JUSTIN CURRIE THE VOICE OF DEL AMITRI @ SEVEN TUESDAY FEB 5TH
From the people that brought Doha JAMES BLUNT.. Presenting the first of many mid-week live music events… JUSTIN CURRIE (DEL AMITRI) LIVE & UNPLUGGED!
Former Del Amitri frontman turned singer/songwriter Justin Currie has released two solo albums to date. What is Love For in 2007 which he described it as ‘eleven thunderously dreary dirges’! Fortunately, not everyone agreed with him and the album won accolades from critics, fans and fellow artists, as a thing of dark and starkly honest beauty. His second solo album The Great War, was released in 2010 and delivered a bracing set of original compositions that broke yet more creative ground – and further cemented Currie’s place as an ambitious and versatile solo artist.
Justin Currie has plenty of experience in defying musical expectations. He was still in his teens when he co-founded Del Amitri in his hometown of Glasgow. Between 1982 and 2002, the band evolved from resourceful D.I.Y. indie combo to international hitmakers, releasing six much-loved studio albums before amicably parting ways.
“It’s a big difference being a solo operator,” Currie observes. “What you lose in companionship, support and input, you gain in creative control. But most of the elements of what I do haven’t changed all that much. I’m still looking for melody and lyrics that I can feel something from, and trying to put them into the standard structures of the rock or pop song. I love those structures; to me, the verse/chorus/middle-eight thing still seems filled with endless unexplored possibilities.”
The combination of uplifting tunes and darker lyrical themes has long been a recurring motif in Currie’s songwriting. “Del Amitri were often described as ‘bittersweet’ for that very reason,” he notes, adding, “Do I do this deliberately? I don’t know. I am an enormous devotee of pop melodies, from Cole Porter to Amy Winehouse, Smokey Robinson to Buzzcocks. Lyrically, more often than not, I seem to gravitate towards the ambiguity of feelings, the struggle with motivations and doubt in relationships, self-loathing and disappointment—somber things sometimes, but with a scintilla of hope, or at least catharsis. As a songwriter, I use melody to make all of this less maudlin, hopefully, and to create tension.”
“I love to undermine a lyrical conceit with a contrasting tune,” Currie asserts. “I like to sew doubt in the listener’s mind. Does he mean these things? Is this song actually as melancholy, defeatist or cynical as it seems? Or is this guy a romantic who’s optimistic about the consoling power of love?”
“If I have a mission as an artist,” he concludes, “it would be to get a little more poetry into the great warehouse of rock music. All I can do is get it out there and fight to be heard; that’s the great war.”
Justin has recently returned from recording his next as yet untitled album in Austin Texas which will be released in 2013.
JOIN US FOR THE FIRST OF MANY LIVE MUSIC EVENTS BROUGHT TO YOU BY ALIVEQATAR & ICONIC A&E!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS..
150 QR – Tickets available at Virgin, Crepaway + La Cigale Hotel (Maddison Piano Bar & Seven)
21+ Only (Club Seven Membership Required)
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Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013