LIVE REVIEW: Marika Hackman, Heaven London, 1/6/17

Marika Hackman would probably be proud of the gathering at Heaven tonight. Having this gig here seemed to fit the crowd itself – this was one of the most individual and diverse crowds we’ve seen at an indie gig in a long time. Though our people watching was interrupted when first support Francobollo hit the stage with a bang.

Successfully hyping up the dribble of people who had made it in at that point they set things up nicely for second support Our Girl. They casually strolled on and to be fair, could’ve just stood there and this crowd would have bounced right off of them. They still pulled out all the stops and their last song especially was a round of brilliant noise that would have even satisfied the most deadpan London crowd.

And then Marika Hackman emerges with band, all adorned in angel wings (aside from the drummer, ’cause there’s always one), and started playing through her back catalogue. However, what we were expecting was something a lot more subdued than what came out of her – songs such as I’ll Borrow Time (from her That Iron Taste EP) as well as Open Wide and Animal Fear from her 2015 debut We Sleep At Last were a lot more indie rock than folk, and she pulled it off with ease.

Despite a few technical issues and bassist Jenny dislocating her knee (and popping it back in mid-song), Hackman was evidently having the time of her life. She riffed so much off the audience that she broke into gleeful laughter every now and then, a happiness that emanated through her music

Top songs off the new album I’m Not Your Man, out today, include Gina’s World, a shoegazey swirl of chorus-led guitars and three-part harmonies you can (and we did) melt into, and Violet, another indie masterpiece performed with violet lights (because duh). It’s a tremendous showing for an artist showing off delightful new facets of herself… but yeah, kudos to Jenny for playing four songs with a dislocated knee. That’s rock and roll as fuck.

Chris Malla

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Marika Hackman, Heaven London, 1/6/17
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