The Cordiality of Chasing Grace
As the mildly warm and slightly smoke stained air of Camden hit me and a friend as we headed out towards the tube station, I thanked her for thinking of me to accompany her that night. After answering that she thought it would be of interest to me as ‘her only quirky friend’, I for once allowed the quirky comment to slide.
Having been sinking in what feels like musical quicksand lately, slowing shuffling the same 5 songs on my iPod (a mixture of Ben L’Oncle Soul, Ellie Goulding, and A1; who were at their prime in their hay day, I don’t care what you think), it was nice to finally feel refreshed and invigorated after a gig… as opposed to that lingering irritation you’re left with from being slowly dry humped amongst a crammed audience whilst watching a band you’ve already forgotten the name of.
Having spent the duration of the support acts side lining the fire in Camden Market, we eventually made it inside to watch the full set of the final support. This came from the supple Scottish tones of Nina Nesbitt. Being only 19 and hailing from Edinburgh, Nina was so adorable she’s the kind of person you want to put in a jar and sprinkle on people just to make them sweeter. It’s a shame this couldn’t have literally been done to the brazen and impertinent rabble at the back who saw it fit to drunkenly shout over the majority of her set – with sarcastic quips coming from the 19 year old between songs such as “Thank you ALL for being so quiet” and “such a nice change to play to such a quiet crowd”, you couldn’t help but like her more.
Thankfully Nina’s strong and commandeering vocals put the rabble back in their box, and we applauded her for her composure. If you’re in to folkie/indie vibes, then definitely look Nina up. Her catchy tune ‘Stay Out’, released last year, was the first to make it into the top 40. Her current album ‘Peroxide’ is sounding delightful – look out for tracks ‘Apple Tree’ and ‘Mr C’.
Once Nina was finished bewitching the audience, it was the headline acts time to turn on the charm. As wholeheartedly as I enjoyed Nina’s performance, I must admit that once Chasing Grace started playing I completely forgot about the previous act. Chasing Grace had the ability to render the audience into a trance with their performance; creating a festival atmosphere in a room that was located above a hazy bar, with sound proofing peeling off the ceiling and posters created on Microsoft Word. With their songs being a winning recipe of folk favourites and urban influences, this resulted in personally loving every single sound. Favourites being ‘Free’, ‘Trust’ and their upcoming release ‘Run’, I am willing for the end of the year to come round when they release their new album, which has been recorded with producer Naughty Boy. They also performed two achingly satisfying covers of ‘Hey There Delilah’ and ‘White Noise’, which can only be described as ear sex. Considering I used to turn the radio off whenever Plain White Tee’s came on, it was surprising when I ended up preferring that cover of the two.
As well as performing a set that I didn’t want to end, the band themselves are inordinately likable. Sure, as with most gigs there were slight snags and technical hic ups throughout. However you didn’t care thanks to the light hearted and appreciative nature of Chasing Grace. It was clear they were truly thankful towards everyone who had turned up to see them, and this was reciprocated by the audience.
The performance that was put on at Barfly was one that has sparked off that love of once again holding a pint in a plastic cup, on a floor so sticky you’re worried if you move the soles of your shoes will not be coming with you. If you need you musical match to be sparked up again I can’t suggest Chasing Grace (and the young Nina Nesbitt) more, look out for their new single ‘Run’ now available on Sound Cloud and to pre-order on iTunes (I haven’t been asked to market for the band by the way, I genuinely liked them this much).