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JEN CLOHER

+ Cable Ties

@ The Lexington, London, England

25/09/17 (Live Review)

Reviewer – Tony Proudfoot

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Jen Cloher

JEN CLOHER . Photo – Tony Proudfoot

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Jen Cloher kicked off the UK leg of her world tour to promote her fourth, and self-titled, album at The Lexington pub in London late last month, with Courtney Barnett, Bones Sloane, and Jen Sholakis filling out the rest of the band.

A cool, little 200-person capacity upstairs venue that when entering, is reminiscent of The Tote in Melbourne, with the sunken pit at the front of stage, but sans sticky carpet.

Bringing along for the ride another local Melbourne punk-rock act Cable Ties, this incredible band have only released one record, and are on their first ever tour overseas, but if there were any nerves about this, they were most definitely swatted aside as they owned the stage.

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Jen Cloher

JEN CLOHER . Photo – Tony Proudfoot

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Singer Jenny McKechnie is a powerhouse, and spitting out the words to songs like Cut Me Down and Say What You Mean in a punchy 30 minute set, it felt like someone giving you an open-handed full-forced shove in the chest – in a good way – such was the impact of the delivery and lyrical content.

As the room filled to sold-out capacity, you could tell there was a solid Milk Records devoted audience, with Fraser A Gorman, Courtney Barnett and other label-act tee’s dotted through the crowd. It wasn’t as Aussie ex-pat as you’d expect though, as conversations with French, Portuguese and English fans in the crowd attested to.

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Jen Cloher

JEN CLOHER . Photo – Tony Proudfoot

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Jen Cloher might be known as Courtney Barnett’s other half in some circles, and some in the crowd may have been here due to the Barnett factor, but Cloher is clearly also her own woman with her own identity and musical style. Unafraid to tackle the big issues, her songs strongly reference same sex relationships, equality and pride, and the state of the world in general.

Opening up the set with Hold My Hand from her 3rd record In Blood Memory, she introduced a slow-burn guitar style, which built to a mighty crescendo, and set the tone for the rest of the night.

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Jen Cloher

JEN CLOHER . Photo – Tony Proudfoot

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Rattling through songs from her last two records, the band really opened up, with solid guitar interplay from both Jen and Courtney, while Bones and Jen held the rhythm as tight as a metaphor about fish rectums and water.

It was a triumphant set, lapped up with glee from the crowd, and testament to this was number of punters who hung around after the show to have a chat, buy some merch and get selfies from the whole band – approachable and humble as ever.

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Jen Cloher

JEN CLOHER . Photo – Tony Proudfoot

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Check out Tony Proudfoot’s gallery of this show HERE

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