Noisettes Turn Rickshaw Stop Upside Down

Noisettes came to San Francisco for a one-off show at the Rickshaw Stop to preview their new album due in September called, Wild Young Hearts. It was a great show.

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Noisettes singer Shingai Shoniwa sings while hanging from the second story balcony at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on Tuesday July 28, 2009,
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Here's a look at the Noisettes from the balcony at the beginning of the show. The people up here had no idea what was in store for them about an hour in.
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Noisettes singer Shingai Shoniwa and drummer Jamie Morrison get illuminated.
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The Noisettes recorded their first album at The Plant Recording Studios in Sausalito. They said they have a special place in their heart for San Francisco.
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Shingai Shoniwa was fun to watch as she pranced around the stage, often taking it to the people like in this shot where she is leaning into the crowd.
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Up close and personal.
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In between songs, Shoniwa said hi to the people in the back of the packed room in her thick British accent saying, "How ya doin' in back? I can't see ya, but I can smell ya!"
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The Noisettes are a three-piece, with Jamie Morrison on drums, Dan Smith on guitar, and singer Shingai Shoniwa occasionally playing bass. With the addition of two back up singers (one who plays bass on about half the songs), the show has been called "the best live band in Britain" by The Guardian.
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There were lots of people taking pictures and shooting video of the show.
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This guy stood in the front row with two cameras, one in each hand, shooting video of the entire performance. Pretty cool little two-camera shoot! I didn't get a chance to ask him if the video would be posted anywhere, but I was a little bummed watching him because I was told that I couldn't shoot video yet here's someone doing a two camera shoot right up front with no problems. I guess that's what I get for working for the Corporate Media, right?
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For the first song of the encore, Noisettes singer Shingai Shoniwa went upstairs in the back of the room and hung from on the other side of the railing, dangling above the people on the floor below.
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The people above were shocked and delighted to get this sudden front row seat.
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The mic cable would barely reach that far, so Shoniwa had to hang off the railing in order to sing the song while the people upstairs looked at each other in disbelief.
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Shingai Shoniwa singing her heart out.
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At one point, Shoniwa hung upside down by her feet, still singing.
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While hanging upside down, Shoniwa reached out and grabbed Denise D'Amico's Dos Equis beer...
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...and took a swig in-between verses. It's moments like this that keep me going to shows of bands I'd never heard of before like the Noisettes.
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Shoniwa continued on as cameras were again capturing the action.
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I get the feeling it isn't a big surprise to see Shoniwa taking risks like this at a show, which helps get the title, "best live band in Britain" by The Guardian.
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After the song was over, Shingai Shoniwa ran down the stairs and let out a shriek when she bumped into old friend Jenn Doty, a local photo stylist and MFA student at the SF Art Institute.
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Doty said she's been friends with Shoniwa for seven years, having met when Doty had "lived in London and we were very good friends."
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Doty told me that she knew Shoniwa when she and guitarist Dan Smith were in a band called Sonarfly. You can find clips of that band on youtube.
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After Shoniwa returned up front the Noisettes played one last song before heading off stage for good, a little after 10 p.m. It was nice having the option to get home early on a school night.
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Shoniwa said, "there is too much love in the air! I'm going to go back stage and explode."
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Shoniwa said the band would be back in San Francisco in November, 2009.
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Shingai Shoniwa has a beautiful voice, and is a lot of fun to watch on stage. Here she really gets down.
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The show started at about 9:15 p.m. and was over by 10:15 p.m.
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Jamie Morrison and Shingai Shoniwa rocking out.
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Gary Krieger ~ Doorman Extraordinaire, told me that he is the oldest night club doorman in San Francisco, and the longest lived, having worked since 1986 as a doorman.
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Shoniwa leans back, defying gravity (which her hair had been doing all night).
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Noisettes singer Shingai Shoniwa leans down into the audience for a photo with a fan while continuing to sing the song.
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I thought this one looked a bit like a pink flamingo.
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Drummer Jamie Morrison sits on what looks like a speaker box and plays it like an instrument for a song.
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Shoniwa sits on Morrison's knee.
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This group of 17-18 year olds drove from Santa Rosa for the show and they were very happy that it was at the Rickshaw Stop (here they all pose for a photo on a rickshaw outside the club) because it is one of only a few all-ages places to see a show in SF. Jordan Hill (back, third from left) turned this group onto the Noisettes a few months ago and they all loved the show.
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