Nilsson-esque pop 

Show Review

Sondre Lerche
Monday, Nov. 8

Norwegian-born Sondre Lerche was a headlining act at Birdy’s last week, playing to a somewhat small, but extremely appreciative crowd. The set included songs off both his albums, Faces Down and Two Way Monologue, and was performed for the most part as a solo performance — just a man and his guitar.

Lerche talked back and forth with the audience a great deal, teased girls for screaming and giggling in his presence and urged them to come forward toward the stage, close their eyes and sing along.

At one point, Lerche noticed a television hanging over the bar, displaying the Colts game, and said, “You see, if I get bored singing the same songs over and over, at least I can always watch the television.” He then bemoaned the fact that nothing was on that he really wanted to watch, which elicited even more giggles from girls standing in the front.

Combined with his teasing and flirting, Lerche put on an excellent show, his voice marvelous, his lyrics dealing with love lost, love found — typical fare from a 21-year-old young man. Lerche strummed through several songs from Faces Down, beginning with “Dead Passengers,” which, he explained, was originally to be the title of the album. Wide-eyed young women stood in awe of him, hanging onto his every word, thrilled to be learning more trivia about their hero. Watching grown women swoon and act silly made the trip to Birdy’s well worth it. It was comical.

For the last few songs, Lerche’s opening act, The Gold Republic, joined him on stage, and created an exciting, high energy ending for the show, adding solid instrumentation and back-up vocals. Hailing from Kansas City, The Golden Republic added an Americana-rock kick to the set, and helped Lerche, who could easily remind one of Harry Nilsson, circa The Point, end on a high note before packing it in for the night.

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