LIVE REVIEW: Lake Street Dive

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Scala

WHEN: 26/4

SETLIST: Godawful Things; I Don’t Care About You; Side Pony; Clear A Space; Mistakes; Stop Your Crying; Spectacular Failure; Lola; How Good It Feels; Saving All My Sinning; Hell Yeah; What I’m Doing Here; Don’t Make Me Hold Your Hand; Elijah; Just Ask; So Long; You Go Down Smooth; Bad Self Portraits; 17; Call Off Your Dogs.

Lake Street Dive are musical magpies – we think we can hear strains of songs as diverse as The Nolans’ I’m In The Mood For Dancing and the Jim’ll Fix It theme tune at times during their set.

  • Read on for an exclusive picture from the gig

Perhaps it’s just that they have two prominent female members but at times they both look and sound like The B-52’s for us. And that’s no bad thing.

Bridget Kearney plays an upright bass but the stage is dominated by lead singer Rachael Price who pays tribute to Prince before ballad So Long and really comes into her own as the songs become more challenging towards the end of the set.

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What’s so entertaining about Lake Street Dive is that they are so hard to musically pigeonhole. We’d describe them as a 60s-inspired American band with Motown and jazz influences but in truth it’s far more diverse than even that.

The Scala is sold out on a Tuesday night and there are many Americans here but one can’t help but feel that two albums in their UK career just needs one killer song before they break even bigger.

They’ve already appeared on Jools Holland with the song they finished with here and we think has the whiff of the Nolans about it (below). What do you think?

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Lake Street Dive. Tour and ticket details here.
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