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Live Review: Alvvays at Roundhouse, London
Lydia Waller heads to the big smoke to spend an evening with indie-poppers Alvvays, and witnesses one of the best gigs of her life
As part of their rather small UK tour of their album Antisocialites, Canadian indie-pop band Alvvays visited the Camden Roundhouse on Friday 23rd February, and I’m so happy they did. Despite the evident success of their second album release, Alvvays still remain modest and tasteful in delivery; a humility that became even more apparent live.
“he Roundhouse resembles more of a theatre and arts centre yet works seamlessly as a gig venue with a perfect level of intimacy
The support band for the night was 5 piece Glaswegian ‘ramshackle’ indie pop band Spinning Coin, who proved to be a perfect accompaniment for Alvvays despite their polar opposite dynamic. It is very hard to categorise their sound under one blanket term as their whole charm stemmed from the dichotomy of their styles. Their sound was split into two dynamics, one channelling Cal on the guitar with his jarring shred, which then contrasted appetisingly with bassist and lead guitarist’s more mellifluous romantic songs. Additionally, the clarity of the female bassist’s vocals juxtaposed against lead guitarist’s intentionally strained yet cohesive voice, worked wonderfully to create this heart-warmingly characterful dynamic. Each section had a completely different motive.
“Every detail of their stage presence added to the cool and tasteful vibe of their new summery yet synthesised indie-pop
The whole unit was so tight and cohesive, smoothly sliding into different tones; a particularly favourite of mine was transitioning from the romance of ‘Forget About Life,’ the sudden depth into Kerri’s euphoric synthy bridge, and then into the sugary riffs and pacey rhythm of ‘Your Type.’ It was these perfect transitions and set list that made the whole experience so seamless, despite some technicalities with Alec’s guitars and synth. The graphics throughout, initially just looked like fluid colours to complement Antisocialites album art, (as with their dress,) but turned out to be an infrared type camera mimicking their movements. Every detail of their stage presence added to the genuinely cool and tasteful vibe of their new summery yet synthesised indie-pop.
Rankin carried the night, naturally being their front, but her confidence, warm personality and unfaltering, insanely strong vocals just made the set so captivating and seamless. She took us right back to their origins with an encore of ‘Next of Kin,’ the epitome of their dreamy 80s nostalgia. An utter delight to endure and addictive to listen to. I was left replaying the album for weeks.
Keep up with Alvvays by visiting their website.