I can’t think of much better to do on a Monday night than head down to Manchester Academy and watch Lewis Watson perform a wonderful gig complete with a top support slot by up and coming Amber Run. Having just released their third EP Pilot, the five friends, who met at university, were clearly in high spirit when they began their set on stage. In August, The Mahogany Sessions released an incredible acoustic version of their latest single I Found which fully exposed their faultless harmonies, which is only one of the many talents Amber Run has to bring to their listeners. The live drums from Felix Archer were also worth a mention, hyping the crowd up with ease. Watch out for these guys, they are going to be big.
The anticipation for Lewis, however, could not be mistaken. Watson opened his set with Stones around the Sun, the lead track of his debut album The Morning which was released back in June. Each and every member of the crowd would sing every single word back to him as if they wanted to prove just how familiar they are with his songs. Watson also gave the audience insight to what the songs were about and what it meant to him, but more often he would remark “if you have been there, you would understand, if you don’t, then you are at better places”. Gracing the listeners with his signature soothing vocals and minimalist instruments, the songs speak for the many tales of Watson’s previous heartbreaks and friendships. They are all incredibly relateable, you could listen to most of his tracks and know exactly what he meant. It’s not often I go to a gig and am impressed if the crowd gets silenced, but for Lewis to be able to silence the crowd (of mainly young girls) with one of his best songs, Windows, took a lot of talent which he clearly has in abundance.
Watson was incredibly humble which many artists now a days are not; he made sure to thank the crowd for listening after every song as if he had forgot he was playing to people who had paid to see him and not to an open mic audience. He played his album in full and added a few tracks from very early EPs, which of course most of the crowd knew word for word. Lewis absolutely smashed his incredibly atmospheric Manchester gig and we hope to see him again soon.
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Review by Jack McCabe |