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Christ, why is finding this sort of thing out so HARD. You've a website (Dingwalls) - update it!
when they're on though!
It was 'just' a guy singing and playing guitar last night @ Stereo in Glasgow. He introduced himself as Villagers. Dunno whether he was without his band or whether Villagers is just him. But he was ace, regardless. I keenly got the CD.
Lou & crew were excellent, as expected. He looked really awkward when playing the lead guitar and fugged up a couple of times. He later explained that he was playing bass with his feet. Sure enough, after he'd finished, when I had a look, it was pedal city.
Basically, I could listen to Lou Barlow sing for forever and ever.
but I found his lyrics a bit off somehow. But amazing playing ability and great use of the microphone. I guess he had some sort of delay gating effect on. I've heard it on record but not noticed it live.
Singer-songwriter stuff isn't really my specialist subject either, but I thought he was a bit Jeff Buckley-esque in a way. I see what you're saying re: vocals > lyrics. I'm in no way qualified to comment on the technical setup, but whetever he did hit the spot for me. He definitely had stage presence. The whole venue was silenced and you could pretty much hear a pin drop throughout his set.
What did you think of Lou & co?
Saw him supporting Neil Young in Dublin. Fan-bloody-tastic.