Kurt Vile : live review

Kurt Vile
@ The Hope, Brighton
Sunday 22 May 2011

photos from gig

Straight outta Philadelphia, Kurt Vile and his three-strong band, The Violators, rode into Brighton on Sunday 22 May 2011. Actually, chatting to his guitarist, it turned out to be quite a long ride, all the way from Glasgow to Brighton in one day. No wonder things were running late.

Despite his name, Kurt Vile did not write The Threepenny Opera, what he has done, and continues to do, is specialise in a slightly melancholic, guitar-led psyche-folk drone. A Matador Records recording artiste, Kurt Vile signed to Matador in 2009 and released ‘Childish Prodigy’ which contains the monumental ‘Freak Train’ amongst other gems. Follow up ‘Smoke Ring For My Halo’ – his fourth album – recently landed and again entrances with its woozy-psyche folk…..melody-repetition-melody-repetition….

Although Kurt’s recorded songs vary from rockers to more pensive, restrained strummers, live he stuck to the heavier, atmospheric side of his music, until the encore when Kurt returned with his acoustic guitar. Kurt and his Violators remind me of a more restrained Dinosaur Jr. and a packed crowd all appeared to be as absorbed and entranced as I felt. I have the feeling there’s a lot more to come from Kurt Vile. I’m seeing him again at this year’s End Of The Road festival. I can’t wait.

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