Islington, 23 May 2011: The first thing to clarify here is that David’s Lyre is the musical project of multi-instrumentalist Paul Dixon; thus, he’s not called David, nor is anyone in the band called David (as far as I know). So my only expectation for this show at The Lexington – that I would be watching a bloke called David ‘do some stuff’ – was not met. Luckily, however, the music more than made up for the mysterious name-related dilemma that occurred.
Having garnered previous support from the NME, The Fly and The Guardian, David’s Lyre offer ethereal and mesmerising alternative rock tunes with an intensely otherworldly quality about them. The music itself is unique and well worth a listen, but the recordings really don’t do the live performance justice. The band’s set at The Lexington was brilliantly atmospheric and mixed a humbling kind of musical passion with an incredible, genuine talent in performance.
Of all the musical risks I’ve taken recently, going to see David’s Lyre live has certainly been the one that paid off the most. I predict big things in this band’s future.