I love it when a gig surprises you.
A few weeks ago I went to see Koji and Into It Over It on the Birmingham leg of their UK tour at the Wagon and Horses. It was the first time I’ve been there even though I’d been meaning to go for ages. It’s a pretty cool place – looks a bit like an old man pub, but the function room (“out the back and up the fire escape” was how it was described to me) plays host to a load of punk, hardcore and metal type stuff on a regular basis. Which I’ve kinda been missing since moving back to Brum.
Anyway this gig wasn’t really that kind of show. Well a couple of the bands were, but the two main acts were delightfully acoustic, which I have to admit now I really wasn’t expecting. But it was a great surprise.
First of the main act was Koji. His original stuff was stunning, I picked up a CD and its been a delightful distraction to rush hour traffic on the way home from home. But one of my favourite songs on the night was his cover of Ted Leo/Pharmacists’s Biomusicology. I found a copy of youtube;
I adored what became the audience participation part; “All in all we cannot stop singing we cannot start sinking, we swim until it ends. They may kill and we may be parted, but we will never be broken hearted”. I’d not heard the original before, but koji’s version has to have been one of the best ways to be introduced to the song. Just beautiful.
And Into It Over It was also pretty brilliant too. Would highly recommend checking out both guys’ music, I know I’ll be buying more of it soon.