This is Lush’s first set of shows in almost 20 years, so there is a sense of deep excitement and nostalgia in the air of The Roundhouse.
Despite this, as the show gets underway, this didn’t feel like a nostalgia trip, this was a band reborn, which had new things to say and the crowd wanted to listen. That being said, at points it was as if the crowd had time travelled back to the 90s. One could definitely sense that it was a cathartic experience for both the band and the audience.
You would never know that lead singer, Miki Berenyi had spent the interim as a magazine Subeditor, rather than touring front woman. She instantly drew the audience in with her warmth by commenting “Against my best intentions, I got absolutely hammered last night. I think we’re sounding good though”. They were.
Miki’s 12 string guitars had all the original ethereal feelings of Lush and Emma’s falsetto melodic backing vocals filled the room to create a dreamlike wall of sound. The two ladies, were always complementing each other’s sounds in a simpatico union. The venue had the perfect acoustics to reverb the haunting sounds around. Philip King’s bass was dense and heavy, enriching and anchoring the light heavenly guitars, on songs such as ‘Undertow’.
Justin Welch having taken over the drum seat from the late Chris Acland, gave an expressive and strong performance. He cemented himself as a fully-fledged member of the band and gave Lush’s back catalogue a fresh feel, whilst still staying true to the original vibes.
The new track ‘Out Of Control’ fitted well into the general mood and sounded like a Lush classic in an instant, amongst songs such as ‘Hypocrite’ and ‘Single Girl.’
Their other new song ‘Out of Control’ slipped so easily into the set, it was hard to tell it was in fact new song. You would almost expect the crowd to sing along, harking back to the old days. Lush have this quality and consistency of their songwriting which makes all their songs feel familiar. ‘Sweetness And Light’ got the loudest cheer from the crowd and was given a suitable thrashing by the band.
With a long 20 song set, the band delivered a faultless performance all the way through. Lush has long been underrated, providing a tonic to the saturated scene of blokey guitar music, which has always been around. Let’s hope they continue to inspire more girls to pick up guitars.
This Lush article was written by Siobhan Scarlett, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson