The ShadowParty ain’t over yet…
And now it’s part two of our Stoke Newington live reviews, and it’s ShadowParty.
A band that Flick Of The Finger has made a firm favourite with our readers. And on Thursday, they were at Birthdays in Stoke Newington, as part of their UK tour. So how was it?
Really darn good, as a matter of fact. The core members, consisting of Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham of New Order and Josh Hager of Devo (drummer Jeff Friedl is with A Perfect Circle on tour at the moment) came on to rapturous applause, as did tour drummer Elliott Barlow and keyboardist Ellen Lewis.
And they got on with it straight away with the opening number, Taking Over. And take over they did, with the vocal sharing of Hager and the hugely impressive Ellen Lewis, who showed she can easily do the parts that indie music queen, Denise Johnson, had done so well on the album.
That got the gig off to a great start, before Sooner Or Later kicks in sooner rather than later. Even though the surroundings were compact, it never compromised the quality of the sound. And those who were new to the music of ShadowParty were certainly being converted.
Recent single release, Reverse The Curse, is the third song to get an airing, and once again the vocal sharing of Hager and Lewis is absolutely spot on. The staunch New Order fans in the audience were getting their groove on to this song, although the sound is nothing unfamiliar to them anyway.
Half way point of the gig comes upon us, and this time it’s time for a bit of Devo influence in the form of Vowel Movement. With Hager and Chapman busting a few Devo moves between them, Phil Cunningham does what comes naturally to him on the guitar, and Elliott Barlow is giving off the drum groove to perfection. Marigold follows that, after Hager greets the crowd with a quick hello, and it’s subtle nature of music goes down very well with an appreciative audience.
The New Order influence of the band is brought back to attention with Present Tense. With Lewis taking centre stage on this track, she definitely wowed the audience with her soulful vocals. ShadowParty certainly fell on their feet when they added Lewis to the touring band.
Penultimate song is Truth. A great electronica song, as Hager stretched his vocal chords to great effect this time. And the show comes to a close with Celebrate. The first single release off the eponymous album and one you will hear a great deal of in the later months.
Fans of both bands involved in this group went home happy, and it’s all down the excellent mix of the members involved. And, if you need more convincing, then go and buy the album as well. You’ll know the quality of it after seeing them live too. And the next time, they’ll be playing to more fans in larger venues. The belief I have in ShadowParty goes without question. Try it for yourself…….you’ll be glad you did.