Live Review: President Street, The Bedford, Balham, 26/11/19

Making their triumphant return to the UK this week, Australia’s President Street put on a stunner of a show at London's The Bedford this week, the first of three London dates on the band's current UK tour. 


Stylistically ellusive from day one, there is good reason critics and music enthusiasts alike can’t quite box the sound of President Street into any one genre, tentatively labelling the bands sound as pop-fusion. 


Bringing their diverse sound to the small, cosy and Christmas ready room of The Bedford, Balham, President Street kickstart their acoustic set with song ‘Forward Stride’. Filled with the uplifting tone of singer Ruby’s vocals, they stand out like a shining ray of light amongst the otherwise stripped-back nature of such acoustic instrumentals including the guitar played to perfection by Pete. 


Next track ‘For J’ unlike the setlist opener, takes a more poignant approach to proceedings. Dedicating the tune to a friend who refuses to put themselves first, despite going through hidden hardships, the tunes narrative felt like it touched every single individual present in the venue. Ultimately a moving and emotional moment captured so effortlessly by the band. 


Picking back up the pace, the three remaining setlist additions ‘Something To Believe’, ‘I Found Me’ and ‘Yeah I Know’ turn up the catchy hooks and infectious instrumentals, not yet witnesses throughout the gigs succinct five-song set.  


Putting on an acoustic set, all-encompassing of the groups unidentifiable sound, President Street live are a talented act by all accounts.

Written by Penelope Parker

Penelope Parker



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