REVIEW BY jmm PHOTOS BY Linda McDermott
Nestled in the heart of Galashiels, MacArts hosted a night of musical enchantment on October 18th, featuring the up-and-coming support act, Jeanicelee. With the venue accommodating a modest crowd of around 100 attendees in a space that can hold up to 250 to 300, Jeanicelee’s debut at MacArts was an absolute revelation.
The evening began with an air of anticipation as the audience, though not vast, was clearly eager to witness something extraordinary. From the very first notes, Jeanicelee managed to captivate their audience and transport them to a world of their own creation.
Jeanicelee’s setlist was a tapestry of emotions and artistry, leaving no room for monotony. The performance kicked off with “Overhaul,” a dynamic and energetic opening that set the stage for the evening’s sonic journey. The band then weaved their way through a selection of tracks, each with its distinct flavour. “Walk Away From Me” resonated with a sense of longing, while “From The Ashes” felt like a phoenix rising from the ashes of despair. “World Of Fallacy” was a haunting and introspective moment, beautifully crafted to stir the deepest emotions.
“Liquid Gold” and “My Heart Is Complicated” rounded off the setlist with a display of remarkable versatility. These two songs showcased the band’s ability to transition seamlessly from powerful rock melodies to tender and emotive moments. Jeanicelee’s stage presence was a testament to their remarkable talent, with each member delivering a performance that left the audience spellbound.
What truly set Jeanicelee apart was their ability to defy categorization. Their music effortlessly straddled multiple genres, making it a challenge to place them neatly into any particular box. Their sound could be described as a unique blend of modern melodic rock, infused with guitar-fueled heavy rock and metal elements, and sprinkled with a touch of progressive and symphonic influences. Jeanicelee’s performance was a testament to their commitment to pushing the boundaries of music, resulting in a captivating and original sonic experience.
The intimate setting of MacArts only amplified the emotional resonance of Jeanicelee’s music. The audience was fully immersed in the performance, as the band’s raw and unfiltered energy washed over them. Jeanicelee’s evocative melodies and powerful lyrics struck a chord with the crowd, and it was evident that they had made an indelible mark on their listeners.
In conclusion, Jeanicelee’s debut performance at MacArts was a revelation of artistry and talent. Despite the smaller audience, the band managed to create an unforgettable experience. Their eclectic setlist, which traversed various emotional landscapes, showcased their musical versatility. Jeanicelee’s distinctive style defies easy classification, making them an exciting prospect in the music scene. With their debut at MacArts, they have undoubtedly left a lasting impression, and it’s safe to say that their journey in the world of music is one worth watching closely. Jeanicelee’s performance at MacArts was not just a concert; it was a mesmerizing musical journey that left the audience craving more.