Before Tobias Jesso Jr took to the stage, there was your usual smattering of conversation between and betwixt the audience - that 'he's a new artist, someone's told us to be here, we'll go along but it might be shit' sort of audience.
All change. As he walked on and sat behind a grand piano that, through his height, he honestly made look like a toy, Jesso Jr. began with "Bad Words" - one of seven tracks from new album Goon he would play - and you could hear a pin drop in the room.
"Hollywood", ('not a happy song, Lord knows I'm full of those') was equal parts morose and beautiful, with Jesso Jr. singing the trumpet solo himself - an impressive feat to say the least. Considering his subject matter (failure, break-ups, general sad bastardry), he's got a wicked sense of humour.
Each track - even covers of Big Star's "Thirteen" and the jazz / soul standard "Georgia on my Mind" - was met with an enormous eruption of appreciation and applause from the 200 or so people in the Studio of the Courtyard Theatre. The crowning moment came with last track "How Could You Babe". Honestly stating that he 'cares very little' for encores, he encouraged the audience to sing along...and how. Belting the four words back at him, we were greeted with some quite open surprise.
Basically, Tobias shouted, 'Holy fuck!' at us. And that, dear readers, was the end of that.