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Euros Childs, Star & Shadow, Newcastle

November 29, 2013 Gig, Reviews 3 Comments

By Lee Hammond

November 29, 2013

Entering the venue tonight you’d be forgiven for thinking you were at a school disco in the ’80s, or as Euros Childs himself refers to it as a scene from Butlins. With the likes of Black Lace’s ‘Superman’ and The Tweets ‘Birdie Song’ ringing through the venue we cannot help but smile and this is before Euros Childs has even taken to the stage.

There was the small matter of the wonderful Laura J. Martin to contend with first. Having just released her second album Dazzle Days on the brilliant Static Caravan, Laura seems to be in high spirits playing songs from both of her albums. The epicly brilliant ‘Fire Horse’ is definitely a highlight. Her fusion of hip hop style beats with looped folk melodies is perhaps not your average combination but Laura really makes it work.

Having already heard the ‘Birdie Song’ this evening I doubt anything will shock this rowdy Saturday night crowd. Her newer tracks are more along the folk side of things. However, they still follow in the same vein as her early stuff. The use of the loop pedal ever evident in her material, you can’t help but take a step back and wonder how one person creates such a beautiful and intricate sound.

Having been left in complete awe of Laura J Martin, Euros Childs makes his way to the stage wasting no time in getting stuck into the tracks from new album Situation Comedy. You’d be forgiven for believing you were at a comedy gig with Euros’ stage patter. The mention of goats in the back of the van and the competition to win a used coach ticket are just a couple of things that he picks to chat about this evening.

This patter compliments songs like ‘Brides In The Bath’ where he embodies a 1930s character to act out the song. ‘Ooh La Oona’ and ‘Second Home Blues’ are lyrically excellent and perfectly delivered. However, There is one as yet unnamed song apparently about Euros’ love for a fruit and veg shop.

The mood is brought down slightly by ‘Holiday From Myself’ – it’s somewhat sombre compared to the rest of Euros’ work; lyrically it is much more introverted. It leaves us with a number of questions about Euros. Despite these questions its clear that the crowd are still in high spirits and so are the band. From the ’80s school disco between the bands to the on stage comedy patter from Euros tonight has been excellent and the new album is even better live!

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Euros Childs.

Laura J. Martin.

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