According to frontman Kemy this was the first sell out show for Aerials Up, and by the time the seven-piece took to the stage King Tut’s was packed with a sea of eager ears.
Opening with their latest release, I Am, every single member of the band exuded energy. None more so than guitarist Neil who rocked, danced and jumped his way through the set, finding himself on top of the equipment at the close of what was an outstanding performance. The simple guitar hook met with steady, swelling strings from violinist Cat, and cellist Ruth, that instantaneously sparked the room into life and lay waste to any notion of a slow start.
The vigour and volume of the set drew back and hit out like a series of tidal waves. Up for Air brought the crowd close, creating an intimate feel as we watched Kemy’s solitary figure take centre stage, whilst All Your Mothers Daughters delivered an outright thunderous finish.
Occasionally in the quieter moments the crowd had to marshal itself with a chorus of shooshing. There was the odd shout out from the inevitable steamboat amongst us, but this was deftly dealt with by the humour and unshakeable confidence of front duo Kemy and Debbie. The pair admitted to nerves onstage, but if this was true it was never apparent.
It was an evening stocked full of new tunes and if the recordings can match the feel of the songs live there is good reason to be excited for future releases. The best of these, and best of the night, was Who’s Going to Send the Ship?, which produced a tender, sharp and sweet moment, and gave breathing space for Kemy’s obvious lyrical talent. It was good to see one or two well-deserved lighters in the air for this as opposed to the pale glow of smartphone screens. Also of particular note was On the Dead Sea which featured an exquisitely harmonised chorus that has been warmly flowing in my head since.
All in all, beautiful Harmonies, riffs with an edge, and ceaseless fervour went to show that Aerials Up more than deserved the crowd they drew.
Review by Jamie Orr
Photos by Al Goold Photography