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Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band | Leeds Brudenell | 28/02/12

 

Simply Devine

Gig review and Photos by Dawn



‘The last time I played here was with Lucero a few years ago,’ says Kevin Devine. ‘I introduced myself, said I was from Brooklyn and a guy in the crowd yelled “Faggot!”.’


To say tonight’s audience are a little more welcoming than their 2007 counterparts is something of an understatement – the reception both Kevin and his band receive throughout their entire set is so enthusiastic that the singer seems genuinely moved by the reaction and there are times when he can barely keep the grin from his face.

 

Jaymay, Devine’s fellow American, has already done a sterling job of warming up the crowd and winning them over. Her punchy songs sit somewhere between the genres of folk and country and from the opening number with its catchy whistling to a duet with headliner Kevin, she had the audience under her spell thanks to her brilliant lyrics and intriguing way of using her voice as an instrument.

 


 

As for Kevin himself, his performance is simply captivating – a bearded ball of energy, he bounces around the stage having the time of his life, ably assisted by his band.

 

Mike Strandberg is equally smiley, making all manner of weird and wonderful noises by running various devices up and down his guitar strings.

 

The set comprises a mixture of songs from Kevin’s back catalogue interspersed with a nice line in stage talk. He has an endearing way of glancing along the front row as he plays as if to check that everyone is enjoying themselves as much as he is.

 

Hypnotically heartbreaking and smile-inducing in equal measures, Devine’s first visit to the UK since 2009 is long overdue and one can only hope that he and his band return to these shores much sooner next time.


With thanks to Kevin.

Visit kevindevine.net and jaymaymusic.com for more info.

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