Otherkin / Kashmere - Deaf Institute 22/10/17

Fresh from a support tour with the dreamy INHEAVEN, Dublin’s ‘grunge pop’ four piece Otherkin began their debut album tour at Manchester’s delightful Deaf Institute on Sunday night. The recently released OK saw the four and their infectious energy battle that boring guy we all love to hate, Ed Sheeran for the top spot in the Irish charts, and after watching them do their thing I think I can safely say that Ed would be a firm loser in a battle based on anything other than sales.

(Photo - Olivia Williams)

The evening’s support slot was filled by Manchester favourites, Kashmere. Packing out the room early in the evening in true Kashmere style, the four piece wasted no time in proving themselves tighter than ever. Playing a solid set containing a mix of potential indie anthems and more melancholic tracks than we usually hear from the Stockport lads, it’s easy to see how much potential they have. Joey Newey’s frontman stage presence grows each and every time I see Kashmere, adding the perfecting touch to what is always an enjoyable and exciting performance from one of Manchester’s very best unsigned bands.

(Photo - Olivia Williams)

As expected, Otherkin brought probably the most energy I’ve seen from a band in a long time. Taking to the stage to the sound of an air raid siren, it didn’t take long to get the feeling I was watching something a little bit special.

Kicking off with lead album track Treat Me So Bad, Otherkin’s live show is non stop rock n roll swagger. Frontman Luke Reilly has a no fucks given attitude which perfectly compliments the thrashy, fun sound which Otherkin do so well. If you take your eye off him for a moment, he’ll be halfway across the room when you look back; strolling across the bar counter and starting his own mosh pits, he’s one of those effortlessly cool frontmen who just ooze rock n roll quality.

(Photo - Olivia Williams)

Continuing through the set with stories of Dublin’s random drug dealers, soaring riffs and that infectious energy simply growing more and more, Otherkin would have easily deserved a sold out crowd. There was not a single weak spot to be found amongst their entire set, they simply owned the stage and gave what was easily one of my favourite performances of 2017. I left Deaf Institute with a need to add the entirety of OK to my playlists and already anticipating a chance to catch Otherkin live again.

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