The fact that Georgia started her musical career as a drummer was evident from the moment she walked out at Mama Roux’s in the heart of Digbeth. After being well supported by Poté, the stage was set for the 30-year-old Londoner to perform, with her half electric, half acoustic drum kit illuminated by a fluorescent hexagon.
Georgia opened with ’24 Hours’, one of the hits from her 2020 album ‘Started Out’. The album is hard to categorise, with tracks like ‘Never Let You Go’ having an electro-pop feel, whilst others such as ‘Ray Gun’ have more of an RnB vibe. Despite the variety in the album and the set, Georgia created a real party atmosphere inside Mama Roux’s, with the crowd feeding off the energy emanating from her singing and equally impressive drumming.
Those drumming roots made for a fantastic performance where it was impossible to stand still; each track (bar ‘Honey Dripping Sky’) had an underlying drum and bass element, often coupled with healthy amounts of synth. The ever-changing lighting also added to the atmosphere and never drew attention away from Georgia herself, instead further highlighting her solo presence on stage.
As her set reached its climax, Georgia seamlessly transitioned from ‘The Thrill’ to ‘About Work The Dancefloor’ via a well-executed drum solo. She then closed with ‘Started Out’, her most popular track, and left the Mama Roux’s crowd baying for more after such a strong finish. The anticipant congregation were not disappointed, as she duly came back out for a two-song encore. ‘Ultimate Sailor’ was the penultimate track, before Georgia finished with a masterful and slightly modernised cover of Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’.
It was an excellent way to close out a thoroughly enjoyable set, that certainly left me wanting more (as a gig should do). Georgia appears to be an upward trajectory, and it would not be a surprise to see her in a bigger venue next time she plays in Birmingham.
By Luke Bosher