This Lucy Rose article was written by Steven Loftin, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
In case you weren’t aware, Lucy Rose is back and with a brand new, larger sound for her second album. She’s still the same songwriting extraordinaire as before, but with added synths and louder drum beats, which makes for a just as captivating show as her previous work. The new songs translate fantastically while older songs like ‘Middle of The Bed’ and ‘Shiver’ find a whole new framework on which to emotionally grab you.
Manchester Academy 3 was the perfect place for this UK tour to start: an intimate venue, but not in the sense of being under admired. The room was very nearly packed to the rafters and the atmosphere was buzzing with anticipation for what would be the first true UK debut of this next stage in Rose’s career.
She took to the stage with her band in tow; a four piece who help take these songs from the studio to the stage, making a live show you want to move your feet and open your heart to. Opening with new track ‘Like An Arrow’, the earnest song writing from Rose makes this a perfect track to both showcase her developed sound as well as keeping in line with the heart-on-sleeve lyricism we’ve come to expect. It is the perfect opener.
Switching to an electric guitar, the Dylan-comparisons are too easy to make, for another new cut with ‘Cover Up’, which is where things really turn on; it’s a dark, almost brooding song that also gets you moving instantly.
Being able to reinvent songs you’ve previously released is always an appeal at live shows. Artists can adapt or change whatever they want in the moment, because, well, why not? It’s their right. That’s exactly what Rose has done with her older material, as previously mentioned. ‘Shiver’, one of the songs that she has publicly said is very personal and sometimes hard to sing about, now contains an indulged, extended intro of pure guitar strength. It’s almost seemingly more raw now that it features more layers of sound. The same can be said for fan favourite ‘Middle of The Bed’, which approaches the vulnerable lyrics with a more focused musical accompaniment.
Dedicating ‘She’ll Move’ to a fan, who was present but remained nameless, who had previously sent her a letter in regards to the personal affect her music has had on her life, this cemented the absolute darling image she has so easily acquired. Rose was as charming as ever with her quaint stage presence and ferocious ability to command your attention. This new sound has been the major talking point about everything to do with her since she debuted it this year, and it has certainly helped her evolve in the perfect way for the current musical climate.
By the end of the night, after an encore that wasn’t easily heard by Rose, and with a little bit of a technical issue; the crowd had no doubts that Lucy Rose is a name we will be hearing, and a face we’ll be seeing for a long time coming. And it’s about time too.