By Norm de Veyra //
Bernhoft and The Shudderbugs got a near-capacity crowd at The Chapel moving to frontman Jarle Bernhoft’s repertoire of disco-tinged neo-soul last Friday.
The Norwegian singer-songwriter and his band started off their set in blazing fashion with performances of “Stop, Shut Up” and “Writings on the Wall”, two up-tempo tracks from the group’s latest EP Stop/Shut Up/Shout It Out that signaled a full-on dance party was about to take place.
It was a party that continued into the weekend as Bernhoft revisited his older songs “Come Around”, “Everything Will Be Alright” and “One Way Track” to the audience’s delight.
Yet, the night’s best moments came toward the end of the show as Bernhoft slowed things down for “Space in my Heart” and “Falter”, two ballads that brilliantly showed off the Oslo resident’s emotive and textured croon.
Of course, the show couldn’t end on such melancholy terms. Instead, Bernhoft and his four bandmates closed out the night by busting out a rocking rendition of “C’mon Talk”, which brought back the same funky groove that kicked off the evening.
Shout out, as well, to Nashville-based artist Jonny P, who opened up the show with his lovely and soulful tunes.