Micah P. Hinson
Queen Elizabeth Hall
It’s what everyone says about him, but it’s true: Micah P Hinson is an unlikely country folk singer. Formerly a skateboarding nerd/prescription drug addict, he still (6 albums later) looks like a twitchy guy who works in a record shop. His voice is a booming, rasping and melancholic phenomena that makes Susan Boyle’s mismatch look/sound as desperately uninteresting as it really is. Tonight he plays with The Pioneer Saboteurs, who backed him on his latest LP. They’re a string quartet and, though I’d got the impression that there’d be a full orchestra, they conjured something symphonic, just the four of them.
The Texan’s delay settings enable a complimentary wailing string sound and though the feedback and field recordings that put an avant-garde spin on his records are absent, the songs are good enough to stand up on their own. His wife (who he famously proposed to at a Union Chapel show) appears June Carter-style to sing for two songs – one an up-tempo version of fan favourite ‘Beneath the Rose’. It would’ve all been sickeningly retro and twee if this musician wasn’t so likeable and brilliant.
By Edgar Smith
Originally published in issue 23 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. November 2010