Review: RJ Thompson
at the Sage Gateshead
Richard J Thompson has had some success so far, from getting a support slot with Midge Ure to supporting the likes of Jools Holland (shortly to do so again), Gabrielle Aplin, Duke Special, Sandi Thom, The Proclaimers and Deacon Blue, Mr Thompson seems set to grab the attention of the music industry elite shortly.
Tonight was a triple treat as we had a starter of Candi's Dog, a threesome rather like a folk pop, more mature version of Bros with much better songs. I mean, these are really good songs, they have that vaguely familiar feel that makes them part of your mental soundtrack very easily. Harmonies with a touch of the Crowded House/Del Amitri but a bit more here and now. We purchased the EP CD as this is definitely something you want in your car, well I do.
The result is always a great sound and the new EP coming out soon House Upon The Hill (single video out 21/10/2014) is full of great music if tonight is anything to go by. The audience were brought to their feet at the beginning and end of the gig to boogie along to songs like the very foot-tappingly good The Numbers.
This is a truly amazing band with a a fabulous frontman and a group of highly skilled and talented musicians who clearly love performing with Richard. This love of the music is infectious and the audience had a great night at the Sage.