Christopher Owens - Broadcast, Glasgow, Tue 26 Feb
- Jo Bell
- 28 February 2013
An anti-climactic set from San Francisco's Girls member gone solo
With the recent release of his debut solo album Lysandre there’s hype around San Francisco’s Christopher Owens. In Glasgow it shows in the massive tour bus outside Broadcast, an incongruous addition to the teeny basement venue.
A full crowd waits for over an hour for Owens to appear. When he does it's far from a one-man deal: several musicians and two tiny, percussion shaking female vocalists form the touring ensemble.
A set of two halves, the first is the full narrative album showpiece, which overcomes abominable sound issues at the beginning. Owens’ hippy image and rasping, often muffled vocal are the only indicators that he’s the leader of the pack as overall, the evening reveals a dearth in showmanship. Glimmers of musical excellence are ultimately what string it together: psychedelic guitar riffs, the upbeat melody of 'New York City', summery chords of the title track and a gorgeous saxophone solo during 'Riviera Rock' amongst them.
An encore of covers make for a house band feel, five numbers including Simon and Garfunkel and Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright’. Still without a word to the crowd, Owens tosses out a bouquet, an offbeat move which can’t quite save the gig from it’s anti-climatic close.