DEL AMITRI – BRING THEIR LIVE SHOW TO SOUTHAMPTON WE WERE THERE
Del Amiti have been touring fairly regularly over the past seven years but finally they have their first album in nearly twenty years to promote ‘Fatal Mistakes’. Myself, and the other thousand or so members of the audience were very excited to see our Scottish heroes perform these new songs, some for the very first time.
Growing up in the 90’s Del Amitri were never part of any scenes, they were just famous for writing beautiful melodies in the same way Crowded House or Deacon Blue were creating. Some unkind journalists would describe them as Dad rock, but I would say that traditional song writing is surely timeless. Timeless is exactly how the songs appeared to me tonight.
Frontman Justin Currie took centre stage in double denim, gripping an acoustic guitar, rapidly joined by the last remaining original member guitarist Iain Harvie to perform ‘When You Were Young’. The duo have barely changed since the 90’s with the same long hair just with more glimmers or silver. A few excited fans got up from their seats and then on quick inspection noticed that 99% of the audience were safely sat down and returned to their seats. This sadly would be a repeated fixture where each time Del Amitri would ring the chords of one of their hit singles some delighted audience member would rush to their feet and then have that awkward feeling that all the people behind were shooting daggers from their eyes. Currie commented that “he was glad we were comfortable” as a slight to the audience who failed to dance around to ‘Always the Last to Know’.
Throughout the night we were spoiled by remarkable vocal harmonies and musicianship, especially from Harvie who seemed ever-young stomping his way around stage and trying to get every inch of distortion from his amps. We were treated to many of the greatest hits, though sadly, ‘Just Like a Man’, as well as many tracks from their latest album. One could wonder if playing eight new tracks was the right move, including the premier of the seven minutes ‘Nation of Caners’, but Currie did remind us that there was a bar, so fair enough.
After a wonderful night blending folk and rock, the night ended with two acoustic classics ‘Nothing Ever Happens’ followed by ‘Be My Downfall’ which led to a heavily tattooed man to my right to burst into tears. Couldn’t really blame him. Del Amitri would surely be delighted.