Now it is time for the third and final instalment of my Nick Mulvey reviews and this time it is his performance in the Lemon Grove last Monday. Now, after talking to him and listening to his music, I had a feeling we were up for a humble and heart warming performance; I certainly was not disappointed.
First up was Nick’s support act All We Are. Personally they did not speak to me. They were a mix between Foals, the 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club and really that was not unique. It was quite a shame as I ended up paying more attention to a weird light which was pointing into the middle of the audience but hey-ho; they may be to someone’s taste.
Then it was time for Nick himself. A radiant entrance occurred as beautiful atmospheric notes swept the room, alluding to his on-coming appearance. He strolled on with his band, smiled and began with the upbeat ‘Transform Your Game’. The whole set mainly revolved around his new album, which he pretty much played all of. It was the perfect gig to go to after a long Monday, no one in the audience was feeling particularly rowdy. Everyone was there for some emotionally soothing melodies and that was what we got.
For the first few songs it was just from Wake Up Now, which all kind of melted into one. Then we really felt more connected with Nick after the beginning of ‘Imogen’. Already, just the mention of this song created excitement as it is one of my favourites, but when Nick described how this song reminds him of when he first saw the baby scan of his son with his wife, who was one of the singers standing on stage, the whole crowd gasped. His wife nervously blushed and smiled and for the remainder of the performance my eyes would glance over to her and I would melt a bit at how cute they were together. Nonetheless, the performance of ‘Imogen’ was stunning, giving me goose-bumps just like it does everyone time I listen to it.
…giving me goose-bumps just like it does everyone time I listen to it
Another particular highlight had to be when Nick was just on his own with the guitar. This isn’t saying that the band were not amazing, but to see Nick alone for a few songs was really magical also. We got reminded that he was at the root of all the songs, and how far he had come as an artist since his first album. Hence his particular performances of ‘Fever to the Form’ and ‘Cucurucu’ were big crowd pleasers. During his performance of ‘Cucurucu’ he encouraged everyone to sing along, and it was a really wonderful moment to hear all these people around me knowing the lyrics to the song and supporting him so he didn’t end up looking stupid waiting for us to sing along on stage. I can’t imagine what it must have felt like on his side.
After a few more songs from ‘Wake Up Now’, the band did the typical exit then re-entrance to probably two of the best songs in the whole performance. First up was the beautiful ‘Infinite Trees’, not only the end of his second album, but a purely mystical and optimistic song with themes of hope and love. Then finally he ended with ‘Mountain to Move’, an almost predictable end with it’s encouragement for change and awareness, epitomising the overall theme of ‘Wake Up Now’.
Overall, the performance was perfect for a chill Monday night. He delivered all of the songs beautifully, and along with his band, made for a gorgeous evening. Thanks Nick.