Live Review: John Coffey @ Tivoli De Helling, 27 September 2012

For most Dutch bands it seems like an impossible task to get the crowd going during a show. Most people stand still with their arms crossed, or enjoy their beers, not giving back the energy the band puts in their performance. John Coffey was caught by surprise when a sold-out venue returned the words “Still can’t set my mind to rest” with full conviction when the first song ‘Announce’ kicked in. The pit opened up, the first people started stage diving, and there was no chance in hell this would stop until the very last tune.

I witnessed a fair share of the band’s shows after they came out of the studio in the summer of 2011. It is clear that the line-up change affected the guys in many positive ways, including the addition of a VERY good live show. Yet, tonight was different. Tonight, a packed hall was going berserk, and attended the show specially for them to celebrate the release of Bright Companions. It was beautiful to witness the accomplishment of success, after more than a year of hard work. With smiles on their faces, and joy in their eyes, the guys played the best show of their career so far.

For various songs, John Coffey called in the help of friends to give the release show a little extra. On keys was The MedicsDaniel Langeveld, and Jesse “Woodson” Varwijk and others on backing vocals and percussion for ‘Me vs. I’. The intro of ‘Oh, Oh, Calamity’ was done by Yael Folkertsma on flute.

All together John Coffey played a great show, with ‘Romans’ and ‘Featherless Redheads’ as definite highlights. There’s a lot more waiting for these guys, and I can’t wait to see what 2012 has to offer for them.

Written by Tim van Reyswoud
Photos by Joost Slijkoort – 

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