Mark Lanegan at The Sugar Club – Review

Mark Lanegan, Academy Dublin, 17 January 2015

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Mark Lanegan

Mark Lanegan – Sugar Club

Wednesday 6th November

A packed to the brim Sugar Club on Leeson Street hosted the old school legend Mark Lanegan for the second night running. Excited revellers filled the modest room in anticipation of the former Screaming Trees singer.

Support on the night came from Lanegan’s collaborator in his recent venture Black Pudding, Duke Garwood. British blues rocker Garwood warmed up an already tense crowd. A shy, retiring figure, Garwood with eyes closed, serenaded the crowd with soulful blues-rock set.

Garwood returned to the stage later as part of Lanegan’s band. With a felicitous choice of openers, we kicked off with 4 songs from the duo’s collaboration Black Pudding, including War Memorial and the cool alt-rock Cold Molly. Lanegan is not one for crowd interaction and can barely muster whispered thanks between songs. A certain sweetness was brought to each piece by the cellist and violinist occupying the left of the stage.

Lanegan’s latest offering Initiations is a collection of cover versions performed by Mark and released in September. The baritone singer performed several songs from the album including moody versions of Frank Sinatra’s Pretty Colours and Bobby Darin’s Mack the Knife. Lanegan also paid homage to the late Lou Reed with a stringed arrangement of Satellite of Love.

The crowd were warm to each song and cover but refrained from singing along just to hear Lanegan’s style take over each track. The band took brief leave from the stage before just Lanegan and the lead guitarist returned for a 2 song encore. The night capped off with a song from one of his formers bands Screaming Trees’ Halo of Ashes.

A somewhat sombre night at the Sugar Club but all lapped up by the willing revellers who screamed for more as the night came to a close and the lights grew brighter.

Review by Pat Byrne

Setlist:

  • War memorial (Black Pudding)
  • Mescalito (Black Pudding)
  • Cold Molly (Black Pudding)
  • Driver (Black Pudding)
  • Pentecostal
  • When Your number isn’t up
  • The Cherry Tree Carol
  • One Way Street
  • The Gravediggers song
  • Phantasmagoria Blues
  • Pretty Colors (Frank Sinatra)
  • Mack the Knife (Bobby Darin)
  • You only live twice (Nancy Sinatra)
  • Solitaire (The Carpenters)
  • Satellite of Love (Lou Reed)
  • One Hundred Days
  • Mirrored
  • On Jesus’ Program (O.V. Wright)

Encore

  • Bombed
  • Halo of ashes (Screaming Trees)

 

Lucy Ivan

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