PJ Harvey is touring behind her album The Hope Six Demolition Project. Tonight’s concert showcases this album in its entirety, with complimentary songs from her previous recordings.
Houston’s Revention Music Center is the perfect venue for PJ Harvey’s show this evening. The standing room only venue holds a smaller crowd, lending an intimate feeling to tonight’s concert. No matter where you stand, it feels as if PJ Harvey is singing directly to you. The venue’s sound is crystal clear and also at a volume that does not leave the patron’s ears ringing at the end of the show.
The drum-driven, parade-like into “Chain of Keys” introduces the band onto the stage, lets one know that this is a different show from PJ Harvey’s previous concerts of past. This has the look and feel of The Preservation Hall Band, with percussion and the use of horns. This is quite a large band, using 10 pieces, to accompany PJ Harvey’s beautifully hypnotic vocals and style.
PJ Harvey plays the entire album’s length. “The Community of Hope” stands out at the beginning of the concert. As the music plays, the stage lighting changes to reflect the mood of the currently played song. The backdrop is the look of a skyscraper’s windows, in a brutalist architectural sense. “The Words That Maketh Murder” has the stage lights a bright white, where “The Wheel” falls into a deep red and orange.
The most noteworthy songs of the night is when PJ Harvey plays “50ft Queenie”, the crowd erupts as the first chord is played. This is followed by “Down by the River”, which has everyone singing along with her vocals “Big fish, Little fish”.
A blown “count in” at the beginning of the encore embarrasses PJ Harvey to the point of looking for consolation from band members. She then walks back to the mic and apologizes to the audience, before restarting the song. She is forgiven with a huge round of applause. The encores end the night. PJ Harvey and the band lineup, stage front and take a bow.
Event Date: 29-APR-2017