The Weather Station: Cluny, Newcastle – live review

The Weather StationThe Weather Station

Cluny, Newcastle

29th August 2018

The Weather Station finally makes it to Newcastle for a spellbinding evening of beautiful folk-pop!

Finally, The Weather Station return to Newcastle having had to cancel their previous show due to lead singer Tamara Lindeman losing her voice. Fortunately, tonight she is back in exceptional form, but first up is someone of equal talent in Los Angeles’ singer songwriter Shannon Lay. Fresh from supporting Kevin Morby on his recent UK dates, Lay’s delicate yet morose songs are the perfect way to start this evening.

These beautiful tracks are truly enchanting with the crowd hanging off of her every word, couple this with her incredible guitar playing and you cannot be help but be captivated. It’s a set dominated by her latest album Living Water, made all the more special by the fact that the video for track Asa was filmed in the North East of England. This track is also without doubt one of the highlights.

Shannon Lay is an excellent songwriter and story teller and this pours out of her songs tonight, you really cannot ask for a better opening act. With that The Weather Station are quick to take to the stage, whilst they elevate the tempo somewhat it is easy to draw similarities between the two. The Weather Station fostering a similarly passionate environment within their songs.

It’s a subdued opening but the likes of Impossible, provide the tempo shift the blend of Folk and Americana is instantly evident, but the dour subject matter remains the same. Whilst the songs may not make you jump for joy you will find yourself quickly falling into the grip of The Weather Station, Lindeman is in excellent form as she beguiles this audience with her words.

The likes of Keep It All To Myself and Free are definite early highlights in this set, but every track has a distinct hook the piques our attention. There is a rare moment where Lindeman cuts loose and this is in the form of a cover of Dion’s Now, this rare release is the only abating of the heartbreak and misery that so often underpins The Weather Stations songs.

However, it’s tracks like I Mined that really stand out in this set Lindeman’s raw talent on show, her endearing words resonate with so many as she conveys an innate need to worry about everything. She leads into a more up-tempo ending but she is at her best with these incredibly heartfelt songs! It’s difficult to fault either artist tonight as they’re both out of this world.

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The Weather Station can be found online here theweatherstation.net. They’re also on Facebook and tweet as @TheWeatherStn.

All words by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee at his Louder Than War author’s archive, he also tweets as @Napzap.

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