A worthy performance for the masses – Louis Berry shows Guildford why he’s headed for bigger things.
Even from the reaction to tonight’s support act – local performer, Tom Gortler – you could sense that the respectably sized audience of the Boileroom were ready to be entertained. Gortler’s steadier, acoustic set was an amicable warm-up ahead of the main man’s set and by the time the band were kitting up, the crowd were well and truly raring to go.
The patrons erupted as Louis and his band emerged on the Boileroom’s stage and the energy level that was established as they launched into the first song of the night maintained all the way through to the end. This venue seems almost as though it was built specifically for them, covered in posters of past headline royalty – Louis must have felt right at home. The vivacity of the crowd was very much emulated by Berry and his band, they were clearly having a fantastic time. One could see how much they loved every second of their set, from 25 Reasons and .45 right through to Laurie. The tempo never ceased and the crowd were with him every step of the way.
Berry’s unique sound of bluesy rock, often compared with the likes of Johnny Cash, is proving to grow in popularity quickly. Louis himself noted that the Boileroom was likely to be, “one of the last intimate gigs for a while”. He clearly relished every moment of the intimate gig, interacting with the crowd in between tracks whilst swigging a bottle of Jack Daniels, he at one with the stage and his band. Grinning and bouncing about, it was no surprise that the crowd were so animated throughout the set. Finishing with She Wants Me, Louis left the crowd wanting more – the only downside being how quickly this show had flown by.
It is safe to say that wherever Louis Berry ends up playing next, both loyal and new fans alike are sure to snatch at tickets.