REVIEW: Lissie / The Script @ Liverpool University 11/09/10

With her critically acclaimed album ‘Catching a Tiger’ still riding high in the UK chart, American folk singer songwriter Lissie is another female artist making waves in the UK at the moment. Our reviewer Sam Parr went along to the University as she supported Irish pop rockers The Script for the Liverpool leg of their sell out tour.

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The next big bluesy folk singer/ songwriter sensation Lissie Maurus blasted her way through a 40 minute slot at Liverpool’s Mountford Hall. With The Script as headline band, the place had sold out and was brimming with keen fans.
{pullquote} songs that you can just sing along to, even if you haven’t a clue what the lyrics are{/pullquote}The all natural laid back country girl from Illinois, Mississippi with tousled blonde hair paraded on stage with her 3 man band around 8.00pm, she opened the night with ‘Little Lovin’ which, in my opinion was just the trick to get the crowds attention.  Its one of those songs that you can just sing along to, even if you haven’t a clue what the lyrics are.
The crowd were ecstatic when they heard the overwhelming power of Lissie’s voice; the atmosphere was hard to beat as she played numerous songs from her newest album ‘Catching a Tiger’ Including the songs ‘Bully’ and ‘Everywhere I go’.
Just before she sung her final song she spoke excitedly into the mic “Stay in Touch, come see us when were back in Liverpool, it’s great to be in Liverpool!” She’s returning to Liverpool as a headline act on December 15th later this year; I know I’ll be there.
The three man band she was playing with almost stole the show in the final song ‘Cuckoo’. The band of Eric a Rastafarian looking guitarist, Lewis Keller a lookalike of Neil from ‘The Young Ones’ and Stuart the rock star drummer really impressed me but what a strange variety of musicians! The three couldn’t look more opposed if they tried! Eric Sullivan’s final guitar solo left the audience and me absolutely speechless!
{pgomakase}She left the stage at 08:37pm, to make way for the script at 9; she strolled off stage with two fingers in the air shouting “Take Care, Peace!”
There was quite a wait for The Script to set up but the audience didn’t let that get them down, songs such as ‘New York’ by Alicia Keys and ‘Rule the World’ by Take That where played into the crowd and the majority of them sang along with great enthusiasm.
The Fashionably late Script appeared on stage about 9.10pm and opened up with the band, minus Danny O’Donoghue, playing a loud upbeat instrumental, which built the atmosphere to an all time high, they then broke it into ‘Talk You Down’ as the lead singer walked on stage. The audience at this point where ecstatic, from girls screaming “Marry me!” to Irish flags being waved around amongst the thousands of people! I looked around, and not one person didn’t have a huge smile on there face.
The band then spoke about how ‘We Cry’ was the first song they wrote together and told hilarious stories about how they’d sat in the Guinness brewery writing songs and drinking Guinness in true Irish fashion.
Plenty of brilliant new songs from the new album ‘Science and Faith’ were played, and they all went down really well with the crowd. The band rounded off a brilliant night with there latest single, ‘For the First Time’ putting a perfect end to the gig.  {sharethis}

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