By: Mustafa Mirreh
30 October, 2018, 21:00
The gleaming smile on Harvey Causon’s face as he stood by the entrance of The Louisiana spoke volumes; this was an artist full of confidence and ready to put on a performance like no other.
Having impressed fans and industry peers at shows in Brighton and London earlier this month, Harvey Causon’s hometown show was eagerly anticipated. Friends, family and music fans were all at present as the Radio 1 featured star and his full band, featuring fellow producer Gabriel Gifford (guitar, bass, sampler) and Ben Toons (drummer) were ready to showcase their portfolio of work which has seen them progress rapidly in just 12 months. Supporting act Jevon Ives kicked off the evening proceedings, delivering one of the slickest live sets on stage. Touches of electronica and R&B soaked the room in ecstasy as those watching were left intoxicated by the incredibly fluid beats and soulful vocals from Ives himself and his supported female singer as they performed songs from album Worship the Sun.
Keeping us in awe before Harvey Causon got on stage, everyone was more than pumped to welcome Bristol’s music hero. Causon and co didn’t hesitate as they immediately launched into their genre-bending soundscapes. Performing songs from EP Murphy’s Hand and then some; the band showcased the full works to date in addition to new material. ‘Branches’, ‘Dose’ and ‘Murphy’s Hand’ all dazzled as Causon and Gifford shifted from guitar strings to sampler waves which flowed effortlessly whilst Toon’s drumming held everything together. This was a group with chemistry and everything just worked for them. The audience was no doubt lively and in good spirits as we celebrated together with Harvey Causon.
The band showed more togetherness as they beautifully performed ‘Frisson’ and ‘Alliance’. Causon grew more humble as the show went on, he even sung amongst the crowd at one stage. The track that got picked up by Radio 1, ‘Worn You’ stood out whilst Causon showcased new music towards the end, including the forthcoming single release ‘London Stock’ out via Henry Green’s new label on 2nd November.
Collating everything together from radio plays and tour supports to festival season and collaborative EP release, it’s been a busy 2018 for the Bristol artist/producer. With 2019 on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time before we see Harvey Causon on the main stages and radio waves across the world.