Always nice to see fellow gingers overcoming the prejudice society throws at them!
Pat Grossi‘s, project Active Child is a hard beast to categorize. His 2011 album You Are All I See is an offering that – to these ears at least – is a low key offering with as many lulls as it has highs.
His set tonight at the soon-to-be-no-more East Brunswick Club however is engaging and similarly low key. It’s a good venue for the bloodnut harpist, and he delivers his strange mix of harp and electro backing well.
The sound is full, defying the fact that there are only 3 musicians on stage, and Grossi’s choral voice is a staple. A past Philadelphia Boys’ Choir member, Grossi’s fascination is seemingly with the spiritual and cosmic. Often tonight though one can’t help but feel that it’s music to listen to whilst doing something else. The live setting doesn’t seem to add much to the experience, even though Grossi himself seems genuinely affable and happy to be playing his first headline show after the Laneway Festival slots.
Perhaps to the spiritual souls in the audience there’s uplifting moments, personally though, tonight didn’t really seem to get out of second gear. What’s not in question though is that Grossi’s musical ability and dedication to his somewhat strange craft – a harpist with the voice of a choirboy – sees him successful in a music climate that would make us predict otherwise.