Set in the centre of Shepherd's Bush in a small, yet extravagant, venue; Durex put on their final gig in the Intimate Sessions series with the headliner for the night being Tribes. To complete the line up, they added New City Kings and an XFM DJ to the bill and it created the formula for a pretty good night.
Being the bad music journalist that I am and not knowing a single song, this was an extremely exciting to see. I was about to get to know the band through a stripped back, raw set and having met them just hours before the set, I knew they were all going to make this a night to remember. Tribes walked on stage and straight away there was an instant connection between the band and the 250 selected winners. It set a tone of a chilled, laid back evening where we got to hang with Tribes and get to know them on a one-to-one basis. Performing songs like Corner of an English Field, Bad Apple, Dancehall, Sappho and all the other hits; it was clear that the trio (the drummer wasn't there for the acoustic show) had real talent. It takes a lot of balls for a band of that size to really take everything away and become vulnerable performers who were about to prove whether they could actually sing, play and connect. Verdict is that they definitely can and I became a fan as the set progressed. Looking around the lightly lit venue, it was easy to see just why the hype had grown around them over the past however many years. They appeared to be on top form last night and it was another gig that has really changed mind on how I view music and the bands.
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Source: Connor Willis at Itsallindie.com
“The group played with a stripped back line-up, with much of the gig featuring only singer Johnny Lloyd and bassist Jim Cratchley, who switched to guitar for the night.”
“… it is like a joyful campfire sing-along raised up onto a stage and transported to the cosy confines of someone’s (admittedly sizeable) living room.”
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