It’s been five years since Lamb, the duo formed by Lou Rhodes and Andy Barlow last released an album. It meant a hiatus as a duo, but as with many artists at heart, creativity cannot remain idle. As such, both had an array of solo works and collaborations during this time.
The unique thing about this duo from Manchester is that, despite their musical-years apart, the release of their last album “Backspace Unwind” makes clear that their musical synergy is still present. Fresh and alive, as if no time passed by. There are elements of the ‘Lamb’ familiar to many listeners, however managing not to repeat themselves and instead, reinvent their sound while keeping the essence that has characterized their work. Their concert at the Roundhouse in London was a great opportunity to witness such.
And so, The Roundhouse received Lamb with a sold-out venue to promote their latest album, as well as revisiting hits well known of their previous repertoire. Starting with ‘In Binary’, a stunning track where Lou’s signature vocals shine greatly, the crowd soon joined in movement and dance, also ignited by a very enthusiastic Andy Barlow who’s dedication to his craft did not prevent him from interacting with the crowd throughout the concert. Tracks like ‘Backspace Unwind’ and ‘We Fall in Love’ further built-up the enthusiasm of the attendees, who embraced their latest creation with pretty much the same devotion as their classic songs.
An early trip back to their first album arrived with the track ‘Little Things’, where the drum and bass influences that have part of their sound became present. Still, most of the remainder of the concert went on to display further tracks from their latest delivery, such as ‘As Satellites Go By’ and ‘Nobody Else’, along with classic deliveries that brought loud and wide praise from the public. An early climax arrived with ‘Gabriel’, a shiver-producing piece that also gave one of the best opportunities for the string-trio accompanying them to truly stand out; similar case with the piece ‘What Makes Us Human’, a stunning track of their latest’s release that brought a more emotional atmosphere.
Further classics included B-Line and ‘What Sound’; this last one after bringing a ‘Happy Birthday’ singing from the crowd for Lou, who had a birthday the day before, but surely the delayed celebration was well worth it. The (near) end was marked by the the always loved ‘Gorecki’, the track that brought again wide applause from the crowd, and also seemingly the last encore piece of concert.
For what it seemed the end of the night, a surprising return of Andy and Lou back with band members saw them throwing a last piece to finish the evening. A new version of ‘Trans Fatty Acid’ that –interestingly- for a band whose sound is based in the field of electonica, brought up a more rock-vibe in the venue, also well suited with Andy’s head-banging along the way, proving Lamb can rock in more than one musical style.