The Independent London Newspaper
26th September 2018

GROOVES: Joshua Radin @ Koko

    Published: 4 October, 2012
    by ALICE HUTTON

    ONE day before Joshua Radin’s gig was due to start, Zach Braff, the American actor best known as JD in television series Scrubs, took to Twitter to plug his former college room-mate. “London friends,” he wrote, “go see Joshua Radin at Koko in Camden tomorrow night. If you bring a date, odds of getting naughty time afterwards are high.”

    True to form, the 38-year-old singer-songwriter kicked off the UK leg of his tour for new album Underwater last Wednesday in signature style – with tender 1960s throwback melodies and couples snogging in the corner suddenly overcome with passion.

    The set passed smoothly, bar the incongruous gulf between his old and new material. Radin veers on stage – occasionally frustratingly – from his old self-described “sound­track to your suicide” songs and the uplifting material from the new album, inspired by the experience of diving underwater for the first time since suffering a perforated eardrum in childhood.

    However, any problems were soon ironed out by his warm and comic stage persona and mesmerising band which prompted my dad, a veteran gig-goer since 1969 who I had perhaps mistakenly taken as my plus-one that evening, to brand him: “A classic already.”

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