Gig Review: Matt Corby / The Cluny / Newcastle / June 22nd
Matt Corby’s sold out Newcastle show took place at The Cluny. The sun was shining as everyone made their way into the crowded and cool venue on Saturday June 22nd. The support came from Annie Eve, a London based singer-songwriter whose voice left my friend and I feeling like we’d made a great discovery. The only negative being that her songs were a little depressing to hear in quick succession, but performing with just one other is the reason for this. Get some drums onto tracks like Elvis and she’s off! It is always great at gigs when you leave with a band or an artist’s name to YouTube when you get home, and Annie Eve provided me with that.
At about half past nine the main man graced the stage alone to welcome the sweaty but patient audience with an acoustic version of a song that the setlist (which I was lucky enough to get my hands on after lingering by the stage at the gig’s end) tells me is ‘Water and Wine’. One of my personal favourites ‘Made of Stone’ which was given a heartfelt keyboard-bashing rendition with full drums and bass guitar after Chris Maas and T-Bone were introduced to The Cluny’s eager audience. It was amusing when members of the crowd holding up a sign for Corby to wish their friend “Sarina in Switzerland” a happy birthday was met with “that ain’t gonna happen” but made up for by letting them record him saying “happy birthday in the nicest way possible without singing it”.
Current single ‘Resolution’, the video of which you can watch below, has to be a highlight of the show. The music, lyrics, accompaniment and Matt’s voice were all outstanding. It was a surprise to hear his “ode to humanity” as soon as it was played, track four of the 11-song setlist. Throughout the gig, Matt asked the crowd if everyone was alright and having a good time. Needless to say these questions were met with rapturous applause.
Halfway through and Chris and T-Bone left the stage for Matt to do another two acoustic songs, ‘Untitled’ and his cover of ‘Lonely Boy’ by The Black Keys. He asked for silence and, despite a couple of rowdy heckles at the beginning, he got it. The crowd were at a standstill; commanded by Matt’s vocals and the intricacies of his guitar work. It is easy to forget that he is only 22 years old. Hailing from Sydney, the Australian musician is yet to become widely known in Britain. But with devoted fans and word spreading through his record label Communion, hopefully a debut album will be with us before the year is out.
It is always great to see musicians having a great time on stage, Matt Corby and his band certainly were. Their enjoyment echoed in the thanks at the end of the performance. Fan favourite ‘Brother’ seemingly closed the show, the crowd’s chanting of Brother’s main hook had them back for an encore with ‘My False’. To top off the awesome experience of the gig, Matt Corby’s official Twitter and Facebook pages actually used the image that I posted on Twitter and credited me for it!
Watch the video for ‘Resolution’ below: