Does anyone remember when Oh My Love came out? I remember it very well, because it was around the time that the Aqualung song Strange and Beautiful (I’ll Put a Spell On You) was constantly on the radio. Oh My Love was Sophia‘s great breakthrough into the mainstream. For some reason I’d always thought that band was german (why, I don’t know) and the endless airplay that went on for months and months after that reinforced that silly belief of mine. Because of the Wallis Bird gig the day before, because of job #1 and the fact that I had to be at work (job #2) at 8 the following day, I was unsure if I would be able to make it. But it took me a full listen of some of his discography again, that morning, to realise I was going to have to go. And I’m so glad I did. So glad.
I made my way to the venue too late to see most of the opening band’s set (Dark Captain Light Captain). When did I start missing opening bands, actually? I used to always be worried about missing them, I feel like I’ve become heartless… Anyway, it took 14 minutes of waiting in the semi-darkness and a really intense first song to make me realise that I would not, in any way, move from my spot until the concert would be over. With a string quartet on stage, a drummer, and 4 other musicians – one would play the keys most of the time but moved onto the guitar once or twice – and excellent sound, Sophia delivered a wonderful performance. The vocalist had great stage presence, he told tales of abandonment and sadness in-between their songs (more tales of abandonment and sadness), and an anecdote about how Something (from their latest record There are no Goodbyes) came to be. I was on the verge of tears at every single song, new and old, the sound was filling my head and heart. BEAUTIFUL, definitely not to be missed. And here is the setlist I wrote up, seventeen lovely songs. I didn’t actually expect Signs to come so soon, I thought it would be played towards the end..
♫ Sophia: So Slow ♫