The Waiting Room, London
31 May 2017
Her’s have released their debut album called Songs of Her’s – Keith Goldhanger caught their London show.
Norwegian Audun Laading and Stephen Fitzpatrick from Barrow in Furness AKA Her’s are making some of the most simple, sexy, catchy and jangly pop music we’ve heard this year. You hardly notice the drum machine drifting in and out of these tunes at times which some of us would argue is what drum machines were intended to do.
Tonight we find ourselves listening to these soft poppy tunes in a small room that sways in unison whilst any silence in the room is only interrupted by any laughter these two guys are responsible for generating in between the songs.
We sense that we could equally as happy munching our dinner in a large posh restaurant holding together polite conversation whilst tapping our toes in between courses whilst this is all going on but remaining upright in a hot sweaty room in East London on a hot summers evening is what those of us who can appreciate such talent prefer to experience more.
Audun’s bass skills could give Peter Hook a run for his money and it’s a joy not only to listen to but to watch his (painted) fingers fly up and down the neck of his highly positioned Rickenbacker. Stephen’s jangling guitar (also hung at chest height ) could be compared to a young Johnny Marr. His voice croons, swoons and reaches the high notes without cracking. Anyone that can actually attempt and succeed in reaching the high note from Minnie Ripperton’s Loving You will always get the thumbs up and any band who manage to grab our attention in a way that Her’s have in 2017 by playing music that lovers of 1980’s indie heroes Orange Juice may enjoy are also well worth our time and attention.
A debut album from the duo simply called Songs Of Her’s contains some of the most modest, refreshing and non- intrusive pop tunes that a few years down the line may be held up high as the beginning of something rather special. We get the jokes from the duo about presenting us with the hits just before we hear Dorothy, a tune that reminds us of the day we first heard The Cure (you need to get close enough to see how this guy can play bass guitar on this one).
Speed Racer, a tune that The Housemartins would have been proud of a few decades ago, Marcel a sweet lullaby that makes us want to dance with strangers and Cool With You, a tune that you need to fall asleep to at least once in your life. We get songs that fade out by at least one of the duo operating the nearest volume button and we begin to agree that some of these tunes we’ve been listening to half way through the year really are hits in some of our lives.
Her’s already own a selection of tunes that don’t sound as though they even belongs in today’s climate which is yet another badge for this duo to wear with pride.
Isn’t all great pop music meant to sound this simple ?