British trio, Remember Monday launched their catchy debut single on Friday, Drive, and headed to The Troubadour in South West London to celebrate with a launch night for the track. The intimate event was put on with the support of UK country music app Country Line.
A venue that is notorious for unearthing some of the world's biggest names in music, including Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, looks fairly inconspicuous from the outside and could be mistaken for any other coffee shop and bar in the West Brompton area. As you head through a narrow corridor, being watched by photos of previous superstar headliners, and down a staircase you open the door to be greeted by the intimate venue.
Before Remember Monday took to the stage they had invited fellow UK artists Jess Thristan and Tally Spear along to open up for them, which gave the night an added bonus and like many of the more intimate gigs lately, a chance for up and coming UK artists to play in front of a packed venue.
With the annual Country Music Week starting tomorrow with the CMA Songwriters Series in London, the genre is hot on the lips of many fans and a full house headed to The Troubadour for this one. Many fans may be new to Remember Monday, or know them as their previous name Houston.
Despite previously releasing a three track EP (Manuscripts) in March of this year, Drive, which we have featured in our New Music Playlist this week, is the first release since the all female trios rebranding and looks set to be the first of many. With fans, close friends and family in the packed crowd, the girls - Holly, Charlotte and Lauren - performed a set of originals tracks from their Manuscripts EP and some new songs too. As the temperature soared underground, the girls braved the heat on stage to also delve into the country music archives to perform a few cover tracks too - including Tom Petty's Free Falling and Dixie Chicks’ Cowboy Take Me Away.
As the night drew to a close it was time to perform the song that everyone had come out for, Drive. With some already knowing the words, the song which has been climbing the iTunes country chart over the weekend (at number 5 at the time of writing) is sure to be a fan favourite for many years to come. The track tells the story of turning a bad day around by jumping in the car, rolling the windows down while your blast out your favourite song on the radio - “put the Dixie Chicks on and drive.”
Tonight was the first time I had seen Remember Monday perform live and based on this performance there is no reason that the success of their debut single won’t be the first of many. The trio are all talented singers and are all very natural on stage presence to add to their effortless harmonies. They are certainly a name to keep an eye on over the coming months and hopefully a new EP and full length album will be available for fans in no time (and put a stamp on the iTunes chart the same way Drive has).
Thank you to Remember Monday and Country Line for inviting Country in the UK along to your special night.
True country music is honesty, sincerity, and real life to the hilt. Garth Brooks