Vance Joy (James Keogh) released his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing back in March (released in the U.S. and Canada on September 3rd), and it was an honour to speak with this gifted singer/songwriter last month.
His absolutely intoxicating song Riptide is one of our favourite tunes of the year, so to discuss it with the man behind the music was truly amazing.
When AMBY was given the opportunity of meeting and interviewing Vance Joy again, it was a moment we simply couldn’t turn down. Have a look at A Music Blog, Yea?’s interview with Vance Joy below, as we spoke about the best Italian lunch ever, politeness laws, Riptide, and rattlesnakes.
Apart from the interview excitement, I still had a show to attend. Vance Joy played a sold out show at The Drake on Thursday, September 5th. He went on stage that night, solo, accompanied only by his guitar and ukulele on stage.
Warmth filled the room that night as his soft, lighthearted vocals were the perfect canvas for those genuine, down-to-earth lyrics of his. His set opened with the gorgeous Emmylou, we heard some new offerings, and even a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark. The highlight of the show would have to be as soon as James picked up that ukulele. He first ventured into the melodic and moving track Play With Fire, and afterwards everyone in the crowd knew which song was forthcoming; the glorious and heartfelt Riptide.
Practically the entire venue began to sing, “I was scared of dentists and the dark”, and as everyone sang together, the final song of the night came to a finish.
In the end, Vance Joy put on an incredible and memorable show, and his infectious pop-tangled folk music captured us all that evening.