Gig Review: Halflives / Finding Kate / Elswhere – London, 9/1/2018

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After a literally string-breaking warm-up, local band Elswhere embark upon an absorbing opening set, showcasing their very own brand of alternative-rock with flares of influences as diverse as metal, pop-punk and hip-hop. Vocals range from rapping, to melodic singing, to screaming; it seems there is nothing that this band won’t turn their hand to. Many would falter under such a wide-ranging repertoire but it works for them. They even produce a cover of Post Malone’s Rockstar and manage to make it sound like a half-decent song. They set the bar high for the rest of the bands; and certainly aren’t matched in terms of unique style.

Melodic metal follow-up Finding Kate take the stage to a large crowd, and please them with a fairly energetic set full of long, drawn-out, powerful vocal notes and heavy guitar/drum mixes. Their style does seem to be quite confined within their genre and some of the songs do have the unfortunate quality of blending into each other. However, they are certainly accomplished at what they do and their set is definitely entertaining.

Headliners Halflives bring a more pop-rock feel to the night; with the calming quality of singer Linda’s voice giving it a stand-out quality which it may otherwise have lacked. They instil the most life into the room, getting the crowd to clap, sing, jump along and call for an en-core. Two cover songs – MCR’s Welcome To The Black Parade and 30STM’s The Kill – fall flat, being frankly an odd choice considering that both songs are so well-loved that any attempt to cover them would not be adequate. Overall, an enjoyable set, but definitely better when they stick to their own songs.

Elswhere: 8/10. Finding Kate: 7/10. Halflives: 7.5/10.

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