LIVE: Knifeworld – London Bush Hall, 12/05/2016
In support of their new album Bottled Out Of Eden, Knifeworld recently played a few dates around the UK, where I was able to get to both and see first-hand how the new album tracks translate into a live environment.
The supports tonight, The Cesarians, are always an entertaining prospect live, and this night was no exception. The addition of a saxophonist to the line-up added another element to their already rich ‘wrong-rock’ sound. Frontman Charlie Finke is a live-wire – one minute crooning, the next throwing himself around the stage. With a varied set list including tracks like She Said, Odd-Pop and the fantastic Blonde, they certainly made a number of new fans off the back of this set.
Next up, the main event – the eight-headed psychedelic behemoth that is Knifeworld. Playing to packed crowds in both London and the Brighton date I caught last night, they proceeded to blast through tracks from the new album, with a few old favourites thrown in for good measure.
Right from the off with set (and album) opener High/Aflame it’s clear the band are on top form. Frontman Kavus is his usual energetic self, and is resplendent in a white suit – a stylistic decision he later informs me wasn’t discussed with the rest of the band, so their looks of surprise were quite genuine. Knifeworld are briefly joined on stage by album producer Bob Drake for backing vocal duties, and of course he’s wearing a bear costume complete with movable jaw. All of this combined with the frankly spectacular psychedelic light show makes for one hell of an experience, and this is only the first song!
The Germ Inside complete with tambourine throwing ending is next, before I Am Lost leads into the opening track from 2014’s The Unravelling, I Can Teach You How To Lose A Fight. By this point the entire band have really hit their stride, and clearly love playing in the beautiful surroundings of Bush Hall. The lavish décor seems to perfectly suit such expansive, ethereal, kaleidoscopic music.
Other highlights from a cracking performance include the slightly unhinged I Must Set Fire To Your Portrait and acoustic numbers Foul Temple and Secret Words. It seems all too soon we’re being treated to the encore. There’s a bit of audience participation here, as we’re offered the chance to vote between The Wretched Fathoms, In A Foreign Way and The Prime Of Our Decline. The latter wins and is diligently played, much to the delight of an enthusiastic crowd, before Me To The Future Of You ends proceedings on yet another high.
A top show, which was also being filmed – I for one cannot wait to see the footage, as this was an exceptional performance.