It was literally a case of welcome to the sauna as Bedouin Soundclash treated Brighton reggae fans to a blisteringly hot night of meaty tunes to cap off a rare sunny day in the UK this summer. The heat cooked up inside Concorde 2 came courtesy of the Canadian trio’s ability to get their fans singing, dancing and clapping to produce an carnival atmosphere of good time vibes.
They gave us a live airing of much of their new album Street Gospels, kicking off with the rocking “Until We Burn In The Sun” and including “Bells of 59”, “Wall Fall Down” and “St Andrews” which are all sure to become gig regulars. Their new material fits in perfectly with the older tracks and although still irrefutably reggae-based, the Bedouin sound encompasses elements of indie, soul and punk over their dance-inducing beats. As ever with that classic reggae style, the sun always feels like it is shining so what better place to have them play than the seaside city of Brighton?
Although the reggae genre is often overlooked by the masses as too niche for them, Bedouin’s unique blending of other sounds will surely mean they find further universal acclaim if this performance is anything to go by.
On stage, bassist Eon made it look all too easy as his bobbed back and forth in time with his rhythms with drummer Pat banging away at the back as frontman Jay’s fractured voice resonated through the venue. He always sounds like he might have to give his throat a rest at any moment, but sounding fragile is not the same as being fragile: Jay’s singing remains powerful, goading on those who want to join in on their most popular tracks. For some, that meant nearly all of them as they jumped to the bassy goodness. Although the reggae genre is often overlooked by the masses as too niche for them, Bedouin’s unique blending of other sounds will surely mean they find further universal acclaim if this performance is anything to go by.
By the end, the trio were dripping with sweat along with the rest of the gig-goers, their huge efforts in spite of the heat were met by a crowd hungry to hear arguably their two biggest hits: “12:59 Lullaby” and “When the Night Hears My Song”. The latter resulted in another mass sing-a-long and Jay even fitted in a dash of “Stand By Me” to tease everyone before properly launching into the well-worn hit. Arms in the air and smiles all round, there was no way the boys were getting away without an encore to round off a vibrant set with hardly a pause to catch a breath. Jay said they loved playing in Brighton because they always felt so welcomed and had such a great time. The feeling was clearly mutual.