Gig Review: The Overtones plus support Jessica Clemmons - Hammersmith Apollo ✭✭✭✭

The Overtones
support - Jessica Clemmons

I'm going to be honest from the start, this was a bit of an odd gig for me. Nothing to do with the singing and performances, which were really good, but ultimately the support act didn't really fit the genre of the evening.

Jessica Clemmons, hailing from Texas has a very strong voice with great tonal quality. But standing on the Apollo stage to backing tracks does let the evening down. With a mixture of songs from her albums, and the odd Motown medley thrown in for a bit hand clapping, Jessica really needs a band to provide her backing, especially on a stage as big as the Apollo.

The Overtones however did have a band, and the fans were out in force dancing away the evening to a myriad of hits such as Sh-Boom, Perfect, Runaround Sue and For The Longest Time. The hits kept a-coming and the crowd kept a-dancing... But for me it lacked the intimacy of last years Palladium gig and the sound just wasn't loud enough to fill the space.

The boys do put on one hell of a show though, and the fans love it. They even come into the auditorium to have a sing amongst the crowd. The dancing is spot on, leg waves and arm shuffles all in sync with each other, and the harmonies are wonderful to listen to.

Overall an interesting evening with a vast difference of styles - it was just lacking something I can't quite put my finger on.

4 stars ✭✭✭✭

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