Tiffany Page - The Garage London
For my first gig of 2010 I decided to forgo the bands of yesteryear that seemed to be filling my concert going calendar in recent months, checking out newcomer Tiffany Page upstairs at London's Garage instead.
The intimate venue had filled up nicely by the time Tiffany was due to perform but there was a large gap between the audience and the stage that no one wanted to breach - which I found odd for a headline set. Tiffany's band took to the stage first, striking up the intro to opener "Police", with Miss Page joining the trio, shaking a maraca throughout the song.
Tiffany's an old school rock girl at heart and has been compared to Chrissie Hynde and Joan Jett at times but her singing on "Police" reminded me most of PJ Harvey. Her musical output is is wedged firmly in rock's camp but it still has very good pop sensibilities, delivering catchy radio friendly melodies. Forthcoming single "Walk Away Slow" is a perfect example, dipping its toes into The Jesus And Mary Chain and "Waiting For The Man" waters and reeling in a big catchy chorus while there!
I had been checking out the songs that currently appear on Tiffany's My Space page for the last few days so it was nice to discover that they all featured in her shortish set, including a great version of "On Your Head", sounding slightly harder than the website demo.
Tiffany's Garage set was the second night of a weekly residency and halfway through the performance she wanted to take her jacket off as the heat was getting to her. This caused a predicament as she was wearing the same dress as last week and she liked to be different but she finally succumbed, removing the garment!
She slipped on her acoustic guitar for "7 Years Too Late", a song that showed her softer side but with a powerful chorus, reminiscent of a Kelly Clarkson or Avril Lavigne ballad, with "Heaven Ain't Easy" following. A very catchy song, a good choice for a second single and the best track of the night!
Tiffany ended her performance with "Playing With Fire", guitar banished, maracas in hand bashing her way through the gutsy set closer but failing to ignite the slightly tepid audience. Even though Tiffany and her trio of lads were on great form, receiving applause and cheers throughout the evening the gap front of stage remained throughout the set, giving the performance a feeling of an industry showcase with an "impress us" audience rather than an atmospheric gig. I did find it puzzling as although there were a few freeloaders like myself in attendance there were certainly numerous paying audience members too.
Tiffany had earlier mentioned to the assembled crowd that it was really fun playing in London as she'd been playing various venues across the UK but it was nice that she could get to her own bed about thirty minutes after she left the venue as it makes a big difference. Her Garage set had wound up at the extremely early hour of 9.50 so it looked like she was heading for an very early night (in Rock Star terms anyway!!).
She has got a busy year ahead of her with numerous shows in the pipeline, including a prestigious tour support with the wonderful Noisettes and the release of her debut single and album just around the corner so I'm sure those early nights will be few and far between as the year rolls on!
Tiffany had introduced her final number with "Thank you for coming, its been really good fun". Well, it certainly was an enjoyable set in my eyes and a good gig to kick off my 2010 shows, even with the lackluster crowd so it's one Page I'll be bookmarking as I plan to return to see her in the not so distant future.