Liam Finn at The Kings Arms

Liam FInn and The Same Day Davids
Supported by The Drab Doo-Riffs
Kings Arms Tavern
Tuesday August 3

It was almost a full house at the Kings Arms, but there was still an empty “circle of death” at the front of the stage as the confused audience watched the indomitable Drab Doo-Riffs bounce and shake their way across the stage as though starring in their own sexy rock n roll exercise video. But when Liam Finn and ‘The Same Day Davids’ took the stage the audience members decided to party. Playing a long set that was a good mix of old and new material, much of Finn’s face may be hidden behind an enormous beard but his voice is sweet as a kitten and clear as a bell. Indulging in some jammy and rocky moments as befits a live set, Finn showcased his musical diversity by jumping from guitar to drums (often within the same song), and the beautiful vocal harmonies provided by ‘The Same Day Davids’ were a real highlight. First album hit Second Chance was the clear winner on the night, with the audience singing along in what was the most poignant moment of the set. Finn finished off with the psychedelic Lead Balloon before attacking the stage like a demented Fraggle with an encore that had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand. The audience themselves struck a great balance between being fervid and polite, the bar staff were excellent – but oh, Kings Arms, please sort out your toilets.

Kathryn van Beek