REVIEW gig Gud Jon Stoke Newington Old Church

Gud Jon Preach At Intimate London Show

A Monday evening in London’s Stoke Newington Old Church, Gud Jon, a leftfield musical project consisting of Icelandic native, Gudjon Bodvarsson, Henry Counsell and Richard Jahn hit the stage for a short but mesmerising set. Backed with 4 singers, cello and guitar they open with latest single ‘Line Break’, quickly followed with ‘Uniform’, Gudjon’s vocals are impressive and the backing singers work perfectly alongside him.

A stripped back cover song with just vocals and cello is maybe the most perfect moment of the night. But it's their own song ‘Water’ that gets the biggest reception with the full band re-joining the stage. The song has a huge chorus, heads start to nod in the room, it features a beautiful ending with just vocal harmonies.

Recent EP title track ‘Holmgang’ is up next. Another track that really utilises the backing vocals - sound almost like a choir in this church. A big song that would suit a room far bigger than this.

Their final song of the evening ’No Moon’ is a superb way to end the evening. “Coz I need you baby it’s true, coz I need you baby I do”, the congregation are now all clapping along, the band looking confident and happy.