I’ve been looking forward to Funke and the Two Tone Baby’s new album – Denizen – ever since he’s talked about creating it. There’s a few familar songs there from the last year or so of gigs which have evolved over time, and some new ones – and unusually we had the opportunity to hear them all live before getting home to eagerly listen to the recorded version. Playing the last date of his tour at Bodega in Nottingham last Sunday we all crammed in to see what the fuss was about.
First up though was support act She, Robot – also known as Suzy Condrad – she took to the stage in a sparkly top behind a console of gubbins much like Funke does, and frankly she had me won over from the off. To start a gig just up the road from where Xylophone Man used to busk (although he actually played a glockenspeil) with the said same instrument, looping it into the mic to open the set with Whose Army, was a sure fire way to win me over.
She effortlessly builds layers of sound and vocals to build an ethereal soundscape – really clever stuff, and really engaging. Seven Bells was up next, then a Ukulele makes an appearance for Walk of Shame. A sublime cover of Joy Division’s She’s Lost Control was up next, one of my favourite songs which always means a cover needs to tread carefully – no fear on that score, it was a compelling interpretation. Breakdown was next, then Fragments and finally forthcoming release Brains.