Ward Thomas @ Komedia 5th October 2016

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Twins Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas are impeccable British country singers whom created chart history by becoming the first UK country act to chart at #1. The moment they announced the Cartwheels tour I immediately snapped up a ticket. Both the Brighton and London dates enticed me. I’ve been hooked on Ward Thomas since the day I heard the Footnotes EP. Fast forward to the 5th October, the Komedia show was the first stop on the tour and I chose to arrive in the early afternoon. The main reason being I had a couple of friends who were attending as well.

Anyways Ward Thomas were incredible as per usual, they even performed Cartwheels in its entirety and they also sang a couple of tunes from the debut From Where We Stand. Things kicked off with the whimsical Good On You. Now this was incredibly entrancing and I adored the fact it was extremely mellowing. In fact Catherine’s vocals and Lizzy’s harmonising sent shivers up my spine. I adored the whole acapella feel which put the vocals in the forefront. Straight after it was time for Where The Sky Is. Now this was a bright and breezy song. The vocals were gentle, luscious and the melody was rather gentle aided by parts which utterly entranced me. “Hello everyone. Thank you so much for coming out this evening” Catherine said before they delved into Boomerang. Now this was a punchy anthem like number. Actually I would say it’s more country rock . This song opened up with Catherine singing about a guy who is no good, but it’s hard to let go resulting in her coming back to him like a boomerang. “It’s like one step forward takes me two steps back/ No matter what I try to do/ You got me spinning like a Boomerang/ I keep on coming back to you”. I have to say this tune was extremely contagious. Infused to the ending you had the insatiable Dirt And Gold. This pacey cut was a right fire cracker with lyrics which left me compelled. I was left completely mesmerised, Catherine and Lizzy’s vocals were sugary sweet and then you had the chorus which was a roller coaster ride “You’re on a crowded city pavement flooded with rain/ You see a sick dance floor and it’s calling your name/ AHey! Oh yeah/ To you there’s no such thing as a dead end street/ It’s all about a part of how you gotta follow your dreams/ AHey! Oh yeah/ Oh looking down an unpaved road/ Everyone else sees dirt but you see gold” I found this to be a fun filled number with lyrics which left me hooked. “So this next song is called Material” Catherine then mentioned to the audience. Now Material was ever so entrancing and Lizzy took to the keys for this one. I found this newie to be absolutely gorgeous, both Catherine and Lizzy’s vocal tones were both light/ fluffy. The cutesy Material was delivered to perfection leaving me spellbound at the same time. The tender Almost Easy was ever so beautiful with a dash of sadness aided by a vocal delivery which was both soft and gentle. “If I was only losing you/ Goodbye wouldn’t be so brutal/ It would be almost easy/ We built castles in the clouds/ We planned a thousand futures out/ Now your packing up and leaving”. I especially liked the fact you can picture what is happening within your minds eye. “So we cant believe that we’re already here with a second album and we always remember that first time when we heard our first song ever being played on the radio” Lizzy said before they took things right back to the beginning. It was in fact Sir Terry Wogan who spun The Good And The Right for the first time. Now this was a toe tapping number with startling vocals and punchy lyrics. “So I think this is the first ever cool song we’ve ever written” Lizzy then said to the intimate audience before launching into Guilty Flowers. Now this tune was played on Radio 1. This superb number  was an addictive tune with vibrant verses and a uptempo chorus. “I should’a known, I could’a told you you were lying/ Fool me once, fool me twice, oh, stupid me/ I didn’t want to doubt, didn’t want to find out/ But now I know/ Coz you came home with/ Guilty flowers/ Guilty flowers”. It painted a picture of a guy who had an affair, broke his partners heart, left her and now the new partner thinks the same will happen to her. The moment when this guy brings her flowers confirms her fears that she may just be another notch on the bed post. It was then time for the dreamy Safe. Like each tune both Catherine and Lizzy had their own portions which showcased those candy coated vocals. This tune was beautifully tender and I especially liked the fact it had been fully stripped back. Cartwheels was a soothing number which mellowed me out. The lyrics were spectacular and the vocal delivery was rather breathtaking “I’ve been doing cartwheels/ Anything to save us/ Anything to make you notice me”. On a whole this tune again showcased Catherine and Lizzy’s talent at song writing. Next it was time for When I’m Not, this was a lovely song which sent shivers down my spine. At first it was rather soft/ gentle then when the band joined in it gained that extra oomph. Following on it was onto When It’s Not Me, now I love every song featured on Cartwheels but this has to be my favourite. Now When It’s Not Me was a masterpiece, the melody was rather upbeat, the lyrics were incredibly infectious and the vocals oozed plenty of sass.This song has plenty of single potential. Push For The Stride  was a rip roaring tune which they blitzed through with plenty of gusto. Everything about it was perfect. Plenty of Country vibes oozed from this number which was ever so contagious at the same time. “So we’ve doing a thing called SnugSessions on Youtube” Lizzy told the audience before they got stuck into Proof. This was literally spellbinding and I felt chills going up my spine. The vocals were crisp and the way they both harmonised was sheer brilliance. I was standing there transfixed whilst they delivered this luscious tune to perfection. Other than the ukulele you also had the accordion. After plenty of applause it was then time for a bit of Lose Me. Now this was a pacey cut along with spotless vocals and catchy lyrics. The upbeat Lose Me was a punchy toe tapper and it had me moving on the spot. Now this was an epic cut which left me in a trance. Carry You Home was an extraordinary cut which oozed plenty of soothing country vibes. Both Lizzy and Catherine’s vocals infuse to one another perfectly which resulted in something rather sweet. The lyrics were beautiful and tender lyrics were impeccable. Carry You Home was a magical jam about friendship and being the one that your friend calls out to if things go wrong “When it all comes caving in/ And you can’t be brave again/ Whenever you need a friend, need a friend call me”. I simply adore this tune and whenever it’s played leaves me spellbound. Once over they left the stage only to return moments. Ward Thomas then left us all with the roller coaster ride which was Town Called Ugley.

SET LIST

Good On You
Where The Sky Is
Boomerang
Dirt And Gold
Material
Almost Easy
The Good And Right
Guilty Flowers
Safe
Cartwheels
Who I’m Not
When It’s Not Me
Push For The Stride
Proof
Lose Me
Carry You Home

ENCORE

Town Called Ugley

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