Rounding off a successful 2009, Gabby Young & Other Animals took to the stage one last time at London’s Borderline. After building a great live reputation throughout the year, things really seem to have accelerated for Gabby during the last few months. The band’s debut album ‘We’re All In This Together’ was officially released last month (and launched with a triumphant sold out show at Bush Hall), but before that fans were given the opportunity to sign up to ‘become an animal‘, selecting from 3 different packages with different benefits (free gigs, merchandise, signed items, and even the chance to get involved in songwriting and band rehearsals), and receiving the finished album a month early. This innovative scheme has resulted in a lot of positive press (including a feature on Sky News), with stories focussing on emerging bands using new ways to generate interest and income outside of typical record deals.
Combine the above with Christmas being just around the corner, Wednesday’s gig was a bit of a celebration. The gig kicked off with ‘Ladies Of The Lake’, and Gabby emerging with another fantastic and unique look, this time looking festive with fairy lights in her eye catching red hair. The set drew mainly from the new album, with future single and album highlight ‘Ones That Got Away’ got the crowd dancing, and singing along with a catchy trumpet call and answer section. Things slowed down momentarily for the album’s stunning title track, but returned to the full upbeat mood again for the the rest of the set.
The big crowd singalong of the night, as ever, was the catchy ‘Whose House’, with the whole crowd joining in to sing “Whose House Are You In?” over and over. A new song ‘Horatio’, which is teased on the album with a short snippet, was debuted, and showed that there is no shortage of great tunes, and was one of the set highlights. After a rousing ‘Two By Two’ the set was over, but the band returned for an encore of ‘Snakebite’ taken from last year’s ‘Bear With Me’ EP. Towards the end of the set Gabby announced that the band’s accordionist and bassist were getting married the following day, yet another reason to celebrate!
So, a great year wrapped up in fine style, the crowd left feeling pleased with a night of good old fashioned entertainment, and full of Christmas spirit! The signs are looking good for 2010 for Gabby and her Animals, and I (and I’m sure many other fans) hope it’s as successful as they deserve.