[LIVE REVIEW] CAVALIERS / XOCKHA / LUCKY SHIVERS @ THE VICTORIA, LONDON – 11/10/2016

The group Cavaliers are a vibrant young band consisting of five members. They are based in Winchester/Brighton, producing music within the alternative rock/indie genre. These rockers have an impressive energetic music vibe, which seemed to get the audience awake when they opened the set. The song that stood out the most was If I Had 50p For Every Time You Stabbed Me in the Back I’d Be Looking At, At Least £8.60. The heavily guitar driven song slowly encouraged the crowd to dance alongside the bassist’s prominent riffs.

Their latest single Kelso vs The Moon Landing carries memorable melodic lines, although their enthusiasm at times felt staged with the vocalist being overly entertaining. The act in general seemed to be very confident, however slightly disorganised- using their phone as a regular prompt. I honestly appreciate their attempt to engage everyone, especially when they covered Closer by The Chainsmokers. I found that I liked the face-paced tunes created by this band, as they sometimes sounded similar to Two Door Cinema Club. But, overall I felt that they targeted a different audience than myself. (LM)

Proving that multi-coloured sand sculptures and prehistoric fossils aren’t the most exciting thing to come from the Isle of Wight, four piece Xockha could have (and perhaps should have) easily topped the bill at this East London event.

A far cry from your average indie-by-numbers band, the Southern quartet nailed iridescent guitars and a transcendent, dreamy vibe, making their live set all the more captivating as they surged through tracks like Need It To Stay and Asleep // Awake. Sandwiched between a support slot with Rat Boy in Portsmouth and a headline show in Brighton, this London date is a continuation of their ascent which doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. (SC)

A small band known as Lucky Shivers played at the venue The Victoria, in Dalston. They were the third and final band to make an appearance on stage. The band consisted of a rather diverse group of musicians. Their genre was rather distorted and rock orientated. Their sound had this unusual but intriguing effect, slightly off tune but in an organised bizarre way. It was also nice to see that their bassist was female, slight change to your usual.

The lead singer had this American sound to his voice, which brought along the irony considering they were British musicians. It almost felt forced. Their lack of effort to interact with the audience was slightly discouraging. The transitions between each piece were usually filled with awkward silences and the occasional “Thank-You so much”. The crowd seemed rather tamed, not too intrigued by their sound or stage presence. I found that, their target audience didn’t really appeal to people around my age. Their humor felt dry and slightly forced. Lucky Shivers weren’t really my type of band. I could tell that they were passionate. However, I just couldn’t see myself enjoying their choice of music. (LT)

Words by Lauren McDermott, Shannon Cotton and Laviea Thomas

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