LIVE REVIEW: Mick Harvey, J.P. Shilo @ The Cluny, Newcastle (04.11.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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There are seldom few artists who can boast such accolades as Mick Harvey, a founding member of both The Bad Seeds and The Birthday Party and most recently part of PJ Harvey’s touring band. But tonight the focus is very much on Harvey and his collaborator J.P. Shilo, and comprises of two sets, the first being an excitable tirade of genre-bending tracks from J.P. Shilo. The focus is heavily on his new album Invisible You, and there is an intensity and almost anger to many of these tracks. An undercurrent of angst flowing through them, whilst he plays with such wild abandon.

The latter cannot be said for the more measured Harvey, who indulges his own back catalogue with the likes of The Ballad of Jay Givens and I Wish That I Were Stone, whilst mixing in exceptional covers of the likes of PJ Harvey, The Saints and of course a rendition of Bonnie & Clyde by Serge Gainsbourg. Harvey is ever the entertainer, cracking jokes and enthusing this adoring crowd. Exuding charisma and filled with passion for these songs, the mood is much lighter than the earlier set in spite of the dour themes that are found in the likes of First Street Blues. Once again, Harvey proves why he is rightfully lauded as one of the best around.


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