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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:22 am 

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Chain Of Keys
The Ministry Of Defence
The Community Of Hope
The Orange Monkey
A Line In The Sand
Let England Shake
The Words That Maketh Murder
The Glorious Land
Written On The Forehead
To Talk To You
Dollar, Dollar
The Devil
The Wheel
The Ministry Of Social Affairs
50ft Queenie
Down By The Water
To Bring You My Love
River Anacostia

Highway 61 Revisited
is This Desire?

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PJ Harvey has us all marching to her irresistible beat

Steve Moffatt, NewsLocal
January 24, 2017 1:02pm

IT was clear that we were in for an arresting night from the entrance of PJ Harvey’s band marching on stage with four snare drums to the irresistible beat of Chain of Keys from her Grammy-nominated latest album The Hope VI Demolition Project.

With the 10 musicians all dressed in black and lit by brilliant spotlights with a silver backdrop, this was going to be a show in primal colours dealing with confronting subjects unflinchingly, often delivered with an ironic sweetness but always with Harvey’s eye to the truth.

The new album, which made up nine of the 19-song setlist, was made after Harvey spent time travelling to Kosovo — the inspiration for the pivotal track The Wheel — and to Washington DC to visit the Hope VI Demolition Project where run-down housing areas have been demolished and replaced by homes which the original inhabitants cannot afford.

Like her last album, Let England Shake, which was featured on her 2012 tour here, her new material deals with the big political and social issues — America’s poverty gap (The Ministry of Social Services), the war on terrorism (The Ministry of Defence) and pollution (River Anacostia).

Listening to it through headphones is impressive enough, but live the visceral rhythms, wailing saxophones and Harvey’s distinctive soprano voice over an all-male chorus echoing in unison or harmonising are incredibly powerful.

Visually Harvey prefers a choreographed “tableau” approach where the stage lighting pinpoints each song and then cuts to semi-darkness while the band rearranges itself with slick precision.

The two drummers, often augmented by Harvey’s long-time musical associate John Parish, and some extraordinarily deft multi-instrumentalists including former Bad Seed Mick Harvey, sometimes threatened to rearrange the listener’s ear wax, resembling an industrial rock symphony orchestra.

Alongside the powerful messages of The Hope VI Demolition Project Harvey interspersed the set with some of her best songs from the pre-Brexit indictment of her homeland, Let England Shake, including The Glorious Land, the eloquent and deeply felt condemnation of Britain and America’s involvement in Afghanistan with refrain “What is the glorious fruit of our land? Its fruit is deformed children”.

And for the fans who have been following her for nearly a quarter of a century and collecting her albums there were some golden oldies, including 50ft Queenie and Is This Desire and, for one of her encores, a blistering cover of Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited.

The scene for the 90-minute show had been set by the return of two musicians who were a minor sensation at the 2015 Sydney Festival, drummer Jim White (Dirty Three) and Cretan lute player and singer George Xylouris.

This was an unlikely pairing of instruments but it worked wonderfully (so much so that their first album together Goats took out a Billboard’s World Music award).

It’s a mixture of jazz, Cretan folk and dance tunes and all with a nice post-punk feel.

The perfect curtain-raiser to the magnificent and compelling PJ Harvey.

● CONCERT: PJ Harvey

● WHERE: ICC Theatre, Darling Harbour

● WHEN: Sunday, January 22.

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PJ Harvey and her nine-piece band lead an evocative performance for Sydney Festival

The irony of gentrification was exposed and wryly chastised on last year’s Grammy-nominated instant-classic The Hope Six Demolition Project, the ninth studio album from the inimitable PJ Harvey and the reason for her current Australian tour. The 11-track project was, and is, a poetic flare straight to the core of misguided bureaucracy, drawing the ire of politicians and inspiring fans, both those were already incensed and those who may have been sitting on their hands.

This was no surprise of course; through her prolific career Polly Jean Harvey has always been an unwavering and fierce force in rock music, a sharp and witty songwriter who has sparked movements, started careers and, above all else, been one of the most consistent and thoughtful musicians of our time – whether she’s tackling herself or issues much larger than any one person.

Witnessing her live was not only a sharp reminder of this undeniable talent – especially when backed by a nine-deep bevy of individually accomplished musicians – but a generous surge to anyone who may have forgotten just how powerful and important live music can be.

Taking to the lofty new stage at ICC Sydney Theatre, Harvey began as the middle in a snaking procession that saw the entire band filter out from backstage. Faint religious chanting threaded into military style drumming as the marching band took position. Harvey stuck out with a golden saxophone in hand, wielded as it were a weapon that would come into play shortly after she stamped her intentions onto the crowd with “Chain of Keys”, a meticulous opener that highlighted just how tight this band has become.

The ever-loyal John Parish stood close to Harvey, as did Bad Seed Mick Harvey, Italian guitarist Alessandro Stefano and several others from the supergroup, often shaping into a male choir to smooth down the rough edges of these songs while Harvey took on a great deal of forms and vocal styles to best translate them for the set. She was at times calm and composed, at others frenzied and commanding, though always mesmerising in the way she would gesticulate each lyric with palpable conviction.

Whether it were the pop sensibility of “The Community of Hope”, sarcastically crafting an upbeat melody around gritty lyrics of postured chaos, or the unstoppable fury of “The Words that Maketh Murder”, Harvey led her all-male band through a set that was both graceful and defiant. A thick slab of brutal architecture loomed behind the band so that we wouldn’t lose sight of where the majority of these songs were aimed.

Squeaky fan favourite “Let England Shake” was a stunning highlight, but the building intensity of PJ’s most recent material would go on to steal the show, reaching it’s peak both sonically and thematically with “The Wheel”. Was it too stark? Perhaps in content, but rarely in tone. Even as PJ slipped into the 90s with the rambunctious “50ft Queenie” and the sinister “Down by the Water”, there was still that charming soulful tinge to her vocals that was like a flame unmoved by the gale of instruments blaring around it. Though it was at this point where the only disappointment would lie, the unnerving atmosphere of “Down by the Water” flattened as the song’s demonic riff was muted, leaving the drama towards the end as a frantic violin scored Harvey’s famous “little fish, big fish” refrain.

The deconstructed blues of “To Bring You My Love” proved to be the most valuable of the older cuts, stripped and laid bare for Harvey to really let that voice soar, launching off that simple riff and really testing the venue’s solid acoustics. Having this soulful number towards the end seemed intentional as well, as Harvey moved towards the soothing idyllic sound of “River Anacostia”, a song which would bring back the importance of the band’s choir whom gently brought things to a close before the inevitable two-song encore.

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The recording has this setlist:
01 Chain Of Keys
02 The Ministry Of Defence
03 The Community Of Hope
04 The Orange Monkey
05 A Line In The Sand
06 Let England Shake
07 The Words That Maketh Murder
08 The Glorious Land
09 Medicinals
10 When Under Ether'
11 Dollar, Dollar
12 The Devil
13 The Wheel
14 The Ministry Of Social Affairs
15 50ft Queenie
16 Down By The Water
17 Band Intros
18 To Bring You My Love
19 River Anacostia
20 Encore Break
21 Highway 61 Revisited (Bob Dylan cover)
22 Is This Desire

Click to see the PJ Harvey Gigography

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