This Kevin Morby article was written by Max Litchfield, a GIGsoup contributor
Kevin Morby takes to the stage at the Shepherds Bush Empire to an almost packed out standing area. Clearly his reputation over in the US playing with bands such as The Babies and Woods has preceded him and the crowd are keen to see how he fares now as a solo artist. His set is a contrast to the first support act- White Reaper who play hard and fast indie rock, whereas Kevin Morby’s music has more of a slower, hazy, methodical approach.
The small band that accompany Morby have a real live technical proficiency, which the burgeoning crowd really appreciate. However once the artist exchanges the acoustic guitar for the bright red electric a much-needed change in tempo and excitement is felt during his set. The more energetic songs in his repertoire get a chance to be heard, tracks like “Harlem River” and “All My Life” lift the crowd expertly. During a brief chat with Kevin backstage he informs me how much he was enjoying touring the UK and the crowd clearly mirrored this enjoyment from watching his set as he left to rapturous applause from the entirety of the audience.
Although his set started off somewhat plodding and slow, he and the band showed a real knack for turning things around at a vital point in the performance and highlighted their considerable live technique. This performance from the well mannered Kevin Morby will have done no harm to his growing reputation over here in the United Kingdom as he looks to push on with the release of his next album.