Last night was another of those running across London days fitting in a number of things… my problem is I don’t want to miss out and I’m glad I didn’t miss Rumer’s album showcase that’s for sure.
Arriving at Hammersmith Working Men’s Club I wasn’t sure what it would be like, it did conjure up some visuals I have to say. However, when we got inside it was a beautiful room, really nice lighting, canapes and free drinks being brought around by waiters and lots of industry people… they have that look about them, you know? What was nice about the event was there were some fans there who had won tickets, which made it more of a gig rather than a showcase.
The band were fantastic and it was nice to see one of the three backing vocalists was someone I knew. The album showcase was for the new album Boys Don’t Cry. It is a collection of lesser-known songs from the 1970s and from Rumer herself, “This is about passion, and paying respect to other people’s work. I went on a journey and this music tells that story.”
Rumer has a very soulful and elegant voice, she doesn’t put on a massive production, she lets the music and her voice do the talking and it was very tasty indeed. Performing with her she had a string quartet, horns, keys, bass, guitars, percussion, drums and three backing singers. All of those combined gave her a massive sound, it was rather good, I particularly enjoyed the blasting sax solo!
It was an intimate showcase and worth going along to. The album, Boys Don’t Cry is out at the end of May 2012.