If I’d thought by any means that Courtney Barnett‘s last gig at the Barrowlands was the performance that would be imprinted on my mind when her name sprung to mind. However, after this Indian Summer gig at Glasgow’s warehouse venue, SWG3, whereby her fans were diligently singing her lyrcis back at her, it’s clear that the Aussie songwiter is only going from strength to strength.
With a presence reminiscent to that of Chrissie Hynde, with all the intent of Patti Smith or even Shirley Manson’s androgyny, Barnett rocks her part in the feminist music cycle, with all the credibility of Kim Gordon or Viv Albertine. Watching her set does not simply regurgitate the works of women of the past, that has driven us to the point where we now actually see some festivals make the decision to consciously programme with gender in mind. As she ploughs through her fourteen-track set, the vocals of the crowd reinforce that Barnett too has created her own nook in the ever-changing music world.
With a set that kick-started with Hopefullessness, from Tell Me How You Really Feel, and ended with Pedestrian at Best, from her sophomore, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, she reminds us of her back-catalogue of greats. Energised and unique, Courtney Barnett is a welcomed reinforcement that this style of music has not left us. Her observational song-writing along with her four-chord hooks leave us craving more. Original, witty songs with a conversational tone, are clearly sought after, if you look across SWG3 TV Studio this evening.
And her band are no disappointment, with Dave Mudie on drums and Bones Sloane on bass, the hairy rock trio mercilessly making their mark. And she plays all the classics, leaving her fans far from disappointed, with many singing the lyrics of Avant Gardener back at her. It would take more than just the rain of August in Glasgow to dampen the spirits of all that attended SWG3 tonight.