• Thu 26/04

    laatste tickets

    WARHAUS + AUDRI

    Cd-voorstelling 'Warhaus'
    soloproject van Maarten Devoldere

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Fri 27/04

    gratis

    THE GLÜCKS + VAGINA’S WHAT ELSE?! + MOSTLY WHITES + BRLRS

    LOKALE HELDEN
    Rock n Roll, Punk, Garage

    Elysée - Oostende

  • Sat 05/05

    tickets

    METZ (can) + LA JUNGLE + MOANING (us) + TEEN CREEPS + BUDGET TRASH

    Grunge, Noise, Lo-fi, Punk
    Voor fans van Nirvana & Mclusky

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Sat 12/05

    tickets

    WEEDEATER (us) + GROTTO + OBEY THE RIFF.

    Stoner / Sludgemetal
    Exclusieve show!

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Sat 19/05

    tickets

    LEVITATION ROOM (us) + ALPHA WHALE

    psych/garage

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Thu 24/05

    tickets

    SEAN KOCH (sa) + SEAGULLS

    Surf / singer-songwriter

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Fri 25/05

    tickets

    BODEGA (us) + THE BAUDELAIRES (au)

    New York Art Rockers
    Voor fans van Parquet Courts, The Fall, Wire

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Sat 26/05

    tickets

    VERSE VIS 2018

    'De Zwaarste Editie'
    Concours voor hardere bands
    Metal, punk, Stoner, Hardcore, ...

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Tue 29/05

    tickets

    THE BUTTERTONES (us) + support

    Doo wop, surf, garage
    Voor fans van The Growlers & The Cramps

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Sun 03/06

    tickets

    LONESOME SHACK (us) + support

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Wed 06/06

    tickets

    THE MARCUS KING BAND (us)

    Soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock

    ZAAL DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Sun 24/06

    tickets

    DEAP VALLY (us)

    bluesrock, garage, rock 'n' roll

    CAFÉ DE ZWERVER - LEFFINGE

  • Fri 14/09

    tickets

    LEFFINGELEUREN 2018

    DRIEDAAGS MUZIEKFESTIVAL

    LEFFINGE

  • Sat 15/09

    tickets

    LEFFINGELEUREN 2018

    DRIEDAAGS MUZIEKFESTIVAL

    LEFFINGE

  • Sun 16/09

    tickets

    LEFFINGELEUREN 2018

    DRIEDAAGS MUZIEKFESTIVAL

    LEFFINGE

****1/2 voor Stu Larsen

18/10/2014

****1/2 voor Stu Larsen

Bij Renowned voor sound zijn ze, terecht super lovend over 'VAGABOND', de eerste plaat van STU LARSEN!

Vagabond is an apt title for Stu Larsen’s new album.  He’s one of those types who flits from place to place and from city to city all around the world, meeting old acquaintances and making new friends, and sleeps wherever anyone can put him up for a night or two.  Luckily for him there has been a recent surge in popularity for the solo acoustic folky type sound so he’s probably also got a few bob to support this travelling lifestyle, and with best mate and high profile singer Mike Rosenberg from Passenger on producing duties, the record is all geared up to be something special.

Stu Larsen - VagabondStu’s attitude throughout Vagabond is one of ambivalence. He can’t seem to decide whether he wants the freedom of the world or to settle down with the love of a good partner.  It’s a quandary many of us face in our lives, and this provides ample, if somewhat unoriginal material to craft songs with. Fortunately for us, because Stu is so clever with his wordplay and dragging out a melody, he finds new ground where others would fall into unoriginality.

San Francisco is a gentle lullaby of an opener, soothing you into the record with more than a gentle nod to The Littlest Hobo theme music  (for those of you who don’t know this, have a quick tap on youtube as its one of those songs that you probably would have heard without knowing the name).  King Street kicks up the levels on social commentary lyrics, and gently builds up to a strong ending – if you can imagine Razorlight but as a folk band, this is what you have here.

Pocket Full of Change features a nice change of pace half way through, and Stu really shows off his talent for lyrics of general chatter that are on fine form at addictively stating the ordinary: I’m sitting in a cafe in Bruges and the coffee here is average, I’m just paying for the view”.  In the same kind of vein is Some Kind of Gypsy, and being one of the strongest songs on the album, it really brings out the singers struggles with which direction in life to choose.  This even comes through in the vocals, where he cleverly stacks lyrics on top of each other to show his frame of mind and the torture of choosing a path in life.

The album is beautifully set out and the gentle pace is kept interesting by the use of Larsen’s finest lyrics to date.  It’s fair to say the singer’s many travels and ample time to think and dream has really paid off. Larsen pimps out his tortured soul to the listener, which also then projects this feeling of ambivalence over to the them – by that I mean whether or not they want Stu to stay in his confused state of mind to create more great music, or choose a path and maybe lose his magic touch forever. For purely selfish reasons, please stay confused Stu.

4.5 / 5 stars