Tonight, South-Londoners Misty Miller headed north of the capital to The Barfly in Camden, for a headline show as-part of Barfly’s monthly Breakout night for emerging talent. For anyone new to Misty Miller she’s a singer/songwriter who still at the tender-age (19ish) has already crammed plenty into her music-career, including releasing her debut album (aged 15) while that was ukulele based & full of sweet folk music… Tonight, she is very much, the aspiring rock-chick with her Fender Jag in tow.
Opener ‘You know what I mean’ set the tone for the evening as Misty and her band rattled through the ten-song set in effortless style. Chat was kept to a minimum and Misty ably demonstrated how she can switch between a bonafide Patti Smith rock goddess-mode one minute to slow and tender the next, this was perfectly demonstrated on ‘Wait’ which allowed for Misty to show off her beautifully soft-tender voice.
The evening highlight for yours truly came from ‘Next to You’ the melodic stripped-back intro of Misty, declaring over quietly strummed chords ‘I washed my hair, I washed my hair for you, I shaved my legs, I shaved my legs for you’ soon gave way to the experimental blues-rock style ‘core’ of the song that had me and hopefully a-lot of The Barfly blown away.
The set came to a close with ‘Taxi Cab’ before there was just enough time to for Misty to unleash some copies of the ‘Girlfriend’ 7” single on the crowd before we all dispersed into the night.
Misty Miller played:
- You Know What I Mean
- Lonesome Cowboy
- Tea in China
- Next to You
- Taxi Cab