LIVE REVIEW: Daniel Knox @ The Old Cinema Launderette, Durham (25.01.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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A bearded man shuffles through the crowd seated between rows of washing machines. He plonks two large wads of papers on a piano before beginning to play and sing in a manner that casts a spell over all present. Daniel Knox comes from Springfield, Illinois, not, as he is eager to point out, the home of the Simpsons but instead the starting point of his incredible, magical melodramas.

Chasescene was one of the stand out albums of 2018. Songs born of the night, slammed behind closed doors, of a twisted humanity but spiked with dark humour and with a certain cinematic quality to the build-up of atmosphere and mood; although a kazoo solo is never far away.

He would rather be a tormenting ghost than go to a boring heaven or a hell, he tells us. His album’s towering title track takes you by the neck, and the requested final encore track Me And My Wife leaves a lump in the throat.

Daniel once worked as a projectionist, so playing a converted cinema feels pretty appropriate. What a privilege it was to hear that deep cavernous voice and the tumbling piano at such close quarters. Memorable indeed.

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