The Band Perry - HMV Forum, London
Well, that was an experience! Live, The Band Perry are a sight to behold; they’re like Glee gone country, energetic and in a constant state of movement. Playing their biggest UK show to date, they start fast and don’t let up. Before the main show has even started we have a very American-style stadium announcer counting down the minutes to showtime and there’s a palpable feeling of expectation in the air.
Opening up the evening is singer-songwriter Lindsay Ell, all alone on stage with just her guitar and voice. Quite quickly she wins the crowd over and there’s a focus from the assembled throng that you rarely see for a support act. With some really good tunes and a winning personality the future looks good for this girl from Nashville.
Back to the land of Perry though, and the siblings (Kimberly, Neil and Reid) are in a world of their own. Rocking through opening tracks ‘Done’ and ‘Night Gone Wasted’ you can’t fail but to have a smile on your face as their choreographed dance moves and sheer enthusiasm delight the Forum. Kimberly Perry in particular is ridiculously, relentlessly, perky for the entire hour and a half of the show. And they really do put on a show: there are crowd pleasing covers (‘I Will Always Love You’ (think Dolly not Whitney) and a show closing ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’); there’s crowd interaction on ‘I’m A Keeper’; choreographed guitar pick throwing; ‘Paint It Black’ on the violin; a burst of Fall Out Boy’s ‘My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark’; guitar solos from the excellent supporting musicians and a wonderful crowd led ‘If I Die Young’. The list goes on. The only time the needle on the cheese-o-meter hits the Edam is during a protracted monologue leading into ‘Pioneer’ - and even then you forgive it as Kimberley is just so likeable; she's like your favourite cheerleader infused with the DNA of the Duracell bunny.
If you’re wondering what sort of crowd The Band Perry attract then wonder no more - it’s diverse. The sight of a balding, middle aged man shouting the lyrics to ‘Forever Mine Nevermind’ is one of the more surprising things I’ve seen at a gig recently. So The Band Perry experience? A whole heap of wholesome fun.
The Band Perry photos by Lorne Thomson