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Live Review: October Drift at Dryden Street Social, Leicester (11/4/18)

October Drift are a band that I’ve been following for a while now, a rock band with such a clinical and yet mysteriously infusing sound. Fully deserved to take their place as one of my artists of the week. With such a harmonious voice and catchy back catalogue of EPs to go at, I knew I had to go and see them live.

Dryden Street Social is a significantly better venue when it isn’t packed to the rafters – which is something you won’t be hearing me say very often. But the venue is more intimate and less formal than a lot out there. It’s growing on me a lot. JRNL were the support band and I have to say I really enjoyed their set, I knew nothing of them before the night but from now I may have to start checking on their latest releases because they were a great live act with heavily infused rock. It was a joy to watch.

October Drift came on to perform tune after tune. And what immediately astounded me was the energy on stage! Each one of them jumped around and threw themselves about to every song it was just as enjoyable to watch as it was infectious. Their latest track “All Broken Down” was a significant highlight in the set, a tune that really represents the progression and future stadium status of the band. A song that will draw you in and blow you away.

The lead singer, Kiran Roy, was the most energetic. A performance that seemed as though he was possessed as he used the barrier to play his guitar (Seriously, he was rubbing his guitar string over the barrier and it sounded surprisingly brilliant) and even climbed atop the speakers to then hang from the balcony as he sung, without missing a beat. How?! Despite a performance that would give a health & safety official a heart attack it was one that brought me and the rest of the crowd great joy.

If you EVER get chance to see October Drift on tour then do not miss that opportunity, one of the greatest live acts I’ve ever seen. Which seems to be something I’m saying a lot recently but there’s just so much talent out there. And you know what? October Drift may just be atop that pile.


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