Prior to her support slot with Joshua Raddin, we managed to entice Lissie and her band to Manchester Museum next to the Academy to perform this charged performance of her upcoming single ‘In Sleep’. In the shadows of ‘Stan’ the museums T-Rex, Lissie made this performance one to remember. I swear I even saw Stan’s tale wagging!
It would be easy to misconstrue Lissie. Slight and blonde, a pretty, guitar-playing slip-of-a-thing, you might easily take her for a sweet Midwestern girl, a freckled balladeer borne of milk and cookies and cornfields. More fool you. For all the flaxen hair and big blue eyes, this girl is smart and gutsy and tough, with a big old voice to match it: Stevie Nicks taking Neko Case by the scruff of the neck, Laurel Canyon prettiness stewed in campfire and bourbon; there is, after all, a certain vocal quality that only a decade of beer and cigarettes can bring.