LIVE: Courtesans – Green Door Store, Brighton 05/05/2017
Moody half-light set the scene for Courtesans as they returned to Brighton in support of their newly released Better Safe Than Sober EP. However, it was Scream from the debut album 1917 that opened the set, dark booming tones throbbing through the PA while the ever elegant four piece kept the packed venue hypnotised with consummate skill. The screams that ended the song heralded a crowd response just as noisy. Following up with Liberate, and the chance to up the pace, the band displayed their harder punkier credentials, causing heads to bang at the front.
Having stamped their presence on the crowd, the first track to be played from the new EP swept over the room. Mesmerise thoroughly enchanted, and the song’s fluid musical dynamics were matched by the movement of the crowd, with Sinead La Bella’s close sensual vocal crafting a spell only broken by the shouted crescendo to finish. The slow groove continued with Lullaby and another lesson in ambience creation and tension building was served. The heady atmosphere was taken to a new level by The Tide which followed.
Agnes D. Jones’ cool stage presence and classy bass playing came to the fore in FUBAR, drawing more attention to that side of the stage, and Genius impressed with its wonderful harmonies before the down and dirty stomp of Knowhere thudded through the room. The remaining two songs from the EP were played back to back. John Doe and Feel The Same both grew over drummer Vikki Frances’ smooth flowing patterns around the kit to become a mountain of sound, with Saffire Sanchez’s powerful guitar work filling every inch of the available space.
A newer track was up next, Monkey Logic, an attitude packed droning blast with flowing drums and a catchy hook that will stick in your head for days. The set was brought to a close with the uptempo Little Bit Of Luck which saw the crowd bouncing, singing and letting off the last of whatever energy remained. An intense, passionate, and commanding performance.
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