Heading to ex servicemen’s club Moth Club in Hackney, which was recently made more famous by Lady Gaga’s surprise appearance, I was really intrigued to see how She Drew the Gun would be live. I love the album, especially the diversity of tracks, but didn’t actually have any preconceptions of how the music would translate live. I came away more than impressed.
A small technical glitch at the beginning had the crowd itching to get the set kicked off, before the band launched straight in with no introduction, welcome or hello, which came across far from rude, but more bold. The decision made more sense as we got further into the performance and were informed of front woman and singer Louisa’s political concerns.
Self-described as, ‘dreamy lyrically evocative psych-pop from the banks of the Mersey’, She Drew the Gun is just that. Louisa was completely captivating throughout, not in a typical arrogant ‘look at me’ that unfortunately still comes across with some live acts, but instead drawing the audience to want to sit down with her after the show and find out about her life, her views (although as mentioned, some of these are made pretty clear in her lyrics) and her inspiration.It was like she was naturally and quietly confident with what she and the group were doing yet a little bit awkward and grateful at the same time.
The four-piece were super tight throughout the whole night, whether that was during the dreamy and wistful Where I End and You Begin or the more politically-charged and less melodic Poem. The latest album Memories of the Future has an incredibly varied song list – some may argue that this shows that Louisa and her fellow musicians haven’t found their sound yet, but to me it shows a talented artist who is not afraid to experiment with her vocals and musical capabilities.
Accompanying the show was a screen behind the performers, filled with animations demonstrating the particular record playing and reinforcing the protests in their material which concerns everything from homelessness to social injustice and everything in between. The visuals were fantastic and helped keep an already captivated audience even more engaged.
She Drew the Gun is well worth seeing and would be particularly great in a festival setting – I’m gutted I missed them at Glastonbury – you can keep an eye on tour dates and gigs on their website.
Words by Joanna Green
Image courtesy of BBC Pictures