The phrase “too cool for school” was created for the likes of ‘Hanni El Khatib’. The LA based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and lady-killer (that’s according to my partner) was in London to promote his latest LP ‘Moonlight’ and was to do so with a quite ferocious set.
It was a set that almost reached the 20 mark, with regards to tracks performed, and gave us ticket buying public massive value for money, the obligatory ringing ears and a Tuesday morning hangover that didn’t seem so bad considering what had gone before. We were treated to new tracks, with ‘Moonlight’ kicking off proceedings, and a trip back into the artists impressive back catalogue. ‘Dead Wrong’ and ‘Build.Destroy.Rebuild’, from 2011’s ‘Will the Guns Come Out’, were certainly crowd favourites and started off the evening with real aplomb.
But it was ‘Loved One’, also from the aforementioned LP, that was the highlight of the evening. The track seemed to take the gig to an altogether higher level, which in itself was incredible considering the relentless set to that point. It really was given a new lease of life in this live environment and provided a jaw dropping moment that surprised even some of the more seasoned fans in attendance.
Even a small scuffle at stage front (a case of handbags at dawn) couldn’t deter from what was a tidy, and almost effortless set for the band. For those who own the latest, or previous albums, do yourselves a favour and check this band out live. Do yourselves another favour and take the next day off work.
‘Moonlight’ is out now on Innovative Leisure.