BRIAN FALLON

& THE HOWL­ING WEATHER PLUS: DAVE HAUSE

Kerrang! (UK) - - Lives - WORDS: EMILY CARTER PHO­TOS: PAUL HARRIES

HIP­PO­DROME, KINGSTON. 19.02.18 KKKK RED BANK’S FINEST GIVES HIS NEW AL­BUM ONE HELL OF A LAUNCH PARTY

■ THE BEST thing about a Brian Fallon show is that you’re es­sen­tially get­ting two gigs for the price of one: rock and com­edy (rock­om­edy?).“you didn’t know you bought tick­ets to mu­sic and stand-up,” the New Jer­sey na­tive winks five songs into tonight’s set, hav­ing just spent the first por­tion of the evening in­form­ing the au­di­ence about the perils of New Or­leans’ “hu­man­sized” cock­roaches, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously re­veal­ing his plans of be­com­ing a lion-tamer via the medium of Twit­ter. If this sounds bonkers, it’s be­cause it ab­so­lutely is. But it’s also just one of many rea­sons why, in his solo years, Brian’s ca­reer has blos­somed into some­thing truly ex­tra­or­di­nary. Up first, fel­low trou­ba­dour Dave Hause (along with his brother Tim) warms up the crowd with nine songs of en­dear­ing acous­tic punk, in­clud­ing a won­der­ful cover of the late Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down. But this is Brian’s bash. Cel­e­brat­ing the re­lease of new LP Sleep­walk­ers – part­ner­ing with ace lo­cal record store Ban­quet – the front­man leads his back­ing band,the Howl­ing Weather, through new­bies Come Wan­der With Me and Lit­tle Night­mares in typ­i­cally charm­ing style.the hazy neon club lights of the Hip­po­drome may seem like an un­usual set­ting, but the mu­si­cian’s dreamy tales of love (the twinkly Among Other Fool­ish Things; the stun­ningly im­pas­sioned Etta James) cut through ef­fort­lessly. This would al­ready be more than enough on any given night. But then Brian slides up to his pi­ano and de­liv­ers jaw-drop­ping solo ren­di­tions of The Hor­ri­ble Crowes’ Last Rites and The Gaslight An­them’s The ’59 Sound, giv­ing fans a tan­ta­lis­ing teaser of what they can ex­pect from his ‘other’ band’s up­com­ing re­u­nion dates this sum­mer. Whether he’s mak­ing crowds cry with laugh­ter or find spir­i­tual heal­ing through lyrics – or both – Brian Fallon is on the form of his life. Talk about value for money.

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