26 June 2004
Glastonbury, New Tent
Into My Blood
Let It Fall
Review by Martin J Williams
New Tent - Saturday
Recently signed to Interscope in the States and fresh off the back of her second album The Disconnection Carina Round, is on a mission.
Shes feisty, shes focused, has a different guitar for every song and clearly is not to be messed with. Shes Polly Harveys bad ass little sis dressed in black (looking vaguely similar to the Scottish Widow perhaps); black must be the new black in the Black Country.
What the f**k did you say? she challenges a jester in the audience as she opens her set of powerfully emotive suburban blues with Shoot.
Untamed, critically acclaimed, her voice ignites on set highlight Into My Blood, I wait all my life, just for the rush, the passing of fire, into my blood. Its in her veins you know.
Elegy also delivers. A smouldering, evocative, Texan/Tarantino swagger and Let It Fall is immense, a rampage of emotion.
Her band performed admirably, all the parts are in place, great songs written, and Carina Round has without doubt a stunning, exceptional voice. I couldnt help feeling though that for all the fire in her blood something just didnt quite ignite today. (I hate saying that, Im a fan dam it). The sound really didnt do her talent justice, simply not loud enough, not as overwhelming as her overwhelming music deserves. Shame. Shes great, she knows shes great, everyone knows shes great. Shell have better days and Ill bet she wont be waiting long.Originally online at the official Glastonbury website
Review by Daisy Jones
For many acts, the chance to play at Glastonbury festival on a substantially sized stage is the move in the right direction for recognition and success. Each year, you see bands move up one more cog in the wheel of glasto, with the stage getting bigger, the audience getting bigger, and the album sales in the glasto aftermath getting bigger.
For Carina Round, this is a well-earned sign of her popularity slowly gaining interest at long last. The reward for ten years of touring seems to be a forty-five minute set on a stage that is very far from the audience and is in a dark clammy tent. However, the performance is still as electrifying as ever. Festivals have the potential to gain a huge interest and a new following of fans and everyone knows this whilst waiting for Round to start.
She graces the stage with all the beauty, confidence, and talent to knock the socks off anyone remotely near this tent on a muddy Saturday afternoon. With a bit of heckling from the crowd, she knows she's in good company and puts on as good a show as any, albeit with a few hiccups as usual on the technical side. Carina has her performance down, she knows what she's doing, and it is so frustrating seeing things go wrong during her perfect performance.
The set was the usual one for this year, but still oozing with audience anticipation of just how mad she will go in 'let it fall'. It's a great mixture of songs for potential new fans to hear, witnessing her vocal range, her potential to write and play both solemn or rocking tracks, and to witness just enough of her musical depth to leave wanting a lot more from this act.
Let's hope that anyone remotely interested in this dark midlands jewel will buy her albums and see her live when the chance comes, rather than basing all their perceptions of Round on this one performance. Let's also hope that she's made a big enough impression to play again with an even bigger crowd, much better sound and a perfect soundman!
Photos by Daisy Jones
|Photos from Glastonbury website