The Musgraves, The Other Room, Birmingham Ballroom 08/06/12 | Counteract | National News with a Local Edge | Counteract is a Birmingham based music magazine covering the latest and best news, reviews and interviews.
If any band out there needs an example of how to get on the ladder to success, they’d do well to look at recent sensations The Musgraves, who within the past year have gone from performing in city centre coffee shops to performing live on TV.
I first caught the band at last year’s Oxjam festival when they performed at The Yardbird, and apart from a tiny bit of polishing up here and there, they really are just the same band playing the same catchy songs. It is a little unfair to say that the band owe so much to BBC chat/Radio 2 host Graham Norton (don’t get me wrong, they do owe a certain amount), but they have worked hard to where they are today, with BBC 6Music, Q Magazine and British Telecom all taking a liking to the Birmingham band.
Performing in a bright yellow jacket (more like Freddy Mercury than Gladys from Hi-Di-Hi), Matthew Bennett delivers perfect vocals to their various pop styled music. Violinist Lesley-Marie Turner is pure beauty; you could say she was born to be in show business. 6 songs in drummer and Tom Farnell shouts out that he is tired, maybe he couldn’t sleep with excitement that he was playing in the band’s home town?
Their set included recent single ‘Comfortable Shoes’ with Turner’s whistling probably overlooked by everyone in the room, and my favourite track ‘So Sofia’, which really should be summer anthem.
For me, it was nice to see a nearly full room. Pop music isn’t my preferred genre of choice but there are successes away from the self named indie B-town and The Musgraves are certainly on their way to stardom. It is also a refreshing change from the industry that is cluttered with manufactured artists, to get an act who only want to sell you a mug, rather than every other piece of merchandise under the sun.
About Jonathan Morgan
Big fan of indie dance and loud live music, really would like to attend more festivals. Ears in love with the sounds from Nirvana, Vex Red, Victories At Sea, Oasis, Feeder, Tall Ships, Bloc Party, Idlewild, The Horrors, Editors, Placebo...