I'd been eagerly awaiting this gig for a long time, not having seen Conor perform before with a full band. The Leadmill is one of my favourite venues, the atmosphere is always electric and the room was full by the time Conor took to the stage. I'd probably go as far as to say that this is one of the best gigs I've ever been to. Conor is one of those musicians you want to shout from the rooftops about how talented he is, because surely by now someone with his level of creativitiy and unique talent should be well known and loved worldwide. He had his audience in the palm of his hand, delivering every single song with charisma and passion. As well as that, he's genuinely one of the happiest performers I've ever seen, with a smile that never left his face throughout his entire set. The performance began with Retro Tinted Mind, one of the songs which I think the most resembles Bowies' material. Its a big song, with quirky lyrics and a real authentic 70's feel.
Backed up by a phenomenal band, Conor really showed he has star quality and good control of the instruments he commands. He has a good sense of humour, and when the third track of the night, Champagne Eyes, ended he joked about not having chosen to end the night with what is perhaps his most well known track. It IS one of his strongest songs, and THAT guitar solo almost killed me- amazing!
There's a gap in the market for someone of Conor's genre; surging guitars, memorable lyrics, and incredible vocal control alongside his obvious love for music make him, in my opinion, the definition of a true artist- of which I believe many mainstream radio stations are lacking these days. This gig left me in awe. All I wanted to do afterwards was tell anyone who woulds listen all about Conor Houston and his amazing music. I have a feeling the best is yet to come.