Jesse Malin at Fibbers, York Thursday 24th June 2010
By Steve Rudd
Two years since he last visited the grand old city of York, New Yorker Jesse launched into his set with reckless abandon, hitting out with a volley of brand new material, before harking back to the olden days with tunes
such as Queen of The Underworld (lifted from his debut release,
The Fine Art of Self-Destruction) and Black Haired Girl (one of the finest cuts on his
sensational Glitter in The Gutter LP).
Backed by The St. Mark's Social, Jesse larked about on the confined stage like a kid who'd been swallowing sweets for the best part of three weeks, energising the crowd as he excitedly leapt.
It was a tragic shame that the crowd was so small, but that's what happens when it's a beautiful summer's evening and the World Cup's dominating the planet's collective consciousness. In spite of the lack of fans in attendance, Jesse injected his all into every song aired in his eighty-minute set.
The last ten years have seen Jesse edge away from his punk roots into more melancholic territory. Still, at regular points in the evening's set, he joyously lapsed into his old role as punk-rocker with a couple of truly storming numbers that took the audience by surprise.
It was as though D-Generation had suddenly stormed the stage. However, Mr Malin knows how to slow affairs down accordingly, and his devastating version of Solitaire aspired to induce an outpouring of tears en-masse.
Arguably his most emotional song from his masterwork of a debut album, Solitaire defines Jesse's talent as a songwriter in many ways, going above and beyond the call of duty in terms of showing how he can project raw emotion with heart-attacking sincerity.
For much of the set, Malin stood centre-stage, accompanied by his PMA - promoting electric and acoustic guitars. Only rarely did he surrender his six-strings in order to serenade the barrier.
In the past, it has been common for Jesse to vault over into the proverbial 'pit' at many gigs in order to get up close and personal with his fans whilst performing his haunting cover version of Neil Young's Helpless, yet Jesse stayed on his stage of the barrier for the duration this time around, much to the disappointment of a few fans who revel in the exhilaration that his presence awards.
A stampeding Prisoners of Paradise couldn't fail to get the crowd jumping, before a rousing Brooklyn mesmerised the already-spellbound venue with its sentiments.
However, Jesse and band saved the most reflective and thought-provoking song for last: Almost Grown. Stunning in its lyrical simplicity, Jesse laments, 'When you're all alone, when you're all alone, when you're all alone, then you're almost grown.'
Those fans who had made it to Fibbers were just thankful that they'd been able to grow with him.
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It would be a crying shame if I wasn't to tell you about the artist I saw playing at Adelphi in Hull the other week.
Really? Do tell me, who did you see?
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I could barely move without having to push past someone, but I finally located my friends.
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Opening proceedings, resident barman at The Bell, Joe Pickering,
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Was she funny? Yes, but it wasn't easy to pin down why. A bizarre opening to a night that was to get steadily more fantastical.
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I hear you went to Kick Out the Jams at the Nags Head on Newland Avenue how was it?
It was good; loads of people there. Saw Marv and Rachel, Alfie, Carlos and Uncle Dave, Flo, Maddy, Laura and Brum too ... Brum bought me an NBA, he is a good egg.
So who was playing, were they any good?
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Tonight's event by dissident fanzine Silent Revolution run by local artist and
is another example of a
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creative sector in the city.
Adelphi Club on De Grey Street provides the perfect setting to host this auspicious convergence of
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