SoKo Plays First Official US Gig: Le Poisson Rouge, July 16th

Posted: January 24, 2010 in Concert Report, Sirens
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French actress turned folk singer, SoKo, packed Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday night (January 16th) in what she called her “first headlining show in the US”.  No song was longer than three minutes as she jumped from ukulele to guitar to drums to keys (and even brought a full band for some songs), and  her mood swings traveled from somber to comical.  It’s safe to say that her music and lyrics aren’t for everyone, but her two hour set was one of the most unique and raw performances ever – referencing her large journal to pull up the many songs she’s written in the past few years.  Sadly, none have ever been recorded and they may never be recorded.

Her lyrics are some of the simplest, darkest, most heart-wrenching lyrics you’ll hear packaged into a two-and-a-half minute song with little to no production.  The raspy, almost infantile voice draws you in, and SoKo’s very guarded and private life has everyone questioning who’s at fault for inspiring the anger. That question will likely never be answered, but in one of her stand outs from the show, SoKo shared a new track called “For Peter” – a song she penned while watching her good friend taking drugs numerous times.  You couldn’t hear a pin drop around the venue as she repeated the same line over and over during the chorus: “I love you too much to watch you die…I love you too much to watch you die…”

Pictures from the show below.

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