ANNA PANCALDI | BRYDE | LYLA FOY | 24.11.2018 | Hemelvaart Ayton | REVIEW and PHOTOS

ANNA PANCALDI | BRYDE | LYLA FOY | 24.11.2018 | Hemelvaart Ayton | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Anna Pancaldi, Bryde and Lyla Foy – 24th November 2018 – Hemelvaart Ayton

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

Anna Pancaldi with Bryde and Lyla Foy - 24th November 2018 - Hemelvaart Ayton Scotland
Anna Pancaldi with Bryde and Lyla Foy – 24th November 2018 – Hemelvaart Ayton Scotland

There are some artists you can see time and time again and it is always refreshing, take the artists Bryde and Lyla Foy for instance. I only saw them play the night before prior to this gig. This gig was last minute as it was a ‘day off’ but their friend Anna Pancaldi had a solo gig with no supports so traveling an hour plus up the A1 sounded great, for them and for me.

Hemelvaart is just past the border into Scotland and a little hidden gem in the village of Ayton and is known as a bier cafe and the beer is worth the drive (but do stay so you don’t drive after sampling the fine stuff!). Pair this with fine music then you are onto a great night.

Anna Pancaldi with Bryde and Lyla Foy - 24th November 2018 - Hemelvaart Ayton Scotland
Anna Pancaldi with Bryde and Lyla Foy – 24th November 2018 – Hemelvaart Ayton Scotland

Lyla opens the nights proceedings. The set begins with the final track; With The Night from her current album Bigger Brighter and it is such a soothing performance. If the lights had been dimmed more and there was a fire lit, what a cozy night it would have been. The audience are a very quiet bunch and seemed too polite to say anything, which in a way is good as we could hear every beautiful note Lyla gives us.

The first few songs Lyla performs are on keys and then moves to the guitar. After a few tuning problems we hear Impossible, which actually featured in an animated series called Bojack Horseman! A bit of tweaking here and there, we got a slightly different version for those familiar with Lyla’s music but non-the-less and being  the natural talent that she is, it was a wonderful end to her set.

Anna Pancaldi with Bryde and Lyla Foy - 24th November 2018 - Hemelvaart Ayton Scotland
Anna Pancaldi with Bryde and Lyla Foy – 24th November 2018 – Hemelvaart Ayton Scotland

There’s no messing with Bryde as she manages to squeeze in seven songs into her short set with a mix of songs from her debut album, Like An Island, and a few EP tracks. We begin with Handstands and even get the quieter tracks like Wait. The audience remain their quiet selves and again this is a bonus. Over the past year I have seen Bryde a number of times and mainly backed by a band but this tour sees her solo and it is amazing. She looses non of her charm being solo. In fact her performance is that bit more captivating. I would say much more but I also love it when she plays with the band. The chemistry she has with the band is bounced off the audience instead on this night. We also get the wonderful cover of Bombay Bicycle Club’s Flaws as a duet with Lyla. Hearing them together is something to be witnessed and it’s great that I can say that I have had the privilege of seeing it performed twice.

Anna Pancaldi is a new name to me and an added bonus to the night although it was her headline show as I had come on the back of the Bryde and Lyla Foy tour. Being a music fan, especially of live music, I always try to get to see all acts on the bill and my original reasonings for being at the Hemelvaart show was the reverse of most people in attendance. We all got more than we bargained for.

Anna Pancaldi with Bryde and Lyla Foy - 24th November 2018 - Hemelvaart Ayton Scotland
Anna Pancaldi with Bryde and Lyla Foy – 24th November 2018 – Hemelvaart Ayton Scotland

An acoustic guitar accompanies Anna’s soulful tones as she opens with Promise We’ll Never Grow Old. Anna is also quite a character and in between songs we get stories of misheard Anne Marie lyrics to accidental roadkill and to finding the comfortable silence in between songs. Yes, there was that silence again but it definitely was at one with the room. Anna gets to showoff her talents more so and if you had her emotional charged vocals you would too, and we get an acapella version of Can’t Help Loving Dat Man from the musical Showboat and ends her set unplugged. Her set is very stripped back (as it is for Bryde and Lyla). After hearing the songs in this environment and then hitting the streaming sites to hear the full sound, it was definitely a pleasure to hear Runaway and Stay Right Here this way.

Bryde pointed out earlier that we were getting three female artists who are three very different artists. Lyla had her dream-pop, Bryde gave us her fierce and fragile indie and we finish on a more soulful vibe with Anna. In recent times there’s been a lot of talk of diversity in the music industry in that more female musicians should be placed higher on the bill at festivals and even headline them. What tonight proved at Hemelvaart is that there’s enough diversity amongst female artists that this should not even come into question. All three artists on this night are worthy of those much talked festival slots and airplay. They are actually better than some that gain those headline slots!

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ARCANE ROOTS | BRYDE | 22.10.2018 | Newcastle Think Tank | REVIEW and PHOTOS

ARCANE ROOTS | BRYDE | 22.10.2018 | Newcastle Think Tank | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Arcane Roots and Bryde – 22nd October 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

By Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

By the time you read this Arcane Roots are no more. On Monday 22nd October they played the penultimate night of their ‘farewell tour’ at Newcastle’s Think Tank before parting ways and moving onto separate ‘long-term projects.’

I felt a bit of a fraud. This was my first time seeing them. Many had gathered as they have followed them a lot longer than myself some even from day one, including local band Boy Jumps Ship, who were in attendance for this last hurrah. The anticipation was high with the venue being fairly packed before support act Bryde came on. Nobody wanted to miss a single moment of this night.

Bryde, AKA Sarah Howells, quietly stepped onto the stage as audience members were in deep conversations but as soon as she said ‘hello’ the room fell with a magical silence as she opened her set with Wouldn’t That Make You Feel Good. I have seen Bryde a number of times over the past few years. The first time I saw her she played solo. It was just her and an electric guitar. The other times following she was backed by a drummer and bassist/synth player. But on this tour it was like that first time and I am unsure if it was because this was the farewell tour for Arcane Roots or it was just the presence of Bryde and her music that had the crowd under a spell. There was no sound except claps of approval after each song in this strong half-hour set running through songs from her Welsh Music Prize nominated album of the year, Like An Island, and new song On The Subject Of Breathing. If Arcane Roots were not advertised as the headliner you could have been mistaken that this was Bryde’s headline gig.

The room became tighter and lights went out as smoke filled the stage for the trio Arcane Roots. The intensity of the room became, well, more intense as the echo of the guitar and keyboards filled the room to a dully red-lit stage. The haunting vocals of Andrew Groves immediately captured our breath, then the stage lights up between the smoke making the two other bandmates Adam Burton and Jack Wrench visible as well as  long-term friend and guest vocalist Emily Denton, as they open with the more electro-fused version of Before Me (Over) from the specially released Landslide EP with Matter (Revel) following straight after.

Long-term fans (and critics) held their last album Melancholia Hymns to mixed reviews with some believing the absence of heavy riffs took away what Arcane Roots became known for but if you were to witness this tour, this sound could not have been more perfect. The vocals of Groves are spellbinding. The instruments (bass, synths, drums, keys, acoustic guitar) and the dark smokey setting made the night feel ‘otherworldly.’ The room was packed but it was like your soul was in a dream-scape and you were alone. I have visited Think Tank on numerous occasions. On those occasions, you could be annoyed hearing someone near you talk or even the cash register and glasses clink due to the intimacy of the room but this night with these musicians these noises felt absent. Nobody dared spoil this moment.

Bryde is welcomed back to the stage for Indigo as Groves introduces her as, “Pissing all over them,” using the term very loosely to describe her opening support slot as a great introduction to their set. Emily Denton also rejoins for Rouen from their 2012 album Left Fire, which originally is a lot heavier than we witness on this night. This version with Emily on vocals is hypnotic that it makes you wonder if you really want to go really want to go back to the original version. Other notable heavier songs are Solemn and Belief but this tour was bringing them in a stripped back form which was perfect to how the Landslide tour was being delivered. It was also perfect as it allowed for more a connection with their fans, as Groves points out, they normally ‘have the plastics things stuck in their ears.’ So this more intimate setting allowed them to be closer to their fans. We were also treated to Winters Wept which is a song that has been ‘made up of songs littered in the spaces between song(s)’ from the Blood & Chemistry days. This tour would be the first time the song would get its live outing.

The Landslide tour was definitely the perfect way for Arcane Roots closing this chapter of their musical life on a high.

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