Rose Macdowall. Star and Shadow. 20.10.18

Best known for her work with Strawberry Switchblade, Rose Macdowall has played a huge part in many alternative bands during her 40 years of active service, spanning sounds as varied as punk to neofolk.

Such an interesting, and mixed, back catalogue forms the backdrop for tonight’s set list which spans everything from art covers (The Velvet’s ‘Sunday morning’), to gorgeous alternative pop (‘Ruby Tears’) to dark goth (‘Let there be thorns’).   It’s a mix which works well in the most part, but can feel slightly schizophrenic at times, particularly the moments of quick transitions from light pop to darkness; though perhaps I’m missing the point in the curation.

Across sixteen tracks Macdowall, and her 4 piece band, prove versatile in their musical delivery and style, with an almost perfect delivery of ‘Since yesterday’ stealing the limelight and applause.

Particular plaudits must also be given to second support act ‘Soft Riot’ who’s powerful one-person blend of 80s electronica could, itself, be a headlining act, and certainly one to keep an eye on.

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