Otherkin @ Studio 2
Having toured almost non-stop since the end of September, it has been a whirlwind few months for Irish band Otherkin. After playing shows all over Europe including Copenhagen, Milan, Budapest, and Paris, and only 2 months after their electric set at Buyers Club supporting Inheaven, the boys were back in Liverpool– this time to take on Studio 2 in their own headline show.
Still riding the wave of their debut album, OK, which was released at the end of September, the group opened with one of their most well known songs, the dynamic Bad Advice, showing they were at Studio 2 to make an impact and give the room the time of their life. Even though the main space of the venue wasn’t at its fullest, which was slightly disheartening given the great talent of the band, Otherkin powered on without a care, becoming fully engrossed in the songs they were playing and performing them with skill and vigour. Opening album track, Treat Me So Bad, was a solid example of the band’s capability, with the song building up throughout, before erupting in electric and memorable guitar riffs. Lively frontman, Luke Reilly performed as if in his own bubble of music, occasionally raring on the crowd and coaxing them further towards the stage. It may have only been a 8 months since I last saw Otherkin, but it was clear that even in that time they have grown as both performers and artists.
Taking on a similar style to bands such as VANT, Pretty Vicious, and also The Amazons who they’re set to support in the new year, Otherkin bring forward a new meaning to the genre of garage punk. As their set went on, they continued to display just how good their debut album is, and how well its transfers into their live performance. Heavier song Enabler followed by the more punk-y React both went down well, however; Razorhead, a song about Dublin, was one of my favourites of the night just because of the passion and fire within the performance. Keeping a constant and consistent energy going throughout, Otherkin confirm themselves as a spirited and enthusiastic band. Older tracks AY AY and Love’s a Liability seemed more slick and perfected than their early recordings, with the addictive Yeah, I Know being performed with so much zeal it was difficult to believe why the group hadn’t had a larger turnout.
All in all, Otherkin set cemented their place as one of my favourite live acts to date, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them on festival line ups any time soon.
You can listen to Otherkin’s debut album OK here