Rosie Alena / Number 9 / Temples of Youth / Beau Curtis, The Wave Maiden Southsea, 8th February 2020
Selling out her first headline show outside London, Rosie Alena and her band filled Southsea’s The Wave Maiden on Saturday night, a welcome exchange from the approaching storm outside. With three support acts, there was an eclectic mix of music on display, all well attended and received.
First up an unconventional string duo offering from Beau Curtis, setting up the atmosphere nicely with a laid back package of songs that a Leonard Cohen fan might be keen to hear.
Next, Temples of Youth took to the stage with a new fuller sound that compliments their accomplished dream-pop tunes. You can get a flavour of how their music has developed from their Live Lounge session with BBC Introducing Solent here.
Despite the gremlins attacking with some technical difficulties, local psych-pop/rock outfit Number 9 played a great set bringing, as always, an updated stylised nod to the 60s. Full marks for maintaining the blazer/polo neck combo in a venue that gets increasingly hotter throughout the evening too.
London based singer-songwriter Rosie Alena has been creating quite a storm since the recent release of her debut single Mixed Messages. Its hypnotic vocals and smooth backing track wouldn’t be out of place in a Twin Peaks remake and it’s clear that Rosie can easily reproduce the sound live. Along with her band she gave a performance that pretty much stopped everyone in their tracks – keep an eye out for what she does next as this could be the start of something big.
You can find more from each of the artists via the links here:
Words and photos by Siobhan
10th February 2020