Kiwi Jr @ Gullivers NQ 01/02/2020
Pic: Andi Callen Photography
Touring to promote the worldwide release of their debut LP “Football Money”, previously released in March 2019 in Canada, Kiwi Jr roll into town amid great expectation. Their brand of jangly indie guitar rock has drawn many comparisons with the likes of early Pavement, Weezer, Jonathan Richman and even our own Kaiser Chiefs. There is also a strong 60’s West Coast feel running throughout.
Tonight’s 10 song set is mostly drawn from Football Money, although perhaps surprisingly omits the title track. A trick missed perhaps in this city! Some punters may have been drawn by the presence of Alvvays Brian Murphy on bass duties but this certainly no lame side project. Ex-librarian Jeremy Gaudet has a real ear for a tune and his Rickenbacker duly obliges as he wrings its neck for another perfectly crafted 3 minutes. Looking like your physics teacher jamming with at the weekend, he manages to interweave social comment whilst retaining the ability to make you laugh out loud. A bittersweet talent many would choose to hide under more sombre settings but each song is exercised with as much melody as they can coat it with.
Even the four non-album songs slip seamlessly into the set along with Leslie, Murder In The Cathedral, Salary Man, Gimme More, Nothing Changes and Wicked Witches, which sounds like Lou Reed at his most accessible before slipping back into Stephen Malkmus.
Barely onstage for half an hour they depart with my appetite satisfied. Sometimes less is more.