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Live Review: The Leisure Society
The Glee Club 26/02/12 The Leisure Society arrived at The Glee Club after their October tour was postponed due to a Laura Marling support slot
The Glee Club
The Leisure Society arrived at The Glee Club after their October tour was postponed due to a Laura Marling support slot. Fortunately, the crowd's reaction confirmed that the show was worth the wait. With the six-piece band crammed onto the tiny stage of The Glee Club, the intimate performance featured tracks from both of their LPs, with the focus on their 'new' album, which the band joked isn't particularly new, since it was released last May.
The band's folk-pop style instilled the performance with great energy, ensuring a roaring approval from the audience. The highlight came with 'This Phantom Life', which began with a flute solo that sounded stunning live.
The track burst into life with a full combination of guitar, flute, violin and drums resulting in a rich sound with a positive feel; odd for a track that was introduced as 'a song about death'.
The band's small talk had a common theme, with The Glee Club main room being compared to a dart's tournament hall and the band offering the audience the opportunity to suggest darts inspired nicknames for each member.
The crowd interaction boosted the joyful atmosphere of the room, with everyone seemingly delighted by the performance. With such an ample back catalogue of songs, it can only be a matter of time before The Leisure Society's critical acclaim is matched by commercial success.