Live. Rob Lynch, Allison Weiss and Dave House.

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Live. Rob Lynch, Allison Weiss and Dave House

January 24th 2015. The Borderline, London.

One heart, one voice, one guitar. The life of a singer/songwriter has been thrown into a state of flux recently. Taylor Swift shook off that label in favour of eighties pop, Frank Turner swapped his acoustic guitar for a sleeker, electric model and Ed Sheeran sold out three dates at Wembley Stadium with no other promise than his voice and six strings.

It almost didn’t happen but the co-headline tour between and Rob Lynch and Alison Weiss hit London’s The Borderline on Saturday night as a potent reminder that the allure for most artists has never changed. A stage, some friends and their music does the rest.

Dave House kicked things off with his first solo show in over three years. Joined by Pacer bandmate John, his set drew from across his back catalogue and each cob-web free track was delivered with smiles and gusto. With each brief pause to tune his guitar, you could see Dave question why he’d waited this long to return to the boards. An energized rendition of ‘Kingston’s Current’ saw the audience take the lead as Dave stamped along to the poignant refrain, “All of London, will never be the same.”

Allison Weiss, despite being from Los Angeles, is not stranger to London and as she bounded onto the stage in a flurry of excitement and grins, she was given a heroes welcome. Her rousing anthems of indie pop heartbreak are clever and charming and in stripping back the thundering electro heartbeat behind Robyn’s ‘Call Your Girlfriend’, she exploited the pain and longing within.

‘All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul’ promises Rob Lynch as the title to his debut album. While this seems like short-sighted recklessness, over the course of his bedroom confessional, it becomes painfully clear that these nights in bars are cathartic means of escape.

Opening with ‘31/32’, Rob lays out the agenda for the evening early, “Tonight we forget our problems and in the morning we can work them out.” It’s an ambitious script but he sticks to it religiously. With songs of misunderstanding, violence and loss turned into joyous celebrations and tales of caution, Rob allows space for the audience to reflect and project their own stories onto his. It’s a group therapy session that sees strangers arm in arm and a sense of wondrous peace flourish.

The acoustic guitar may be going this way and that, but its ability to provide a vessel for understanding, especially in the hands of this talent has never been more prominent.

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~ by justdip on 26/02/2015.

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