Pearl and the Puppets @ Tut’s 06-03-09

March 16, 2009

PEARL AND THE PUPPETS
King Tut’s, Glasgow, March 6 * * *

Much has been made of the fact Pearl – AKA Katie Sutherland – and her Puppets have signed to the same management company as Elton John, James Blunt and Lily Allen. Indeed come the summer she’ll be supporting Reg at the SECC, but whether the Glaswegian will make any dent on a mainstream already cluttered with female singer/songwriters is difficult to say especially after such a low-key, low-impact showing tonight.
Wrapped in what appeared to be a net curtain, the singer – in true pop-star-in-waiting style – arrived on stage only after her three-piece backing band had taken up their positions. Thankfully however that was the only real moment of showmanship.
Not that the music alone proved enough of an attraction to keep the near sell-out crowd focused, as a predictable battle between the chatterers and shushers spread through the venue. On her solo rendition of Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody they were at their most vocal, but even the chorus of shushes couldn’t mask what was an insipid cover, and one which at times made Sutherland’s vocal sound like Kermit the Frog impersonating Sean Connery.
With its more direct melody, Because I Do was easily Sutherland’s strongest offering, the song’s upbeat jaunty rhythm falling just the right side of twee, but overall it wasn’t enough to compensate for what was a fairly average singer/songwriter set.

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