On the 16th January Ed Ginn headed down to the first ever gig of Goldsmiths’ own B.Rick, but they’re not your usual five-piece band…
As I arrived at a crowded Whitehead Building on a Thursday afternoon I was warmly welcomed by a modest band, who asked if I was waiting for a lecture. I explained that I was there to see their performance and was immediately offered a sparkling non-alcoholic beverage – great hospitality. The show was off to a good start.
B.Rick is a all-Goldsmiths four (well, five piece) comprised of vocalist Marie Bashiru, keyboardist and joystickist Dan Bramley, Adam Fletcher on drum pads, John Matts on guitar and stand out frontman B.Rick – who is a brick.
The event itself was more of an experience rather than merely a live set, beginning with a short promo video on the concept of B.Rick. Despite putting forward the idea of B.Rick as a unique concept, it was refreshing to see that the band don’t take themselves too seriously. They demonstrated this with an underlying satire of oxymoronic statements of being constrained yet freed by their image. The video featured small snippets of street interviews showing stranger’s reactions to B.Rick. A splutter of laughs erupted at one interviewee’s response that
“this music is dooope.”
Finally, the band got down to playing their new single, This is Now. The track is a mixture of thumping electronic drum beat and bright indie-pop synth melodies, heightened by soulful vocal harmonies. It was accompanied by a great energy from the band – Dan’s head banging and joystick twisting and Adam’s flailing leg dancing. The whole experience was extremely enjoyable and the band definitely projected their boundless energy onto the audience.
Overall, the world premiere of B.Rick’s first single was a joyous journey, if you enjoy uplifting shoegaze pop, then I would highly recommend you visit them on one of their London university tour dates below and check out their soundcloud:
23rd January, Square Student Union, Westminster University, 6pm
4th February, The Treehouse, City University, 8pm
7th February, The Stumble Inn, South Bank University, 5pm
13th February, The Forum, Hertfordshire University, 5pm