Courtney Barnett packed out Glasgow’s Barrowlands, promoting new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, whilst also playing oldies from her first EP, A Sea of Split Peas, nailing the guitar, the nonchalant rock lass, reminding us all of how far she has come since 2013. Supported by Melbourne three-piece, Loose Tooth, Barnett sings for the observers, projecting an underwhelming tone with her lyrics, whilst simultaneously overwhelming us with her talent. It’s hardly surprising the venue was packed to the rafters by fans for her fabulous music.
Loose tooth, with their frayed guitar pop that sported fringes of grunge, set the headliner up with tracks such as Keep Up and Will You. With comparisons drawn to The Velvet Underground, they were surprisingly great to watch and I will definitely be keeping watch on these three, and where they go next whilst also under Milk Records (the artist run label that was started by Courtney in 2012).
Courtney’s entrance was unassuming but the lady oozed of cool, as she strutted onto that iconic Glasgow stage in her white t-shirt and black trousers, with style references to the likes of Patti Smith and Chrissie Hynde. She picked up her guitar and that was it for the next two hours or so, as she belted her lyrical stunners on a Saturday evening in Glasgow. Despite heckling that I can only presume she would not take kindly to, Barnett ploughed on through, performing tracks from the new album, including Charity, Walkin’ on Eggshells as well as Sunday Roast (although listening to tracks about such was perhaps not welcomed in a packed sweaty disco hall in the heat of a Scottish summer). She also appeased the die-hards, stunning the crowd with classics, her witty observations, her masterful guitar work, as her band and sound engineer performed alongside to suitably propel the sound of this evidential talent.
A literary songstress for the thinkers, she has come a long way from that time I saw her performing Avant Gardner and the like from her EP in London’s Notting Hill Arts Club, and despite the inclining journey already taken, it’s not over yet for Barnett. With intriguing collaborations with Kurt Vile, and a world of madness to comment on, Courtney is only going to impress further, as I was blown away by this stunner of a performance.