Adam Green

02 Academy, Newcastle upon Tyne on Sat 30th Jan 2010

Having seen Adam Green only a few months prior to his show in Newcastle, I knew what I was to expect, however my excitement to see the man headline his own show, having supported Wakefield/Manchester band The Cribs on his previous visit, was evident, and I was not certainly not left disappointed.

Green, founder and front man of long time on hiatus, anti-folk band, The Moldy Peaches, has always been followed and supported by a close, and loyal band of supporters, and has almost formed an indie-cult, devoted to his work now and with the Moldy Peaches.

Touring in support of the release of his sixth solo record, 'Minor Love', released this same month, Green, is without question a man who loves writing and making music, with six solo records since 2002, and it?s also worth mentioning that each of his albums, for the majority, are all excellent pieces of work, and it's from this, that tonight's show could even be deemed as a 'best of' or 'hits' show of the work of Adam Green, with the singer dipping into each of his albums and drawing out the best, the crowd pleasers, and even taking requests from the audience.

It was one of those nights, where front man and audience simply just click together, feeding off each other. Green, almost stumbling on stage in a leather jacket that looked like it had been borrowed from fellow New Yorker, friend, and front man of The Strokes, Julian Casablancas' wardrobe, and Green, as a front man even adopted the hold that Casablancas seems to be able to achieve over any audience with similar relative ease.

Regularly jumping into the crowd, crowd surfing, and dancing on stage in a style that can only be described as a cross between the dancing of Ian Curtis of Joy Division, and Napoleon Dynamite, the sizeable crowd were left in awe of Green, simply hanging onto his every vocal line and anything he had to say.

Definitely a charming man, and musically, Green, and his band, were on top form too, clearly well rehearsed and very talented. Performing an extended, finishing well after the early 10pm curfew, the band treated fans, with definite highlights in the set including the first single to be taken from the new album, 'Buddy Bradley', already a hit with the fans, 'Tropical Island' and 'Morning after Midnight', both taken from the album 'Sixes & Sevens', and 'Jessica', written about American actor Jessica Simpson.

Green knows how to write an indie record, with certain pop sensibilities, and with a stage presence and personality as infectious as his, Green should really be more popular with the masses than he is. But it's clear that he's well respected, and loved, and it's nothing short of deserved, a definite must see.

article by: Anthony Hetherington

published: 05/02/2010 12:23

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