King King and Sari Schorr at Academy 2: Live Review
I sadly missed Sari Schorr last time she was in the area so this is a great opportunity to finally catch her live act and I am not disappointed! She and her band are mainly concentrating on songs from the last album and her Mott The Hoople cover, Ready For Love, is simply sublime. Ash Wilson’s guitar playing is outstanding, the perfect foil to Schorr’s sultry blues bar voice, their onstage chemistry is electrifying too. The title track of her last album, Never Say Never, is delivered in such a heartfelt manner it touches your soul.
Her velvety blues voice is on form all the way through her performance, the set closer, Valentina, is my favourite from the album and rocks just as good live as it does on the album, if not better! Her set is far too short and with a performance of this quality I will certainly be making sure I get to see her again soon.
This is classic King King, no surprises but they also don’t fail to deliver the goods as they launch this gig with a triple whammy of Broken, Lose Control and the excellent Rush Hour. They have come a long way and being able to pack out the Academy 2 is quite a feat, even with this being the sad farewell to long time bass player Lindsay Coulson who will be leaving the band at the end of this tour. But with the band having signed a major contract in the USA he wasn’t able to commit to the intensive studio time, extensive touring and everything that goes with a band that is seemingly destined for greater things. Back to the gig…
Sadly the subtlety of Stranger To Love is spoilt by the continual chatter at the back of the room, why do people come to gigs to talk? However, Alan Nimmo’s guitar solo at the end shut them up purely by volume, and he shut them up further by telling them to “fuck off to the pub”. Good on you Mr. Nimmo, nice to see an artist take control!
And the band take control with some crowd friendly tunes in Waking Up and (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin, both of which go down a absolute storm, they really couldn’t fail really.
Take A Look follows and is dedicated to Mick “who is downstairs”, possibly at the bar, and then things went Crazy. You Stopped The Rain is exceptional along with the beautiful Gilmouresque guitar solo at the end, and finally Find Your Way Home is the perfect set closer to a perfect set.
Goodbye Lindsay Coulson, and good luck for the future.