- 1 February 2014
excellent set, superbly rendered"
Feathers is the work of
Austin TX-based, American singer/songwriter Anastasia Dimou. Her debut
album, If All Now Here,
was released in May 2013 and the new, four-track EP Only One is
currently doing the rounds online as a digital download. I found
Feathers on YouTube. They looked and sounded interesting and support slots
to Little Boots (a personal favourite) suggested they were worth
catching live. Well, I am sure this must
have come as a bit of a reality check for the band, having played at
the Bercy stadium in Paris the night before supporting Depeche Mode
(where Anastasia was so taken by the experience that she grabbed a few
selfies, standing with her back to the packed stadium!).
Tonight the band may have had an audience around one hundred times smaller than yesterday, but this small venue
had a great atmosphere and the sound quality of the setup was
excellent, so all was in place for a great gig, and I am glad to say
Feathers did not disappoint.
They played an excellent set consisting of
most of the tracks from their debut album and I had to say it was
superbly rendered. Front woman Anastasia joined in playing synths
on a couple of tracks, and I was impressed when she managed to plug in
one of the light boxes upon which she stood, without having to get a
roadie on to fix it (okay, not a big deal, but nice to see). The set
with Land of the Innocent, their
first single, and I was struck as to how similar the
tune sounded to Depeche Mode's Ice Machine (clearly
not a bad thing!).
After the show Anastasia hit the merchandise stand and I had a good
talk with her, and she was very friendly and engaging.
I purchased the album, which has rapidly become one of my
favourite recent acquisitions. I
hope that they come back to the UK soon and I look further releases
from the band. 7/10
Setlist: Fire In The
Night, Soft, Believe, Welcome Possession, Dark
Matter, Familiar So Strange, Wild Love, Land Of The Innocent
Review+Photos: Mark Smith