Broadcast – 20/1

Ever since he first found success as one half of the child-like duo The Moldy Peaches, who famous for their contribution to the Juno soundtrack ‘Anyone Else But You’, Adam Green has become the leading proponent of ‘anti-folk’ via seven consistently witty and alternative-yet-accessible solo albums. Gaining notoriety among the more reserved not only for his candid lyrics about sex, drugs and ‘girls with no legs’ but also a close friendship with sensationalist media favourite, Macaulay Culkin. As this evening’s gig at Broadcast demonstrates, he has also managed to acquire a dedicated and adoring fan base.

The stripped-down set, which begins a month-long European tour, is sold-out and there is an electric sense of anticipation while the first Adam of the evening, quirky support act Adam Ross of Randolph’s Leap, performs. His set of folk standards accompanied by light-hearted wordplay makes for a pleasant start to the evening.

When Adam Green finally takes to the stage he is accompanied by just an acoustic guitar, leaving him free to demonstrate his idiosyncratic showman credentials and the first song, ‘Bluebirds’, is enthusiastically recited back to him by his fans. It is a career-spanning set with Green performing fan favourites spread across his body of work. The songs range from beautiful ballads to folk to straight-up pop and Green’s crooning is impressive, especially considering it is accompanied by convulsive, Iggy-Pop-on-downers dance moves.

There is no doubt that, for a hard-core Adam Green fan, which most members of the crowd clearly are, this gig is absolute heaven. Nonetheless, much of his material is limited by the lack of a whole band. That the acoustic format did not become mind-numbing is a credit to Green’s varied song-writing but an hour and a half set of sub-three minute acoustic songs did at times threaten to become boring even with Green’s entertaining antics. This, however, is the only criticism of a great set which culminated in an accomplished crowd-surf and three encores in true anti-folk fashion.

[Conor Quill]

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