ARTYFACTS: Antony and the Johnsons

Friday, May 22, 2009

Antony and the Johnsons

Voice of a damaged angel that filled the entire concert hall. When not doing his 'warbling' style (sorry don't really have the vocabulary to capture it) he is a very capable blues singer. You have to say that his lyrics are nothing like the usual pop fare, full of intensity and jarring imagery, and it makes you hold on and concentrate all the more.

Between songs he talked a great deal, trading comments with the audience. He's from down this way so there were lots of talk about Chichester, Brighton et al. Then his lasped catholicism (he doesn't like faith schools) and being a witch. He even interrupted some songs to finish off a comment or come out with a comeback. Very entertaining and about as comfortable speaking to a sell out audience as any singer I've seen.

The women in the row in front of me (Row A - circle), who were constantly texting during the performance, should be ceremoneously hung from the balcony with their mobiles inserted sideways into their mouths and their bodies left to rot, as a warning to others.


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