Date: 29th March 2019
Review and Photos By Claudia Black
Tonight I took a leisurely trip down to the Uxbridge Road in Shepherds Bush to see the three muses called The Lounge Kittens perform in front of a packed Bush Hall. Bush Hall is located on the north side of Uxbridge Road a five minute walk away from Shepherds Bush District Line Station. When you come across Bush Hall though you are presented with what I’d describe as a nondescript building that you’d miss if there were not a queue of people waiting on the pavement along with ”BUSH HALL” written above the door in big golden letters. Once the doors open and you’ve traversed the foyer one is presented with fair-sized and opulent hall replete with chandeliers. I really like the venue! It’s perfect for intimate events, whether musical or comedic, and the bar sells non-alcoholic beer for the drivers and teetotallers.
First on tonight was a chap from Southampton called Grant Sharkey. Suited and topped with a pork pie hat, he played double bass and sung/rapped about climate change and ”shutting the fuck up” about issues he has no right to talk about due to not having the experience, e.g. women’s and black issues. There were political tropes about Brexit and Donald Trump which went down well with certain sections of the audience who liked the swear-y, irreverent humour accompanied by stab like bass that felt like an emphatically pointed finger.
I stood to the right of the stage when not scuttling through the crowd taking photos, and for the most part I stood there stony-faced. I found Grant Starkey to be hit and miss, in one instant interesting whilst in the next I’d be blowing with bored impatience. My mind would wander from ”That’s interesting” to ”I’m bored now” in the space of a second. I think that summed up the whole set for me. But that’s just me, if you, dear reader, have experience of Grant Sharkey live then you are at liberty to disagree…
Moving onto the main act of the evening! The Lounge Kittens are excellent live! They are tight in their execution and they are confident in delivery. Just like Grant Starkey the Lounge Kittens hail from Southampton and comprise of vocalists Zan Lawther, Timia Gwendoline and Jenny Deacon, who also plays electric piano.
Influenced by LA-based performer Richard Cheese and the close harmonies of the Andrews Sisters they perform covers of songs by artists such as Limp Bizkit, The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. In fact, their output covers many styles of music from metal at one end the jazzy funk and folk at the other! Tonight’s set, which I’d describe as a cappella cum cantata swing, was suffused with easy humour and banter with the audience that fused with the sung output to create just over one hour of satisfying entertainment.
I do not know much about the Lounge Kittens other than watching a few videos on their YouTube channel, and it was the charisma oozing from my computer screen which drew me here tonight. You may be a Limp Bizkit fan and hate Toto, you might loathe Elton John but love Queen, at the end of the day you have to love the way the Lounge Kittens reconfigure the songs and make them their own by adding their unique lounge-y glamour and cabaret to the package!
And it was apolitical! The only thing that I remember them impressing upon the audience was to talk to someone if you are feeling depressed and not to bottle things up. This was in reference to the suicide of Swedish DJ Avicii last year.
To sum up, tonight was a good evening, the support was hit and miss for me but the main act was superb!