Seen Live: Brooke Fraser

The last time my little brother was in New Zealand, well over a year ago, he tweeted a link to a music video of a local singer-songwriter I never heard of:

Brooke Fraser — Something in the Water

Fast forward to sometime last year, when I saw that she was coming to Amsterdam for a show. So I mailed my brother, asking him if he’d like to go. He did but couldn’t, on account of being in a airplane. So in the end, I went alone, and had quite a bit of fun. Also, I managed to get him a signed CD for his birthday.

About a month or two ago, I noticed Brooke Fraser was coming to Amsterdam again. So I mailed my brother, he could make it (yeah, well, almost he didn’t, but that’s another story altogether), I arranged two tickets, and we went. That was yesterday.

Because of that entirely different story, we missed the Rachel Louise, support act. I’ve seen her before, and I couldn’t really care.

Compared to last year’s show, it was quite different. To me it seemed that the previous show took a more poppy approach to the music, while this time it was more singer/songwritery. Which suited me fine. The band was just a drummer, a guitarist and a another one who also played keys. Brooke Fraser was clearly enjoying herself, talking at length in between the songs and sharing too much information. The crowd was quite quiet throughout the show—even during a cover of White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army”—but warmed up a bit towards the end. All in all, great show, good times.

Seen live
Brooke Fraser at Melkweg, Amsterdam, on April 23, 2012
Sailboats / Coachella / Betty / Seven Nation Army (White Stripes cover) / Seeds / Flags / Albertine / Crows + Locusts / Who Are We Fooling / Jack Kerouac / Sea Lion Woman (Feist cover) / Something in the Water // Orphans, Kingdoms / Here’s to You / Arithmetic