Lissie - Koko, London
Firm Fix favourite Lissie Maurus‘s debut long player Catching A Tiger made a real impression on the UK public when it appeared in 2010, giving the singer a number 12 chart placing and a gold album to boot. The singer unveiled her follow up Back To Forever earlier this month, with the album treading a similar path to her first collection, delivering radio-friendly, 70s tinged AOR but with a slightly harder edge.
London’s Koko was the venue of choice for Lissie’s biggest headline show to date in the UK, with the singer selling out the Camden club as part of an extensive UK tour to promote album number two.
The show may have been sold out but it was touch and go whether all the audience would make it earlier in the day due to the hideous storm that had battered the south that morning. There was even a tree uprooted next to the venue! Luckily, transport in the capital was almost back to normal by the evening and Koko looked pretty much rammed from where I was standing. Lissie did mention on a couple of occasions how happy she was that people managed to get there in the end.
Attendees were rewarded with an exceptional set including new tracks ‘Love In The City’, album opener ‘The Habit’, current single 'Sleepwalking' and a ballsy ‘Shameless”, with its raucous middle eight. Older songs weren’t in short supply either, with ‘Record Collector’, ‘Bully’ and 'When I'm Alone' (with a little intro that reminded me of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Master Blaster’) all making an appearance. There were also a few tender moments on display in addition to the singer's more upbeat material, with 'They All Want You' and the always sumptuous 'Everywhere I Go' both pulling on the heartstrings.
No Lissie review is complete without mentioning her band, especially guitarist Eric Sullivan, as his playing impressed throughout, most noticeably during his solo for 'Further Away (Romance Police)' and his exceptional "moment in the spotlight" as part of a breathtaking 'In Sleep'.
The evening ended with the songstress's regular cover of Kid Cudi's 'Pursuit Of Happiness', with the singer's cheeky rendition a joyous way to complete the night, a ray of sunshine on what started off a pretty repulsive day.