Last night Jeremy Messersmith took the stage at Berlin’s Fluxbau after Australian Berlin based band PHIA had started the night with some wonderful karimba based tunes and the best cover of the all time favorite M.I.A. “Paper Planes” song. It took him a few minutes to warm up, but after two songs the ice was broken and within minutes he won everyone over with his witty, sarcastic humor, that would be best served with a whisky sour in some dark bar somewhere in Brooklyn. With playing “Ghost” his most known song right at the beginning everyone really got into the groove and there was this rare sense of total happiness in the room, that stayed until the final song.
From there on, it was just “a walk in the park” kind of thing for everyone. If you can sense that the person on stage is enjoying himself and having fun, it’s very easy to have a good time. With great songs like “Bridges” or “You’ll Only Break His Heart” he makes music that sounds as if someone transformed the best Woody Allen film moments into an Album of heartbreaking love songs, that are true and funny, just as life is. He looks better than Buddy Holly (are those glasses actually his?), has this great Truman Capotish kind of saracastic humor you would love to have at any dinner party and the ability to sing songs, that feel just as hurtful-happy and real as life sometimes is.
His songwriting sometimes reminded me of Belle and Sebastians way of combining sarcasm and life-love in one song. Especially in the very simple “Someday, Someone” from his just released Album 'Heart Murmus'. He addressed this song as the "after dinner mint" kind of tune, that closes the heavy album in a sweet way. It was written after stumbling across some self-encouragement poster on reddit, being stoned in the middle of the night.
"Someday, someone will love the fuck out of you,
Love your crazy point of view,
Love you when you're feeling blue;
They'll love everything you do,
Someday, someone will love the fuck out of you;
I will if you want me to."
In this song the essence of his songwriting and entertainment talent becomes obvious. There is always a funny, ironic side in each song, but if you dare to listen, you will find a deeper well hidden truth. The one you’re only likely to admit to your best friend when you’re both totally drunk sitting in some berlin photo booth: we all want somebody to love - and Jeremy Messersmith knows that.