John Bramwell: Hebden Bridge Trades Club – live review
Hebden Bridge Trades Club
24 March 2017
I Am Kloot’s John Bramwell on top form as he plays songs from forthcoming solo album. Paul Clarke reports for Louder Than War.
I think it’s fair to say going to see John Bramwell can be a risky business but tonight he is so on it reeling off classic after classic.
It is one of the enduring mysteries that smug dullards like Elbow can pack arenas especially when Bramwell is so much a better songwriter than Garvey – both lyrically and with a priceless ability to knock off a a catchy melody.
So it was a bit risky to start with two unnamed new songs form his forthcoming solo album – Leave Alone The Empty Spaces? – due out in the autumn, but it paid off as both were just as good as his mighty back I am Kloot catalogue despite being a little rough round the edge. Smart lyrics – tick. Smart melody – tick. Solo album might be a classic – tick.
As as well as being a great songwriter Bramwell is also really funny and the ‘bantz’ with his hardcore fans is part of the show – especially when he regales a sell-out crowd with tales of being the worst food and drink manager in Tesco’s history. Retail’s loss is our gain as he produces an amazing version of Bigger Wheels with acoustic guitar licks Davey Graham would have been proud of. I Believe is a stone cold classic as Bramwell does it real justice.