VV Brown – The Bush Hall, London, March 25th 2009
Halfway through her set at the exquisite Bush Hall, VV Brown stood peering out at the crowd. “Do you like my dress?” she enquired. “I was shopping the other day and picked up an old granny dress, cut it up and this is it!” Such between-song chatter wasn’t rare from this confident, stylish and acutely talented artist – VV has honed her live set to a tee, mastering not only vocals but also the art of charming a crowd – and this was despite the sound engineer’s very best efforts to hamper the VV show…
From the first track (perky first single Crying Blood) to the last, VV’s mic was never turned up quite enough – although it got steadily better. However at the start, it was so bad that the crowd as one turned to the back of the hall to see what the problem was. No matter though – despite being drowned by her enthusiastic backing band for at least half her set, VV had such stage presence and an easy, charming manner that we could tell she was rockin’ it even if we couldn’t fully hear it. All of which meant that when the mic was eventually cranked up, it carried her huskily smooth vocals across the room, shown off on a variety of her jagged pop tracks, infused with the spirit of rock’n’roll.
Brown looks like she’s from the 40s, all quiffed hair, cool attire and long legs. Her backing band didn’t let her down either with their de rigeuer pastel shades and chequered shirts coupled with avid clapping along. On the projected images in the background couples lindyhopped, VV danced and the vibe was retro, rock’n’roll, cool. Stand out tracks included upbeat first release Crying Blood, the broodingly intense Back In Time, epic new track In The Water and quirky new single Leave, which had the crowd baying for more. We also applauded her cover of the Smiths’ This Charming Man, adding extra glitter to an already classic song.
VV Brown was a hot tip for 2009 and so far she hasn’t disappointed. She spent last year supporting Ida Maria, this year she’s opened for The Ting Tings, but we reckon that sometime soon surely the ultimate spotlight has to fall on her.
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