Sam Coomes – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 9 March 2017

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I’m a big fan of Sleater-Kinney and drummer Janet Weiss plays in Quasi with Sam Coomes. Explains the roundabout route to how I found myself at Sam’s tour supporting his first solo album ‘Bugger Me’. And solo the show was. One man, a drum machine and distorted keyboard … how good could that be? Well, very, very good it turns out.

Sam does his little talking at the start of the set then just pulverises his way through song after song without let up. But even though I only knew a few I was carried along like everyone else with his energetic delivery and great story telling. No Quasi songs apart from new ‘Ballad of Donald Duck and Elmer Fudd’ from the recent Anti Trump ‘Battle Hymns’ protest compilation, but an enthusiastic audience didn’t mind and appreciated every weird morsel. Top notch and I was surprised how well his songs work on people who were not already fans. He made many more tonight.  I hope to catch Sam and/or Quasi in USA in August if I’m lucky!

8.5/11 Attended by George

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