ARTIST: Van Susans
SUPPORT: Korda Marshall, The Veta Corps, The Velvetines
VENUE: Proud2 (O2 Arena), London
DATE: 10th March 2012
FIVE WORD REVIEW: Songwriting is alive and kicking!
Recently I’ve been hearing whisperings from those in the know that the art of songwriting is getting lost, yet that’s definitely not what I witnessed throughout Van Susan’s packed out show at Proud2. The buzz in the room was electric and the band seemed determined to impress from the off. A full line up that barely fitted on the stage and included their “new” violin player seems to take the audience by storm despite a less than perfect PA system.
Amidst a varied set of tunes were some gems that I’m sure many a songwriter would be proud to put their name to. The first, Bones, which I’d checked out previous to the show was full of drama and saw lead vocalist Olly ‘Van’ Andrews sing his heart out for the song’s crescendo. Other tunes that stood out included ‘Rat Race’ which slowed the pace a bit and their current release ‘Bricks Not Sticks Or Straw’ which, with it’s infectious chorus that had the crowd singing along – they seem to have a following. Then out of the blue the singer from Korda Marshall got on stage and sang a number with them!
This was a refreshing night for me that rekindled my view that music of all genres is alive and well in the UK today. As for Van Susans – they’re up there with the best.
– Guy Waddington