David Blackett catches Aiden Grimshaw’s London gig, hot on the heels of his debut single release
If you are here to find out that beneath that moody, gay slur-using fringe of Aiden Grimshaw is a shallow pop act who can’t hold a tune then we are sorry but my lordy, this boy can sing. Half an hour in this man’s company and we are truly excited about his album.
Worry not, those of you that thought his debut single ‘Is this Love?’ would sound different from the rest of his material (we call this the Jessie J syndrome) as they are just as strong, following the same vein of Hurts and Alex Clare’s angst pop. However there is a definite pattern of ‘mumble,mumble, SHOUT THE CHORUS, do a high note bit’ but it works for this album at least so why complain? And if we have learned anything from The Voice it’s that the falsetto is a thing to be encouraged; if it’s good enough for Tom Jones it’s good enough for us plebs.
Grimshaw, ever the chatter-box managed to speak a grand total of one sentence, which was nice. But if the dude wants to connect with his audience and go onto greater things we need a bit more, just a ‘HELLO LONDON’ or ‘I LOVE YOU’ or tell us what you had for breakfast Aiden! We want to know!
But for all his quiet shuffling between tracks, as soon as the drums start, he transforms into a fascinating creature, clearly in love with each song. He sings with such power, aggression and angst you can tell he cries after sex. Apart from some upsetting crotch-holding which someone needs to tell him to stop doing, we could happily watch him sing the phonebook.
Aiden Grimshaw: strong singing, intense stares and some interesting facial movements. If you like his single we recommend seeing him live, if you want a night of jolly music, go elsewhere.
You can catch Aiden Grimshaw on tour as of September – more details here.
If that isn’t enough Grimshaw for you, get comfy and read our interview with him.