Otherkin At The Grand Social – Review
Otherkin hardly need any introductions these days do they? Quite frankly they are going from strength to strength, whether it be touring the UK or dropping the hottest rock EP of the year. The newly released 201 EP boasts a more than impressive offering of guitar pop gems, and has only built on their already soaring reputation. Being featured on the likes of Soccer AM and Rimmel adverts, there is a feeling that greatness is knocking on their doorstep. With a homecoming show in the Grand Social, we pop in to see if all the hype is true.
A shoutout must be given to the support act, Thumper. Not unlike their hosts, they play fuzzy guitar pop with catchy melodies and scuzzy riffs. There is however, something different about them. Incorporating a borderline noise rock feel not unlike Sonic Youth, every tune feels like it’s powered by plutonium. ‘The Bathroom Floor’ rocks hard, and is well worth a look.
The lights dim, and Otherkin saunter coolly onstage to the sound of sirens and some pretty epic visuals. Straight away it seems apparent there is a more professional and confident feeling about them. Propelling straight into the drum driven ’20 to 11’, energy levels start at eleven. The riffs are huge, the bass is filthy, the leads are hot. The grade A opener paves the way for latest single ‘Feel It’, evoking a remarkable reception from the enthusiastic crowd. Luke Reilly’s vocals are on point more than usual tonight, no doubt due to the extensive touring the boys are enduring on a daily basis.
Things only get sweatier with a handful of brand new and unrecorded tracks, ranging from the Hives like adrenaline fuelled ones to some more bouncy yet dark classic grunge sounds. Conor Wynne’s lead guitar lines are always a spectacle, and are piercing as ever. There is definitely an air of assurance about the band, yet it never seeps into overconfidence. They know they have to impress, and impress they do. The opening chords of monster single ‘AY AY’ are instantly recognisable, and set the place on fire. Clearly buzzing off the crowd now, the boys loosen up more and start interacting more with their audience.
The anti-love tune ‘Love’s a Liability’ stands out as a class performance, changing the dynamic for a more headbang suitable one. A mid song reprieve gives the crowd a chance to breath before crashing back into an electric final coda made for the moshpit. Finishing with an older but solid tune, ’So So’, the night is capped off in a fitting mess of crashing drums, thumping bass and feedback. Lovely.
Having already proved themselves to be a top class singles band and a very competent live act, the ‘Kin decided to show us they can also produce a truly substantial EP as well as perfect their live sets. With a longer setlist and more professional stage mannerisms, there isn’t really much else this band are lacking. It’s always terrifyingly exciting to see a homegrown band rise at this pace and get the credit they deserve. What you see is what you get folks. No bollocks, just top quality guitar music.