Within seconds it becomes clear that Lissie and band have shaken the country out of their sound, playing their guitars as if they’ve been possessed. This is quickly followed by a bold move to add a courageous guitar solo to opening track Bully. It’s the type of tactic which could leave the the rest of the set fall flat, but they instead follow through with their promise, sound and momentum building through the course of the night.
Showcasing her new album, songs like Sleepwalking come over more poppy, whilst Love In The City feels comparatively stripped back. Still, what’s constant is Lissie’s vocal prowess, her voice carrying more weight than I’ve previously seen. Though I Don’t Wanna Go To Work is given a frenzied ending it’s still the vocals which power the song.
Though we’re treated to older songs (Record Collector, When I’m Alone and Everywhere I Go all given an airing), tonight serves to confirm that latest album Back To Forever, is every bit as powerful as Catching the Tiger, albeit with a different musical vibe. Songs like Further Away (Romance Police) and The Habit come to life in the live arena, truly highlighting their craftsmanship.
For me, it’s the switches between the softer moments of They All Want You and the rockier songs like Shameless which bring it all together and judging by the sway of the sold out crowd, I’m not alone. As the night ends with Oh Mississippi and a cover of Kid Culdi’s Pursuit of Happiness my only hope is that we’re not left waiting another 3 years for Lissie’s next release.