Live Review: Meadowlark – Liverpool

Meadowlark

MeadowlarkO2 Academy 2, Liverpool, 24th April 2015

Meadowlark were the first act to open up for Nottingham’s Amber Run, who are out on tour in support of their debut album, which came out on that Monday. The band hand-picked their supports for the tour and were constantly thanking them through out their set.

Meadowlark appeared on stage and seemed nervous somehow, like this was an unusual and unexpected event for them. There was no real stage presence from any of them during the first few tracks, Family Tree and Eyes Wide. Just as I made a note that they’d not even said a word to the crowd they started to have a little chat. It felt a little forced though, perhaps a little rehearsed and all added to the unease that I was sensing.

The majority of this crowd appeared to be very young and their little expectant faces looked up at the stage eager for the main event and not too sure what to make of this support band that their soon to be new idols had picked for them. Eventually everything seemed to warm up, the band became more comfortable, the crowd more engaged and the chitter chatter between tracks more easy and even amusing at times.

Musically Meadowlark couldn’t have put a foot wrong, occasionally there’s a feel of Rae Morris in places  (Eyes Wide and Fire more so I think) because Kate’s vocals are similar in style but that’s hardly a criticism, more an observation. The band boldly engaged the crowd in a little clap along early on in the set and they being so young and keen to engage and please, many of them played along, though their faces didn’t necessarily show that they were all that sure. I’m glad they went along with it. I’ve seen much more established acts stumble at this seemingly small hurdle.

It wasn’t just a clap along that got the crowd more engaged though. The band had a whole other idea up their electronic sleeves. “Are you up for some singing?” Called out guitarist Daniel, the tiniest hint of uncertainty to his voice. Luckily they’d just about won the crowd over so there were more than a dozen excited “yes'” called out. Fly was the track we’d all be crooning to (my favourite song of theirs by far). It’s a fluttering and melodic song and Daniel grew in confidence encouraging the crowd to keep up their singing, even wooing them with a charming “you guys look very pretty when you sing”. Talk about getting the crowd to eat out of the palm of your hand, there were several blushes and wry smiles going on after that comment and perhaps a few sung with a little more gusto.

All in all this was a solid performance for a band who are perhaps unfamiliar with touring venues of this size and if the only hiccups were at the start then I’m in no doubt that by the time the tour comes to an end that they’ll have grown in confidence even more.

 

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