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We Were Evergreen Live At the Barfly, London



The fast rising band excite and delight in equal measures...
Tuesdays are very rarely the most exciting day of the week, in fact I would argue that they're actually very much the opposite.  The weekends a distant memory, the Monday blues have been and gone, Wednesdays "we've reached the middle of the week" sentiment hasn't quite arrived and it's another day in the working week.  However this Tuesday was very different...  I was excited (and fortunate enough) to be heading to see We Were Evergreen, in the intimate surroundings of the Barfly, Camden, a gig I had been looking forward to for some time. I first came across the band via their track Daughters and have since immersed myself in their happy-go-lucky melodies that seem to make all troubles and strife disappear.  The trio (Michael, Fabienne and William) sound flawless together and I was hoping that this wouldn’t be lost in the surroundings of a live venue (even as small as The Barfly).  I was not disappointed. Just before the gig started I caught up with a group of the We Were Evergreen faithful to find out a little more about what makes the band so appealing.  William, Sophie, Ben & Harry who had traveled some miles to come and see the band after having watched them at last year’s Wilderness Festival.  They all agreed We Were Evergreen were well worth making the journey to Camden for and were very much looking forward to seeing them again on the festival scene this coming summer. This seemed to be a sentiment echoed by the rest of the crowd as a superb atmosphere of togetherness and overwhelming enjoyment was wholly apparent.  The trio’s energy was superb from start to finish; impressive given their performance schedule. They started with crowd favorites Daughters, Leeway and Baby Blue which got everyone swinging and then introduced tracks from their forthcoming new album. I’m always a little nervous when bands use a gig as a testing ground for new material (probably not as nervous as the band) but the crowd’s response (including mine) was one of empathic approval.  Combined with their continued stage presence and the fact that all three of them seemed to be enjoying the show, the crowd responded in a similar fashion.  With this in mind I have very high hopes for the new album, which Michael suggested would be released in a couple of months. To top off a fantastic evening, all band members were happy to come and say “thanks for coming along”, to take photos with those hanging around and have a quick chat about the evening.  This is testament to what great folk they are.  I was left simply thinking; "I want more".

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