On Saturday night, London singer-songwriter brought his glowing act to the Macbeth, in Hoxton, London. The night also featured a number of new and up and coming musicians so a shout out to The Death Rays Of Ardilla, Filthy Boy and Coves for helping to put on a brilliant evening.
I cannot stress anymore, we are drooling over the prospect of Eugene McGuinness’ new album, ‘The Invitation to the Voyage’ which will be released on 6th of August in the UK on Domino Records. Having picked up his brilliance through stinting as Miles Kane’s guitarist, we haven’t been able to put him down! We’ve trawled through his back catalogue and we definitely recommend that you do the same! However, there seems to be something very different about this era, there seems to be a lot of well deserved hype.
Eugene is definitely one of the acts of 2012 to look out for, he’s going to be big, which is why we’re getting in there with his smaller gigs so that in ten years when he’s performing at massive venues, we can say we saw him in the beginning. If you’ve never seen Eugene McGuinness live, one of the most striking things about his performances (apart from his shirts and dance moves) is his voice. If you’re a fan, you’ll know how epic his vocals are. If you’ve seen him live, you can’t quite understand how he manages to reproduce those epic vocals time and time again, it’s astonishing.
The Macbeth show on Saturday night was no different. He opened the set with album opener ‘Harlequinade’ which has something quite brilliant within it, something that reminds us of Blur’s hit ‘Boys and Girls’. It’s definitely one we’re looking forward to having on our iPod. At this point, Eugene already had the crowd in the palm of his hand. Proceeding ‘Harlequinade’ we were presented with of the finest Brit-pop tunes to reach our ears in a long time in the shape of album lead single ‘Lion’. As usual this was greeted with foot tapping, head nodding, dancing and is simply a song that forces you to get moving and sing a long. To which the crowd at the Macbeth obliged with interest.
The set also featured another dip into the new album with ‘Videogame’. A song which he devoted to Miles Kane during a show at the Barfly in Camden back in March. The song ‘Fonz’, from his self titled debut album also received an airing as did a cover of Ian Brown’s ‘Dolphins Were Monkeys’. The set was then concluded with the familiar tunes ‘Thunderbolt’ and ‘Shotgun’, both of which received a rapturous reception from the audience who sung a long and danced the night away. Well done Eugene!
We’re very much looking forward to the release of ‘Invitation to the Voyage’ and will bring you a review of it here once we get a hold of it!
We’re also, with vague optimism, hoping to pin down the man himself for a chat very soon!
This is going to be a big year for the Eugene and we encourage you to make yourself a part of it!
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