With the Scottish folkie bringing a new album to town, Getintothis’ Edward Feery sees King Creosote conquer the Phil crowd
There can’t be many spaces in Liverpool with the gravitas of the Philharmonic Hall – it’s not just a big space, but a serious space.
Support Modern Studies seem a bit nervy as they launch into their brief set. It’s not that surprising – as they admit after their opening number, tonight’s audience is “already more people than we’ve ever played to – collectively!”
The admission seems to unburden them, and as they relax their music unfurls into a gorgeous droney dream-folk with gossamer four-part harmonies.
King Creosote’s backing band file onstage bit-by-bit, clad in outfits that suggest adults dressing up as children dressing up as spacemen. They kick off with a slow-building You Just Want, the opening track of new album Astronaut Meets Appleman.
About five songs in, King Creosote asks: “any girls remember how to dance?”
Someone in the audience shoots back: “what about the boys?”
Anderson visibly ponders for a moment, then replies: “…Yeah, what about the boys?”
He then dives into the audience, grabs his (fortunately willing) heckler, and takes him down the front for a waltz as the band plays on.
The night never looks back; King Creosote hammers through most of the album and a few crowd favourites, including a version of Missionary expertly bluffed by the band.
After two separate standing ovations, they end with Homeboy; Anderson tells the crowd “You’ve been the best night of the tour… Safe home, boys and girls.”
Photos by Getintothis’ Keith Ainsworth