Live in London – Pete Lawrie

He growls like a murderous truck driver, his voice all burnt ochre and autumn leaves.  He songs are relentless and intense, bruising cameos of bluesy rock that leave you exhausted and grimacing – but totally in a good way.  Meet Pete (rhyme unintentional, but enjoyed) Lawrie, a fresh-faced 20-something from a small Welsh seaside resort who sounds (and writes) like a scarred 60-something from, well, a small Welsh seaside resort.

Recently plucked from obscurity by Island Records, Lawrie several strings to his manly bow. Along with a voice so gravelly and characterful it makes Tom Jones sound like Aled Jones, the man from Penarth offers gently-plucked gospel ballads and pleasant piano-backed numbers.  But it’s on noisier grubbers like How Could I Complain? that he thrills, sounding a little like John Fogerty in his more outgoing, atmospheric solo moments. 

Not that you ought to tell Pete that I made such a reference.  He says on his page, in an example of typically fragrant MySpace get-me bollocks: “I make other music you cannot point to. A bit of glitchy, navel gazing instrumental hip hop under the name ‘lotide’ and some Narcissistic remixes of my own songs strung together under the highly unimaginative name ‘Pete Lawrie?’. You can find all of it here. If you find you can point to any of it, please let me know and I will be mortified, embarrassed and will instantly quit music and find another hobby. Probably Contradancing.  Contra dance (also contradance, contra-dance and other variant spellings) refers to several folk dance styles in which couples dance in two facing lines of indefinite length.”

Alleluia to that.  But, preposterous MySpace witterings and some occasionally clunky lyrics aside, this is classy stuff.  Lawrie and his lovely voice ought to go far.

Pete Lawrie on MySpace

Live date:
Tues 18 Aug – The Flowerpot, Kentish Town

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~ by ripamel on 04/08/2009.

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