Live review: Vetiver @ Komedia, Brighton, 28.06.11
Supported by: Chris T-T, Marques Toliver
This unreliable ‘reporter’ (of sorts) will have to hold my hands up and apologise because I managed to miss the first support act of the evening, Chris T-T, whilst I was grappling with the public transport systems in Brighton. Sorry Chris!
However I did make it to Komedia in time to see the second support act, Marques Toliver who is originally from New York but is now based in London. Toliver has an incredible, soulful voice with a huge vocal range. He plays charmingly honest lo-fi songs, using only his voice and a violin/glockenspiel, and at points comes down off the stage to sing and play without mics. Toliver has an engaging personality, but mostly it’s his expressive voice that has won over the audience this evening.
When Vetiver appear on stage, quite a large and eclectic crowd have gathered at Komedia. I saw Vetiver once before (albeit with a different line-up) at Bestival in 2009, where their skilful musicianship and chilled out demeanour made them the absolute highlight of my weekend. Needless to say I was excited about seeing Vetiver again, who are touring in support of their endlessly repeatable new album The Errant Charm (released via Bella Union).
Songs from the Vetiver’s back-catalogue, such as ‘You May be Blue’ and ‘Strictly Rule’ lull the audience into cool folk, Americana and blues meanderings. And, more upbeat tracks such as ‘Another Reason to Go’ ‘Rolling Sea’ and ‘Wishing Well’ have the crowd bopping away, and give the band a chance to show off their technical ability to ad-lib and play off each other to produce some truly astounding riffs and song climaxes. Also, band leader Andy Cabic’s voice has a tranquil and untroubled tone to it and it sounds great live.
The stuff from The Errant Charm, particularly ‘Can’t You Tell’ and ‘Wonder Why’, sounds like perfect summery folk-pop, and the band come to life whilst playing it.
Vetiver are really friendly on stage and have yet again wowed me with their technical ability to just jam together and create some great noises (not to mention the fact that they have a fearsome back-catalogue of well-written tunes to play from anyway). I wish more bands were as gifted as Vetiver are, but then again, I’m also pretty happy that they’re a step ahead of the rest.
Look out for our interview with Andy Cabic, this coming week! – Misky
Incomplete, probably incorrect set list (in no particular order):
Another Reason to Go
You May be Blue
Can’t You Tell
More of This
I Know No Pardon