& THE HOWLING WEATHER PLUS: DAVE HAUSE
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.
Guitar lessons with Brian: a hit Brian was seriously impressed with his own name