Gigs on Air is coming to the end of their residency at 93 Feet East, but as one of their closing gigs at the Brick Lane venue they put on an eclectic mix of artists, the highlight of which was undoubtedly Rosie Oddie and the Odd Squad.
After a rather abysmal opener in the shape of “Wrong Animal” (who decided to berate the crowd, and show off their lead singer’s ignorance both within the 20 minutes that this Londonista saw of their set), Rosie quietly shifted onto stage at 9:45. The 22 year old shifted through her already impressive back catalogue, showing off her reputation as a Kate Nash for those a bit more left of mainstream, liking something a bit edgier.
Rosie’s famous bird watching father was absent from the proceedings, though it does look like her backing band, The Odd Squad, has had some members picked by Bill himself – a noticeable age gap between the guitarist and the rest of the band, however was clearly picked for his skills.
The crowd was an interesting mix of young and old, hip and not-so trendy, but Rosie managed to unite the audience together, even with the TV cameras in the way (the gig was being recorded, details below). The final two songs of the set got everyone dancing, losing their inhibitions very quickly in the slow-build excitement of “Cola Coka”, which even had the cameramen dancing with its infectious choruses and chatty lyrics.
Whilst her father may be more famous than her at the moment, expect in coming months the name Rosie Oddie to be garnering a lot more attention.
Photo comes from the author’s own collection. The complete video of the gig will be made available on Gigs On Air in a few days time.