Seafret, Mo Parker and Tom the Lion at The Social
Eight guys, two guitars, some drums, a keyboard and a whole lot of hair sums up Tuesday night at The Social. As X Factor is back on our screens, it couldn’t have been more refreshing to witness such a showcase of original new talent.
The Social is a hidden gem, providing an intimate setting off one of London’s busiest streets. This was perfect for the delicate duo Seafret to show off their talents. They played a short acoustic set, captivating the audience. Lead singer Jack Sedman has a voice as big as his afro, not as raspy as Ray LaMontagne but more solemn than Sam Smith. Track Skipping Stone saw him swooning “send me home” while guitarist Harry Draper played pitch perfectly. Next up was Mo Parker, who is actually four people. The lead singer began without as much as a whisper of a hello. But he didn’t need to – his voice did all the talking. The crowd were stunned at such a big soulful voice coming from an understated guy. He sounds like he’s been singing for years, but surprisingly this was his first ever gig. Their blend of modern and classic sounds is beautiful, creating what they call “shifting soul”. Being a part of their first gig was very special; there is a bright future ahead for Mo Parker.
There was a change of pace for the headline act Tom the Lion. No, he’s not a lion but does have long hair, and was gutted to be “the only act without an afro”. His album has just been re-released through Universal and so is expected to gain big acclaim. Despite his recent signing he’s still humble, which adds to his likeability: he’s the kind of act who you’d love to receive a Mercury Prize nomination, even if people don’t know who he is. Tender, emotive and clearly talented, song Sleep is anything but soporific and his record is definitely worth a listen – or a re-listen if you got it first time around. It’s just a shame the audience didn’t give him the attention he deserves.
All these acts are ones to watch – so try and see them before it’s too late, and their egos grow bigger than their hair.
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