New Zealand native Pip Brown is a recording artist whom I adore greatly. Just meeting her at the 100 Club last November was a dream come true. Back at the beginning of the year Ladyhawke announced a UK tour which would see them play at various venues across the country. This was to coincide with the release of the long awaited 2nd album Anxiety. Once the dates went on sale I therefore decided to purchase tickets for both Brighton and London. It was actually quite fitting that both of these dates were the beginning and end of the tour. The first date was set to take place at the Brighton’s Komedia. For those who haven’t been to the venue before it is a 650 capacity room which doesn’t have the need for a photo pit. Doors which were due to open at 7pm were delayed by 30minutes because the band hadn’t finished sound checking. When they did open everyone had to wait in the foyer as they still weren’t ready. Once the curtains opened everyone started to make their way inside. It did cross my mind that everything would be running late but to my surprise the support She’s So Rad took to the stage dead on 8.15pm. I enjoyed the material performed but I will be able to appreciate it more in London as I would be aware with what to expect. Around 9.15 Pip and the rest of her band took to the stage and opened with Blue Eyes. This was an upbeat song which showed a lot of promise of what to expect from Anxiety. It was one cracking number and parts of it were really infectious especially the Na Nas. “Thank You all for coming tonight. That’s a new song called Blue Eyes” Pip then said to the crowd as most of them would be hearing this material for the 1st time. Girl Like Me followed on and there was some impressive guitar playing during powerful song. It was then straight into Anxiety which had an electro feel. Now this song was so different in comparison to Blue Eyes which opened up the night. This steady paced song had some incredible verses. It was then onto the first oldie Professional Suicide. It had a slow start and you could notice the electro ness to the song. But both the chorus and the na na nas were really infectious. This old song was delivered to perfection. The very beginning remind me of I Just Love You More by Kate Nash. Magic then followed on. Pip wrote this song when she first moved to London and is a pining love song. This song had a beat to it and everything gelled together perfectly. Dusk Til Dawn had a fast pace to it with some infectious lyrics. This is the only song where you can pick up on Brown’s accent. Black White and Blue which is the current single was the next to be played. Even though Black, White & Blue was extremely heavy due to the guitars/ keys/ drums the song is actually very smooth. The lyrics gel perfectly to the melody.
“This song is called The Quick and the Dead and its about zombies” Pip said before launching into the said song. At first the Quick and the Dead started off with a heavy drumbeat then Pip starts singing this fantastic song. At first it started off at a steady pace then the infectious chorus kicked in. Once over it was back to another old song this being Love Don’t Live Here. This upbeat song was very powerful given the fact electric guitars and the drums made this rather heavy. After plenty of applause it was then onto something brand new. “This is another new song. I’m just going to take it down a notch” Brown then said to the crowd. A heavy drumbeat kicked off Cellophane. This song was rather soft and it was played at a slower pace compared to other songs played on the night. I actually really adored this track and I cannot wait for when Anxiety is finally released. Vanity followed the same suit and this song wasn’t as powerful. Some of the lyrics were delivered beautifully. Another oldie was then played and this being Better Than Sunday. I found this Power Pop song to be rather infectious. I loved its chorus where Pip sings that Monday is better than Sunday.
“The set’s going way quicker than I thought. There’s like 19 songs on the set. Maybe we should do like 8 or something. Now it’s coz I have 2 albums” Brown said before taking on Vaccine. One line of this song is “Who’ll Be My Vaccine, I’ll Be Your Inbetween”. This song was fantastic and has some brilliant verses. “I can’t believe I’ve already played that many songs. It’s crazy” she then said before launching into the forthcoming single Sunday Drive. This was a fast tempo Pop song with infectious lyrics and a punchy chorus. Paris Is Burning followed and this is one infectious song. Pip wrote this song after a long weekend in Paris. The best part of this tune had to be its chorus. The band leave the stage only to return moments later for the encore and the choice of song being Back Of The Van. This was one powerful and infectious song. I really liked the synths at the beginning and the song reminds me of Madonna in the 80s. Back Of The Van is actually about young love and is the oldest Ladyhawke song. Gone Gone Gone was the penultimate song of the night and it is also the last track on the album. This number was extremely powerful and had some brilliant lyrics. “Thank You so much for coming to the show tonight. I was really nervous” Pip said before capping things off with the crowd pleasing My Delirium.
Girl Like Me
Dusk Til Dawn
Black White and Blue
Quick and the Dead
Love Don’t Live Here
Better Than Sunday
Paris Is Burning
Back Of The Van
Gone Gone Gone
OVERALL: I have been to quite a few gigs in Brighton over the past 5 years and I have found that the audiences always get into it more compared to London. This was the case with the opening night of the Anxiety tour. Even with it being sold out I found it rather laid back. The atmosphere from the crowd was simply electric and there was plenty of singing, finger pointing and jumping up and down.
It is ashame that the sophomore album has been pushed back again (The new date for Anxiety is now 4th June). If the album was released on time then everyone would be familiar with each of the new songs. I was lucky enough to attend the album showcase last year so I had heard most of the songs taken from Anxiety. The opening night of this tour was amazing. It was great to hear the new songs again and Pip has plenty of sublime songs. Other than Black White and Blue and Sunday Drive may be the singles but there were plenty of other stand out numbers such as Blue Eyes, Anxiety, Quick and the Dead and Vaccine. Also Cellophane and Vanity were superb tunes and I look forward to hearing the mastered versions when Anxiety does come out.
All in all nothing can fault what was performed on the night. The crowd were treated to all 10 tracks from the forthcoming album as well as 8 tracks from the self titled début album Ladyhawke. I am counting down the days until the final date in London next month.