Review and photo by Dawn
There are chart musicians who would kill to be able to write choruses as catchy as Steve McCormick’s.
It’s testament to both his talent and to the strength of his songs that tonight, supporting Colin Holt, he barely touches any of the tracks on his near-perfect debut album, When Butterflies Attack.
Instead he tests the water with several new songs, which are all well received by a modest but attentive crowd.
On record, opener Joyride is a summery singalong whose catchy chorus and pretty piano are reminiscent of early Keane; live it’s just as striking, its pop-rock hooks still evident in Steve’s solo performance. Similarly, Nothing at All takes a totally different form to its album counterpart but is just as wonderful.
Meanwhile, PSILU is a total tearjerker – if its chords alone don’t tug at your heartstrings, the impassioned delivery of lines such as “Cos every face I see is yours / Why did I let you slip away?” certainly will.
Latest single Goosebumps - currently doing the rounds on the usual social networking sites courtesy of an excellent video filmed near Redcar steelworks - is the perfect set closer and even manages to get some communal clapping and foot stomping going in the crowd. Yet another song which, once heard, simply can’t be shifted from your brain.
Steve’s new album is due for release in September and on tonight’s evidence it seems set to comprise songs just as marvellous as those on his debut LP.
Thanks to Steve. Visit itsmccormick.com and facebook.com/thegreenroomstockton for more information.