LIVE: Big Deal @ The Lexington, London
Big Deal play tonight at The Lexington (have I mentioned the lights before?) to a sold out crowd that is, by a startlingly noticeable majority, packed to the rafters with women. It’s hardly a big surprise when you consider that Big Deal vocalist Alice Costelloe (who shares vocals with Californian Kasey Underwood) is both an immediate attraction (with her blonde hair glowing as one of the few visible reference points onstage) and an engaging and positive personality.
The ‘shoegazing’ references to Big Deal are long standing and the in-between song banter with the crowd makes for an enjoyable counter-point. While the smiles are there, the hair is hanging across the face, while the engagement with the audience is light-hearted and amusing, the onstage personnel sway more than they bounce.
The music is all distortion and jangle, and the vocals are split pretty equally. Strangely, for me, the harmonies sung are actually nothing of the sort – it’s just that Kasey and Alice sing the same tune an octave apart. Don’t get me wrong, it works extremely well and the light and shade of their voices combine to be an extremely pleasant and emotional driver to their unique sound.
We learn that someone in the crowd called Martin has a birthday, and then in a weird synchronicity, Kasey films everyone singing ‘Happy Birthday’, but not to poor Martin. Instead, it’s aimed at Kasey’s Dad Dave in the USA.
We have a mixture of older and new material and are promised the new album next year. We even have the chance to influence the songs that are released by cheering or booing them with gusto. The only person that we are told is booing appears to be the man who the band is trying to influence so we wait to see whether we’ve had any success.
As the band disappear the usual crowd reaction of expecting an encore is both responsible for the pretty lacklustre cheering for the band to come back onstage, and probably responsible for the lights coming on and the band not actually reappearing after about two minutes. It’s a disappointing end to find that such an impactful, crazily-enjoyable and nostalgia-filled evening ends in such a way but as I leave, to sleet and snow, I’m feeling warmed and reassured that music is in safe hands.
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