Singer-songwriter Jon Byrne supported The Smiths Indeed last night, whose popularity continues to grow and includes actress Sienna Miller amongst his legion of followers.
This year, Byrne made a huge impression on the Leftfield stage at Glastonbury, where he was bestowed with a ‘Best New Act’ accolade.
At the intimate gig in Liverpool’s Carling Academy 2 – formerly the L2 – he gave a taster of nine tracks expected to appear on his forthcoming album, due for release in March next year.
Brought up in Barrow-In-Furness, Byrne’s glam/folk acoustic tale songs are a mix of observations from his Cumbrian background and encounters with those he has met.
He delivered them through an excellent variation of vocal and humorous expressive performance.
In particular, Cigarette Song exaggerates a story of a meeting he had with, he describes, a “mad woman” and delivers such a catchy chorus.
A favourite of mine, however, is Scumbags. This comically taps into observations of society misfits and those people Byrne sings about would easily sit within scripts for Channel 4 series Shameless, although, at the same time, his message is understood.
His concern of today’s young continues in No Future Generation and his final song of the evening, Don’t Let Life Get You Down, is Byrne reflecting on this deterioration in society he feels has evolved.
Byrne, dressed in a tweed suit with collar and tie, is a songwriter for the modern times.
Really entertaining and certainly a performer to listen out for, Byrne’s music has a resemblance to Liverpool band Tramp Attack, with lyrics from the mould of early Arctic Monkeys tone, but brought together by a toe-tapping sea shanty feel.
Byrne appears in his hometown at The Canteen venue on Boxing Day, before heading on a busy UK tour throughout April next year with The Smiths Indeed.