Jarvis Cocker is back and kicked off his first tour in many years on Monday night (3/26) in Brighton, England at club Patterns. With a new band that includes harpist Serafina Steer, Jarvis treated the crowd to a bunch of new songs, including "Must I Evolve," "Sometimes I am a Pharaoh," "Children of the Echo," and "Elvis Has Left the Building." Here's a report from Dork:
Though much of the new material is described as “unfinished”, there’s little to distinguish it as such. No two tracks sound the same, and it’s clear that being back in a band is inspiring digressions and meanderings. ‘Elvis Has Left The Building’ is a burst of straight forward indie rock, while ‘You’re In My Arms (Disco Song)’ incorporates jazz elements into an almost Shaft-like groove. ‘Must I Evolve?’ has ambitions of distilling the entire history of evolution into a thrilling five minutes of synthrock-meets-motorik punk, Cocker singing “I’m dragging my knuckles while listening to Frankie Knuckles” – though at points it’s hard to tell (or care) whether he is making the lyrics up on the spot. Elsewhere, ‘Chilled Ibiza’ comes on like early-90’s New Order, while ‘Swanky Modes’ has a swaggering dub rhythm driving it forwards in its tale of a pre-gentrification Camden.
Jarvis also played a few from his first two albums, including "Fat Children," "Further Complications" and the ever au courant "Cunts Are Still Running the World." He even encored with a Pulp song, "His 'n' Hers." Setlist is below.
Given the "unfinished" nature of the new material, Jarvis (Jarv?) asked that no photos or videos be taken at the show, but a few people couldn't resist. A few more Instagrams are below.
Jarvis just played the second date of the tour tonight (3/27) which happened at London's MOTH club. A few photos/videos from that show are below too.
SETLIST: Jarvis Cocker @ Patterns 3/26/2018
Sometimes I Am Pharoah
Elvis Has Left The Building
You're in My Eyes (Discosong)
Must I Evolve
Children of the Echo
Am I Missing Something
Cunts Are Still Running the World
His 'n' Hers(Pulp song)