This review originally featured in The Skinny.
A troupe of nuns adorned with eye patches and smears of lipstick, a raffle, electro and indie-pop, drink-fueled dancing, and a SAY Award winner at a tiny piano; what more could you want from a Saturday night? Lost Map’s foray into events continues with the second installment of Lumber Party – a loosely Valentine’s Day-themed celebration of diverse, energetic entertainment.
Lumber Party II, put on by Lost Map lynchpins Kid Canaveral, is seven hours of eclectic enjoyment, kicking off with the beguiling Kathryn Joseph. Standing behind a small plinking piano and hand-pumped harmonium, the songs become new entities. The high-pitched clink of the toy keys gives a sinister edge to the likes of The Worm and new song Tell My Lover, but allows Joseph’s bewitching, distinct vocal to be the central focus. Despite tracks that sit deep in the heart of darkness, between songs she’s as engaging and funny as ever. Rounding off the set with These Three Desire Lines, written last year with The Twilight Sad‘s James Graham but tonight sung alone, it’s entrancing even in its stripped-back, solo state.
London-based trio The Drink inject some 90s nostalgic guitar riffs into the basement space, ramping the sound up loud. Lead singer Dearbhla Minogue’s vocal is deceptively sweet whilst packing a punch as they power through some straight up pop-rock. Next up are Kid Canaveral, tight through tracks from their latest album Faulty Inner Dialogue and previous two records, despite some technical glitches. Pale White Flower and Her Hair Hangs Down are highlights, as is bass player Rose McConnachie’s deadpan disapproval for You Only Went Out To Get Drunk Last Night. The Canaverals are in fine form, as hosts and performers, with most of the band later resurrected in another guise – the prodigious cover choir, Rides of Christ.
From Bowie and Talking Heads to TLC, the fully decked-out Rides spill over the stage in eye patches and eye shadow, doing an amazing job of covering all manner of artists. There’s sing-a-longs aplenty and Kate Canaveral is outstanding during Cher’s Believe – serious stuff with the added aid of vocoder for ultimate authenticity.
Artist Sarah J Stanley in her HQFU incarnation is perfectly pitched for the post-1am crowd. With a sharp visual setup enhancing the club feel, the enduring revelers are rewarded with an excellent set of instinctive beats and stunning pop vocals.