LIVE REVIEW. Otherkin at The Boileroom

Date: 23 May 2017
Venue: 
The Boileroom, Guildford
Genre: Grunge pop
Words: Steph Baker
Photography: Aaron Crawford

 

Tonight’s gig reminded me of why independent venues such as The Boileroom are so important to local communities and the music industry. Seeing live music, and having unique, memorable experiences at places like these, filled with welcoming and creative people is what it’s all about, right?

Bad Nerves

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The main support for Otherkin came on stage to a warm and building crowd. The first thing that made this East-London four-piece currently touring with Otherkin was the front-man’s pounding vocals. His voice travels up, down and all around, diversifying the band’s indie-rock tunes and bringing each one to life.

The crowd were engaged, and our night was kicked off with a frenzy of heavy riffs and catchy hooks, especially within the most recent single ‘Dreaming‘. This was one of the band’s final gigs with Otherkin, an yet you would never have known it with the amount of manic energy the guys brought to the room, the set was actually exhausting to keep up with, and that’s exactly how music like this is meant to be.

 

 

 

Otherkin

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Otherkin are a grunge-pop frenzy from Dublin who are… quite the experience. The four-man group came onstage looking rather un-disruptive but managed to turn a politely-bobbing-your-head-along kinda Tuesday night into a sweaty, bloody mess within their first track, ‘It’s Alright‘. The crowd were pulled to the front and brought up to the same level as the band while thrashing around to the infectious ‘Why Did You Treat Me So Bad‘. In today’s music scene, over-saturated with Libertines-wannabes and inauthentic boy bands, Otherkin proudly stand out by managing to genuinely connect with the audience and bring about an uproar with their ferocious hooks, passionate lyrics and attitude filled grunge riffs.

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As the country tries to digest and contemplate the truly horrific attack on a gig in Manchester, tonight’s gig is a bittersweet event. Otherkin stopped their set to express their thoughts and pay their respects, saying “Music should be a safe space for everyone” before everyone in the room took part in a minute of silence. After this emotional moment came to an end, the group summoned up all the energy they had in them with the next tune of the night, ‘Come On Hello’, something fun and positive to get everyone dancing again. Further along the night, the London boys invited everyone onto the stage, this was a moment of pure joy and madness for everyone at the Boileroom tonight, exactly what we needed. Hook-filled, manic pop tunes full of attitude and truthful tales. Otherkin are a truly class act, and a band that will inevitably continue to shake up venues across Europe this summer.

 


Listen to Otherkin’s latest Single ‘Bad Advicehere

The East-London boys are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

Baker Out

SINGLE REVIEW. HYLA – ‘Why Blame Me’

Release Date: 2nd July

Genre: Aggro-grunge

Rating:★★★★

We first encountered female-fronted South-East band HYLA at a Boileroom gig (review here) celebrating female talent within music. This band were not only the perfect band to showcase this celebration, but they continue to demonstrate the power of women within the industry, and exactly what they are capable of. Ahead of their upcoming EP, we managed to get our hands on their new single ‘Why Blame Me’ out tomorrow (2nd July 2016) and it is a good’n.

HYLA waste no time with this track, as lead guitarist Aaron Blandford storms on with the intro littered with grungy riffs. This will have your heads banging from the first chord being struck. Then enter Vicky Holburt, a powerhouse of gloomy vocals and impassioned lyrics. The verses tell the gritty tale of an unsatisfying, substandard relationship, and all the mess that comes with it; synergy between the calm vocals and Yani’s bass lines here creates a underlying level of cynical mocking to the lyrics. The chorus sees Vicky explode in a fit of rage, with inspirations from Marmozets breaking through. The vocals become increasingly untamed as the drums (curtesy of Libby Langley) take the track to a heavier level before sinking into the smugly content lyrics “I got out easy“. ‘Why Blame Me‘ takes a surprising turn during a hardcore breakdown towards the end. Here is where HYLA indulge into what they do best, creating seemingly manic but carefully constructed bursts of dark energy and grungy vibes.

This band depart from grunge, a collective genre that remains appealing while steadily becoming somewhat dull and give life to it. The amalgamation of Vicky’s feisty voice and the musicians’ uncompromising hardcore sound result in a unique creation. You would struggle to find another alternative-grunge sound that is as aggressive and authentic as HYLA’s.


Make sure to check out HYLA’s new single on their website here
You can also connect with HYLA on here

 

Baker out.

NEWS. Allusondrugs announce final headline tour via mysterious message from Allusinlove Organisation

After just coming off a co-headline tour with close buddies Fizzy Blood, the grungy shoegaze quintet are getting straight back onto the bus later this Summer, with support from alternative-indie group Massmatiks.

A spokesperson for the band released an ever-so-slightly ominous comment regarding the tour. Stating “The Allusinlove Organisation hereby wish it to be known that these engagements shall be the full and final musical undertakings of the entity known as allusondrugs. Please await further communications on this situation in the coming weeks for details of future works”. Could this really be the end of a band only just starting to peak at their potential?

Since their emergence in 2012, allusondrugs have been anything but stagnant. Between building a fan-base that followed their rising influence through support shows with Enter Shikari, Marmozets and Lonely The Brave, and creating ever-growing anticipation with every release, this band are getting bigger and bigger.

This tour is shaping up to represent a progressive move forward from their beginnings as a band. With more experimentation, unreleased material and heavy energy levels, allusondrugs – with an existing reputation for bringing it at their live shows – are perhaps (and hopefully) going to go through a name/image change rather than a breakup.

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You can buy tickets for the tour  here, and follow the band on twitter and facebook

 

 

Baker out.

LIVE REVIEW – Sophie & The Giants, Machiavellis and HYLA at The Boileroom.

Date: 30 May 2016

Venue: Boileroom, Guildford

Tonight’s gig, hosted and promoted by The Boileroom and fello blog pals thnksfrthrvw was all about showcasing female-fronted bands from a variety of musical influences and genres. With a great selection of talent, a supportive crowd and good vibes all round, tonight’s gig did exactly what it set out to do.

 

First Support – HYLA

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Image: HYLA facebook

Rating: ★★★★★

HYLA are a self-proclaimed aggro-grunge quartet who have been “smashing shit up on stage since 2015” and they are not wrong. Seconds after sneaking onto the stage, the almost silent Boileroom exploded as Libby plummeted the bass drum, with Aaron (lead guitar) and Yani (bass) accompanying with heavy grunge riffs. And then lead vocalist Vicky Holburt began to sing, everything changed. It seems this band have mastered hardcore grunge in its basic, and sometimes predictable form from day 1, and have gone onto bring something entirely new to the table in the form of impassioned lyrics and vocals. Vicky’s voice is a perfect powerhouse of darkness. She lures you in with soft but cut-throat tales of betrayal and heartbreak being glided along by Aaron’s detailed riffs before reaching whole new heights of zealous screams surrounded by energetic drum beats and resounding basslines. 

Not only do this female-fronted band play with such synergy that it is surprising they have only being going for a year, but they perform on stage as if they are playing to the sell-out crowd they deserve. As the set got more daring track-by-track, the crowd’s reaction became increasingly positive. The group (with the encouragement of guitarist Aaron) tried a hardcore rap tune that went down an absolute treat. It was the perfect demonstration of how versatile the group’s talents are, but also how stunning Vicky’s voice is, no matter what you put it to.

Check out and connect with HYLA at their official website and facebook now.

Also check out their live talents below:

 

 

Main Support – Machiavellis

Rating:★★★★☆

 

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Canterbury group, The Machiavellis are another example of how much a band can progress and impress within less than a year since. The group sauntered onto the Boileroom stage and gladly showcased their distinct musicianship with a bit of instrumental jamming to warm them up before embarking on their set. The Machiavellis’ sound is led by the almost-overwhelming talents of lead guitarist, Ruben, who throughout the set continued to embrace his daring creativity and showmanship. This is an alternative-rock/grunge band that excel in instrumental abilities as well as the knack of writing 90s hooks.

This female-fronted group are intriguing to say the least, with a clear amalgamation of musical influences including the likes of Peal Jam and Patti Smith, it is the sense of adventure and experimentation that flows through their hits that makes the band one to remember. Front-woman Megg shows off a delicate, yet impassioned voice that tell relatable tales of young love and angst, this is emphasised even more in selected tracks by the use of a duel-tone pedal which separates her voice into two distinct spheres intertwining beautifully together.

This is a band worth seeing live, even if only to see how their sound is broken down into individual inputs of the members. Up-beat drums carry the melancholic tracks, while lead guitar stammers through with intricate solos. Meanwhile, rhythm guitar and bass dictate the tone of each song, from 90s grunge to more recent indie-rock. A collection of musicians have come together to form The Machiavellis who are only going to get better and better.

Give this band a like and a follow on facebook and twitter

 

 

 

Headliners – Sophie and The Giants

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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Image: Boileroom instagram

This is a band that are so comfortable in their own skin and with each other that half of them played tonight’s gig barefoot, while the other half were sauntering around the stage as if they were casually jamming together at home. Te first noticeable aspect of this band, (similarly to the support bands) is how can such an impassioned, ardent voice boom out of something so petit? This local group are amply named, as front-woman, Sophie did in fact seem to be surrounded by giants in regards to the size comparisons on stage, but this is more then compensated for with her huge, Florence-esk soulful vocals.

 

This indie-rock quartet have mastered their distinct sound, with each member playing their part to create a tightly polished collection of future hits. Set highlights included ‘Raspberry‘ and ‘All Along Nothing‘, we even got the delight of hearing a live rendition of their latest single, Lord Knows‘ (out now) which was met with positive acclaim from the growing crowd. As the set continued, the band grew more confident and energetic; part-way through, 3/4 of the band actually exited the stage, leaving us alone with Sophie’s voice to bounce off the walls. This solo track is beautifully written, with sinister lyrics “We are all human here, does that make us twisted?” that demonstrated her independent power is only emphasised by the accompaniment of screeching guitar-riffs and powerful drum beats. As their live experience develops, this band are only going to go on the up – a perfect female-fronted indie rock gem.

Like the band on facebook, give ’em a follow on twitter

And buy their new single ‘Lord Knows‘ out now on iTunes and Apple Music

 

Baker out