NICK WATERHOUSE - LONDON - 10.04.2014

Last week saw the incredibly suave Nick Waterhouse play a sold out show at Hackney’s Oslo. Accompanied by seven other mesmerising musicians, their tight dynamic was nothing but class. With a stint of study in the UK himself, Waterhouse seemed grateful to be finishing his tour in London:

“It feels like a real victory to be playing out here.”



Sprinkling each song with some context, his talkative yet modest demeanour left us intrigued. How does a man ooze such cool and not act like a knob? It’s the type of modesty you wish legends like Alex Turner could relearn. Too little, too late - so they say.

Welllllllllllllll! (screamed Waterhouse/diversion from dissing Turner). Imagine twisting back fifty years and ending up somewhere between Hackney and a hazy jazz basement in New York. Energised by the refreshing sounds of the soul infused R&B, tracks like ‘(If) You Want Trouble’ had everyone up dancing. Not just your token gig-goer-toe-tap either, people were actually moving their hips, heads and arms too.

Nick Waterhouse released his second LP ‘Holly’ last month, slightly slower than his first album - they were blended nicely to maintain a balanced tempo throughout. ‘Raina’ stood out among the slower tracks and touched upon the more romantic side of his songwriting. It also highlighted the infectious vocal abilities of both himself and his back up. The more recent track, ‘Dead Room’ claimed a well deserved applause from the crowd due to one very impressive solo on sax.

Well known among his peers as a producer, singer and songwriter it’s no surprise that he’s well acquainted with fellow Californian mastermind - Ty Segall. Before launching into a cover of his ‘It No.3’ he mentioned that Segall played drums on his first record and explained with pride, “Ty and I came from the same place, and I feel like this song let’s you know we’re from the same place.”

In summary:
- Waterhouse has epitomised the meaning of sharp with his alluring guitar solos.
- Every band should have a member solely dedicated to the bongos.
- You need to see ‘Moist’ Paula Henderson on bari sax at least once before you die.

As you can imagine, encore demand was high and Nick Waterhouse and his friends banged out a few more tracks to top off what was a very impressive night of sweaty soul.