The Arc, Stockton-on-Tees
11 August, 2012
Think you know Charlotte Church? Think again.
Last weekend she came to The Arc and demonstrated the course of her bold new direction; Indie rock, backed by a five-piece band and tinged with shades of electronica. It was part of an ongoing tour to promote new material prior to an impending CD release.
There were two support acts. Jonathan Powell (who later reappeared as part of Charlotte's band) played a solo set of dark, deep material and he was followed by the energetic, quirky Houdini Dax.
Charlotte Church and her band came out at approximately 9.45 p.m. and played a set lasting almost exactly one hour.
Say It's True
Breach of the Peace
Come to Me
Call It Off
How Not Be Surprised When You're A Ghost
Judge From Afar
Mr The News
|Singing with passion|
The magnificent voice was kept in top condition by frequent refuelling from a jar of honey between songs.
The change of direction was a real eye-opener. Some of the songs had an experimental element, utilising a loop pedal. It enables a voice to be recorded, looped and overdubbed. I've seen a loop pedal in action just once before. It's an interesting device, allowing the user to harmonise with their own vocals.
|Harmonising with herself|
|Pointing the way for a new direction|
I'm looking forward to the new CD. For sceptics, The Rise can be downloaded for free at Charlotte's website.
Here's another example of what to expect.