Dimbleby And Capper - The Macbeth, Hoxton, London
Dimbleby and Capper is one person. That being Laura Bettinson, from London. She gets that question a lot, and apparently it's just a name, so stop asking why. Not that she is solo tonight; the live band is a four piece. You don't know who the others are, because they are wearing porcelain-white masks, in the shape of beaks, peaking out from black hoodies, which is just a bit sinister. OK, so that's all cleared up.
Tonight at the Macbeth in Hoxton, Laura was topped off with what I can only describe as a pink feather busby. Considering that last time I saw her, she was mainly dressed in sticky tape, one can surmise that art and design play a big role, which is fine if it gets you into the right frame. Tonight it does. In fact it would be fair to say that even if you'd been taken there wearing a blindfold, you would still have to agree that she and the beaked ones fairly and squarely ripped this small venue. Despite the band backing being drums, guitar and bass, the overall effect is still percussive electro.
Song of the night is the reason we are here. It is the launch event for new single 'Let You Go'. Despite her other material being strong enough to have brought me back, this new one is a cut above. Definite promotion to the next division. It squelches and honks along, but the highlight is the way the melody breaks and distorts and Laura's vocal hits a lovely moment of almost discord. Other songs like tonight's opener 'Raise It Right' lack the big pop chorus of the single, but on the other hand cement a solid body of work in a short seven song set.
We were also treated to support from the Ta Na Deptford Dance Troupe who were the people in Dimbleby and Capper's video for the single. A mixed dance troupe I might add, including a mighty beardy bloke with fairy wings, and we could even forgive them for dancing to such cheese as the Bee Gees. They writhed and jigged on the stage, on the floor, on the bar, and then a couple of them stayed in front of the stage while Laura and the bird-men were playing. It was a happening.