[MUSIC ~ Dream Pop]
Jive, Sat 19 Jan.
Oh sportsball, why do you so often get in the way of me getting to gigs? Tonight’s fiasco involved a snail’s pace crawl on sort of the right route before a frolic over hill and dale resulting in me missing Gauci completely.
Hatchie has had a busy couple of years since going solo and leaving behind her Indie bands The Go Violets and Babaganouj behind. Her brand of glorious ‘dream pop’ (some of you older folks might prefer ‘shoegaze’) has its roots in a very particular strand of British swirly psychedelic indie from the UK in the mid 1990s. Mostly those bands like The Cocteau Twins and The Sundays were not bothering the upper reaches of the charts in this country, but they formed part of a slavishly devoted audience the world over.
No surprise then that Hatchie’s real deal dream pop has found open arms and warming hearts all over the globe. The UK, USA, Europe and Japan all-embracing her music with great enthusiasm. It’s meant she has only made it here a couple of times as support on other people’s shows because she’s just super busy touring all the time.
Along with her three-piece band hit the stage with the glorious Try from her debut EP last year full of jangly guitars and ethereal vocals, that explode like sunlight through the clouds when they hit the chorus. The hook laden Sugar & Spice is a huge favourite with the crowd who sing along and dance around with classic indie moves!
The debut Hatchie album came out in June so people have had a chance to get to know the songs and there are folk-singing long with Keep, Her Own Heart and Kiss The Stars. The simple yet effective use of star lights around the stage and understated coloured lights all added to the atmosphere. The songs are strong and I particularly love Without A Blush and the excellent Stay With Me. Things wrap up with the marvellous Sure from the debut EP. She thanks us for coming and the feeling is very mutual. People hit the merch table buying t-shirts, hotel room key fobs, vinyl in varying colours and cassettes. Yep, cassettes. How Indie is that?
Try (Sugar & Spice 2018)
Sugar & Spice (Sugar & Spice 2018)
Keep (Keepsake 2019)
Her Own Heart (Keepsake 2019)
Kiss The Stars (Keepsake 2019)
Sleep (Sugar & Spice 2018)
Unwanted Guest (Keepsake 2019)
Secret (Keepsake 2019)
Obsessed (Keepsake 2019)
Without a Blush (Keepsake 2019)
Stay With Me (Keepsake 2019)
Sure (Sugar & Spice 2018)