Lucy Rose @ Stanley Theatre, Liverpool Guild of Students
I’ve enjoyed every gig that I’ve been to, but what set this one apart from the rest was how unique it was. Instead of a sweaty mosh pit, the Stanley Theatre was decked out with seats, and lit with soft yellow hues, creating a relaxing atmosphere. Last Sunday evening, singer-songwriter Lucy Rose took to this stage, which was at our very own Guild, and played a chilled set: a perfect way to end to the week.
Keeping to the guitar, which support Charlie Cunningham had so brilliantly mastered, producing an entrancing percussive sound, Lucy Rose started her set with Is This Called Home, taken from her third album Something’s Changing which was released earlier this year. The gentle opening was then amplified when her band layered it with drums and violins. What I really liked about this was how she sang it with so much vigour and volume which was a nice change from her recorded version.
As was typical during Lucy’s set, she kept on talking to her audience between songs, sharing her thoughts and making jokes. She told us how she felt nervous, but this was not evident in her powerful projection and how she held the notes in I Can’t Change It All. She went solo with Our Eyes, one of her most popular songs from her album Work it Out (2015). This had a slower tempo and focused on her vocals, unlike the lively instrumental that accompanied the studio recorded version. That’s what is great about gigs: how they are live so that they’re not polished mirror copies of the studio recorded songs. It gives them a rustic and edgy feel as though they are somewhat “new” songs. I like how she pared down this version to fit in with her latest album’s natural and mellow sound- which features songs recorded in just one take. Lucy also switched it up a bit, between the guitar in Is This Called Home, to the piano in Nebraska; the choppy changes kept the audience engaged.
She sung poignant songs including Second Chance, which I feel explores having another opportunity to pursue something in life and its video particularly focuses on ageing and how it doesn’t have to change who you are as a person. She also treated us to her latest release End Up Here, a bonus track with soft vocals, a calming melody and gentle guitar strums. The song and music video define impatience. The music video is filmed in one room in real time and it focuses on Lucy’s restlessness and follows her every passing moment. This is like her latest album: it keeps to the truth, not needing to overdo the songs with excessive embellishments. She also sung Moirai, a song about fate and how it doesn’t always work in our favour. However, she joked how she just searched online for a fancy term for fate and came across The Moirai, the three goddesses of fate. That was what Lucy’s gig was like, a conversation with the audience who she kept engaging with.
Lucy was also keen to please her crowd with well-known, more upbeat fan favourites such as the lively Like an Arrow, and the long term loved Bikes which a lot of the audience were hyped for: when she sung ‘scream out loud’, the audience took this meaning literally! I really enjoyed the lyrical rhythm in this track, particularly with the lyrics: ‘we’re going round and round and up and down’ which sounds like it is mimicking the movement of bikes.
Lucy ended her set with an encore of two songs. All in all, her performance had left a good impression on the crowd as someone shouted out that everyone should stand up, which commenced in a ‘boogie’ to Like an Arrow. And if that wasn’t good enough, I ended up having a lovely chat with her at the end too!