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jennylee leaves Warpaint behind and moves front and centre on her debut UK performance

08 December 2015, 10:00 | Written by Andrew Hannah

With her debut solo album out this week and the comfort of her Warpaint comrades no longer stage left or right, you'd forgive Jenny Lee Lindberg for being more than a touch nervous for her first UK solo performance at Glasgow's Stereo venue.

Yet playing the songs from right on!, the album she has recorded as jennylee, Lindberg appeared to be right at home centre stage on what was her debut UK gig on Monday night.

Perhaps not surprisingly for a bassist,the anchor to the songs came from the rhythm section while Lindberg's vocals were a kind of guide,or a sketch, wandering their way through the forest of the track, eventually finding a gratifying path to the conclusion or clearing.

While some songs sounded like they were pitched between Siouxie and the Banshees and the Cure,scratchy goth guitar lines moodily refusing to bow to the rhythm as found on opening track "bully" or the album lead-off "blind", the show really came alive during "never" and "white devil" when the propulsive, driving bass matched Lindberg's agitated stage presence made up of shadow-boxing dips and shimmies,eventually coalescing and pushing her voice into the primal screams ripping through the latter of those tracks.

Ending on a "cover" Warpaint's "CC" didn't feel like deference to Lindberg's main gig or an apology or thanks for sitting through a bunch of songs most of the audience won't have yet heard as a collected work. It acted as a sign of how this artist has developed and found the urge and wont to be the main attraction. You could see the cofidence flowing through Lindberg, despite her apologies for apparently being nervous. No matter what happens next with Warpaint, jennylee is an artist in her own damn right. Right on!


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