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King Krule @ Johnny Brenda’s.

December 9, 2013

KingKrule07Text by Andrew Brown. Images by Michael Bucher.

Archy “King Krule” Marshall looks every bit of his 19 years on Earth. The lanky Ron Weasley-lookalike seems to still be learning how to cope with his wiry limbs. You’d be forgiven for walking past him on the street without thinking much.

But the South London native opens his mouth and starts to sing with THAT voice. That pummeling Cockney croon makes no sense when it comes out of his slight body. That’s when you realize that you’re dealing with something special.

King Krule brought all of this to Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday and he did not disappoint the VERY sold out crowd gathered to witness his unique talent.

Montreal band TOPS opened with an excellent set of breezy, dreamy synth pop. Great music to hold your girlfriend’s hand to (I’m guessing here). Definitely worth checking out.

After a brief sound check, Marshall and crew entered the stage, and put on an excellent set that seamlessly switched between moody and manic. Marshall took turns playing a Johnny Marr-ish sounding guitar while his band kept an incredibly tight, dub reggae-inspired groove going throughout the set, which incorporated songs off the recent 6 Feet Beneath The Moon and the group’s beloved 2011 self-titled EP.

Highlights included “Easy Easy,” “Baby Blue,” “Krokodile,” and (personal favorite) “Rock Bottom.” As excellent as the performance was, you can’t help but feel like this is just a teaser to something much more important. Stay tuned. Marshall is definitely one to watch.

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