Murray Lachlan Young and Love Nor Money – The Union Club, SOHO
Review by Emma Batrick.
If you were walking past The Union Club in Soho at about 9:30 last night, you may just have been able to hear around 50 voices lamenting “And a dogging I will go, and a dogging I will go” in a good old folky singalong style. This was all instigated by BBC6 music’s resident poet, Murray Lachlan Young, who was headlining the night to a packed room at the delightfully unique Georgian town house.
It’s usually a members-only dining club and there’s a nod towards the Rough Trade A&R in the room, as well as a colleague from 6 music, and Rhys Ifans is talking about a BAFTA screening. This could all be really intimidating but the place is welcoming and so are the people. Crowded next to a piano, which is equally surrounded by portraits, a woman says “It’s ok, you’re among friends”.
And friends talk about everything.
Lachlan Young’s poetry covers a variety of subjects, from finding the one thing that ties all festivals together, and becoming the portaloo, being the portaloo – “Fleetingly you loved me, but now you flee in shame” – to how Keith Richards should die, which is definitely not by falling out of a coconut tree. Beard or no beard? The great question of today. What do women want? The techno-sexual, that’s what! And To a Scrotum, in the style of Rabbie Burns, which explains the intricacies of life that this seemingly separate being undertakes, to a crowd full of laughter and knowing nods and bemusement. There’s a lot going on down there, and in here, and he had quite an act to follow.
The great named band, Love Nor Money, usually combine their beautiful vocal harmonies and trash guitar with underground UK beats, but tonight they played their first ever acoustic gig, box drum an’ all. The stripped back music really shows off just how great their voices and soulful harmonies are, withAnna Toshreally standing out in the ever so talented trio both in presence and skill, like she’s living the music. The well crafted lyrics and performance sees them being more like a happier version of Warpaint than their usual alternative dance music, and as they say, there’s usually a whole lot more leaping about involved in one of their gigs. If they can deliver such a captivating performance with such a simple set up, they’re a sure act to follow this year, and it’s intriguing to see how a fully plugged gig would compare.
You can find out at their next gig at Waterloo Station, 13 February, as part of the VAULT Festival 2015.