Monday, 12 November 2012

Live Review: Selflove @ Milo, Leeds, 6th November 2007

by Ben Smith

Milo was hosting Night Vision, an interesting mix of music and poetry.

Playing first, a three-piece who didn't give their name gave a short mix of covers including and an innovative re-working of Frou Frou's "Let Go" and a somewhat less innovative version of Ryan Adams' "Oh My Sweet Carolina" (maybe they should've done the 'classic' "This Is It"), as well as traditional Irish folk songs. The harmonies and violin over acoustic guitar worked well and showed that in time they could be a name worth looking out for on the Leeds music scene. Once they get one.

Despite a prolonged wait whilst a new PA was drafted in to replace the damaged original, Selflove aka Jon Cronshaw, quickly settled into his stride to produce a fine selection of his own material and a couple of clever covers.

Playing solo with an electro-acoustic guitar, he ripped through his set with urgency and displayed fine musicianship. "Holding Me Down" was delivered with the menace of Johnny Cash's "Personal Jesus" redux and "In Memoriam" was perhaps the highlight for me.

Defying the compere's request to finish one song earlier, he delivered a fitting end to the set with a rendition of Guns N Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine", complete with Axl Rose falsetto and yelps.

Answering questions about the somewhat murky origin of his band name, it was revealed that it had been chosen as the first word he saw when he opened the Bible. Whilst musing over the perhaps less memorable names that fate could've presented, the audience was left to digest a very well-crafted performance.

This is a review of a show I performed at in November 2007, article from Leeds Music Scene..

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