Hobo Johnson & The LoveMakers // Photoset

22nd January | O2 Academy

If joy is an act of resistance, then making music is undoubtedly an act of love. It doesn’t have to be love that’s fleshly, x-rated, oppressive or remotely inappropriate. It can just be as welcome, as friendly and as lovely as a Hobo Johnson & The LoveMakers gig. Hobo Johnson seems to embody joy and love. Catch him live, or in any promo shot, and you can see his love of colourful shirts and his infectious smile. Watch him perform and you’ll be won over quickly by his overwhelming love of what he’s doing.

Young Mr Johnson (Frank Lopes Jr) was an energetic presence at the O2 Academy on Tuesday night, not only with his rapid speak/sing/rap delivery, but his seemingly-boundless on-stage energy. His voice was crisp, clear and powerful, conveying genuine poetry to highly receptive ears. Some of the love that Johnson alludes to can be difficult and emotive, but that was another quality that took the band from a backyard video for ‘Peach Scone’ to a viral hit, through a Tiny Desk session for NPR and onto an album and sold-out venues in quick succession.

The O2 Academy crowd genuinely reciprocated Hobo Johnson’s love, especially during ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Mom and Dad’. This Hobo clearly has a home in Bristol whenever he wants to return.

See the official video for ‘Peach Scone’ here:

And the original homemade one for good measure: