Her’s / The Louisiana, Bristol / 26th of April

Her’s / The Louisiana, Bristol / 26th of April

‘Baby I’m not like those guys, I just want to talk all night’. Her’s – the duo bringing old school romance back into a modern day context with their sensitively groovy songs.  On 26th April, at The Louisiana, Bristol was treated to an evening of dreamy jangle pop… and a life size cardboard cut-out of James Bond (your guess is as good as mine).

Dungarees and clear framed glasses aplenty, Hobby Club offer support with their soothing set of easy-listening slow jams. They are a cute, weird duo – at times I wonder if they’re the support band or a comedy prequel. These dorky, funny personalities come across great on stage during and between songs, and win the audience over. I would have liked them to take their actual music more seriously, instead of nonchalantly announcing their own bum notes or minor tech issues– as I think this would allow others to recognise the potential for some serious talent. Beth Truscott’s silky voice glides over Joe Rose’s carefree guitar playing to make their blend seem effortless. Like a hipster version of Stevie Nicks, Truscott’s swaying arms paired with clever lyrical storytelling, come across strange, but well.

Her’s are greeted on stage to rapturous applause. One wearing dungarees over a millennium pink jumper and the other donning an all-black number giving off distinctive bat vibes (but making it pretty cool), they do sort of look like they’ve accidentally found themselves sharing the same stage in a set mix up. But as far as dynamic duos go, the ying and yang vibe really goes. And in fairness, lead vocal Stephen Fitzpatrick and lead bassist Audun Laading are just very cool.

Audun Laading / Her’s by Ella Faye

With their infectious charisma, it’s near impossible to watch them playing for longer than five seconds without smiling, especially with Laading having a right old bop to every song. It’s refreshing – often you see younger bands performing this kind of music while focusing on keeping more of an ‘edge’ about their stage presence. With ‘Her’s’, it’s more about them really enjoying their music, which persuades the audience to have a good time anyway.

Fitzpatrick has an incredible range, most evidently displayed in Dorothy, a great song both live and in studio version. Franki Valli and the Beatles come to mind in terms of comparisons, and the juxtaposition of mysterious, deep basslines with dreamy vocals is a great mixture – making both sounds more accessible to a younger generation. Songs like You Don’t Know This Guy and Love on the Line reveal a softer side to the band, while What Once Was demonstrates their musical talent both individually and in combination – by far a stand out. While proving they can do both fast and slow tempo songs, I think the former is definitely more suited to the sound of Her’s.

You can really feel the affection for each other on stage, as I overheard someone say. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Her’s, and I was not in the minority, I recommend seeing them if you get the chance.

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