In the underground chambers of the Northern Quarter, Kate Boy and Joywave played Manchester like an oncoming storm: you didn’t know what was about to hit until you were in the middle of it. Thanks to the smaller, more intimate and private surroundings of the Soup Kitchen- the evening was set up to be an almost secretive observing of watching the storm, in the best way possible.
The basement slowly ebbed and flowed with people as Joywave began to play. Front man Daniel Armbruster cracked jokes endearing the band to the crowd, their music sounding a bit like Passion Pit with out the candy floss, complete with abundance of electro-pop inflections. They got the audience ready and limber for the main act.
As the lights came down for Stockholm's Kate Boy, the crowd surged towards the stage. Dressed in grey camouflage anoraks, the band stirred the crowd into a frenzy, playing hits such as ‘Northern Lights’ and ‘The Way We Are’ along with tracks that hopefully will come out as part of the full length such as ‘Higher’ and ‘Adrenaline’. As the set continued the band’s vision of a good show became clear. The mix of tribal and synthetic sounds was so refreshing and invigorating to hear live that listening to their tracks in the comfort of my own home may never be enough anymore.
Kate Boy are one of those bands that, have tailored their vision in to a remarkable live show. At times it did swerve into something more like performance art, but it never lost energy and never became anything less wonderful. The storm hit and when it was gone I wanted to relive it over and over again.
Words: Sojourner McKenzie