With only a few dates left on this 2016 tour, Tom Misch’s next stop was the chilly waters of Bristol’s harbour. If you missed Tom Misch at Thekla at the end of November, then you really missed out!
In a way it wouldn’t have mattered where the gig was, the crowd was so engrossed, turning to each other and grinning. You could feel the admiration radiating from the audience… and with just cause….Tom Misch, and all those on stage with him, blew us away.
From the bassist to the violinist (who doubled as a guitarist!), this was music which took us from dreamy indie pop to smooth neo-soul to seriously head bobbing Dilla inspired beats.
Tom introduces his sister, Laura Misch, to the stage to collaborate on the track Follow. The saxophone solo played by Laura drives the groovy soul-jazz track. It is one thing to bring your sister on tour but another to then produce such a seemingly effortless track. The talent on stage was of an astonishing standard.
In-between tracks, the screams of the audience fangirling / fanboying over him were immediately enhanced by the first few notes of Watch Me Dance. The warm foot tapping tune got everyone moving!
It is not very often you can go to a gig and hear an artist’s musical influences and multi-genre interests in one set blending so seamlessly together. The South London boy is so organic and genuine in his musical passion, it would have been hard not to enjoy the gig.
Joining the uber talent on stage was the amazing vocal talent of Carmody, who’s been joining Tom on the US and European tour. Acting as support, and guest featuring on a few a tracks, it added a soulful shine.
Thekla was colourful, low lit as ever but unusually packed out yet the gig still felt so intimate. It was as though we’d all joined a Tom Misch Appreciation Society (good idea right?!) and were having our first club meeting. Everyone was so happy to be there.
As everyone streamed out of the venue, all jostling and busy, they barely noticed the freezing weather. That’s how good it was. I know 2017 will be an even bigger year for Tom Misch. He’s expected to play Secret Garden Party next July and his festival appearances are sure grow throughout the year.
Tom will be back in Bristol! If you’re having withdrawal symptoms, you can catch him for a DJ set at The Small Horse Inn on the 9th December. I’m not sure what to expect from this set but if it has half the level of charisma and variety, then clear your calendar.
Images and words by Yelena Gregg-Weekes