We are happy to announce the start of a series of reviews from Vienna based singer-songwriter Tall William, who will be giving his thoughts, feelings and opinions on gigs seen in Austria. Welcome to Tall Stories. SIM
The London Club on Glatzgasse was already packed by the time I arrived and I could only just make out a calm and collected Louis Romegoux standing at the bar, waiting to begin his performance.
Just one man, his guitar and his voice, Louis spent most of the evening fighting to be heard through the hum of a wholly indifferent audience. Where others may have turned away, Louis arose to the challenge. “So, it’s going to be a loud one then?” he says before bursting into opener ‘In my room’.
Louis Romegoux seemed like a man with a point to prove as he roared down the microphone, with his usually subdued performance replaced by raw frustration at the barely listening audience.
Leaving snapped guitar strings in his wake Louis plucked, popped and strummed his way through a blues-ified repertoire including re-worked covers from The Kinks ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and Miles Davis ‘Summertime’ (which enjoyed the audience clapping the rhythm throughout).
Just four songs in and Louis guitar, two strings MIA, reminds me of a boxer with missing teeth still coming back for more. A quick change of guitar, the audience mostly listening now, and the second side of Louis Romegoux relaxes back into more familiar territory. Seated and with an earnest calm in his voice ‘Fountains’ finds its right place on the lighter side of the gig and Louis closes the evening with the reminiscing ‘Into the city’. “Give my regards to the city” he croons, “give my regards to her always”.
Louis Romegoux will be playing the following concerts up until the end of the year. Find out more on his Facebook page
02.11.2013 – The Shamrock, LEIBNITZ (AT)
15.11.2013 – Herr Vincent Kaffeehaus, VILLACH (AT)
04.12.2013 – “Michaela Singt” – B72, VIENNA (AT)
19.12.2013 – Rockbar, GREINBACH BEI HARTBERG (AT)
20.12.2013 – The Early Bird, INNSBRUCK (AT)
Find out more about Tall William here