Andy Burrows – Live

26 Feb

Andy Burrows

Komedia: Monday, February 18, 2013

On paper, going to see the ex-drummer from indie makeweights Razorlight on a cold Monday night shouldn’t stir up much excitement.

But Andy Burrows isn’t your average pan basher who now reckons he can belt out note or two.

He’d already proven his songwriting credentials by penning his former band’s biggest hit America – allegedly much to the annoyance of gobby singer Johnny Borrell – and this set showed his knack for creating memorable tunes has prevailed in his new solo material.

Supported by a full band, the immaculately crafted songs from his back catalogue immediately took on a more boisterous feel as Burrow’s let off the shackles on his vocals.

Another Picture of You– released under his I Am Arrows moniker – typified his skill for writing breezy, free-flowing classic pop songs and giving them an extra shot in the arm on stage, before a cover of Crowded House’s Four Seasons In One day was saved from being a middle of the road meltdown by some simply stunning four-way harmonies.

Burrows is also a master at pacing a song, with the tearjerkers Light The Night and Hometown – both of which appear on the Snowman and the Snowdog soundtrack – starting off innocuously before blooming into all-consuming numbers brimming with purpose and overflowing with melody.

There is no doubt that Burrows is a rare breed; a drummer who has stepped out of the shadows with stunning results. He clearly loves
every minute of it too – no doubt helped by not having to stare at Borrell’s backside for a couple of hours every night.

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