Peter Whitmore at Whelan’s – Review

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English singer-songwriter Peter Whitmore played Whelan’s on Tuesday 13th of August.

The small upstairs venue was filled almost to bursting, with chattering groups still wandering in as Whitmore took to the stage. He opened with ‘Break the Green Machine’, showcasing twanging rock-acoustic guitar and a low, passionate voice. The energetically strummed chorus more than competed with the lively crowd atmosphere in the cosy red room and the finger-picked section at the end rounded it off nicely.

His second song, ‘Raindrops’, was a unique number with a cheeky, drip-drop rhythmic riff combined with easy vocals. He’s currently making a cartoon to complement the track which was cheery but mellow with a pop-y, relaxed chorus.

After a lower, slower ending, Whitmore proceeded straight into ’Me and You’. This song was sung very low with a hint of vibrato over a slightly contrasting twanging guitar line. The chorus was soulful with a lot of vibrato on the end-line notes but a lot of vocal variation. It had the kind of lyrics that made you want to sing along and had some impressively sweet higher notes in one section. The highlight was a slowed down version of the chorus right at the end.

The attractive young singer paid the audience a few compliments before kicking off a jaunty, acoustically mellow cover of Macklemore’s ‘Thrift Shop’. The crowd helped him out with the lyrics at the chorus and loved it.

He followed it up with his own song ‘Too Young To Die’ which was great acoustic Brit-rap in its purest form. He teamed the quick-paced lyrics with gentle and mildly melancholy strumming.

His penultimate track was ‘Rollercoaster’ which he said you ‘could take as a metaphor for life…but in reality it’s just a song about a rollercoaster’. It opened slowly with sustained notes and vibrato gradually speeding up a little into a pop-y number a little reminiscent of The Kooks’ acoustic work and with lovely high notes in the finish.

His final song was ‘Electric Blue’. He’d just written this track which opened slightly folksy before moving into smooth, even strumming. He sang higher for a lot of this track and it was again very Kooks-ish.

Whitmore’s music was easy listening but with a passion to it that commanded the audience’s attention. He kicked the night off to a great start and warmed up the atmosphere with ease and confidence. He had a great balance of different sounds within his set and really showed off his talent.

Review by Kat Clinch

 

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