4th October | Louisiana
Photos: Philip Hiscocks
I’ve been lucky enough to see Bloxx a number of times over the last two years, and each time the band’s confidence and craft has improved, along with the size and enthusiasm of the crowds they are playing to. The Louisiana has a legacy of being the place to catch bands just as they are about to make it big, and the Bloxx show was no exception. The atmosphere and sense of excitement in the room brought to mind a Wolf Alice gig the venue hosted back in 2013, with a similar communal feeling amongst the crowd that the band were on the cusp of bigger things to come and might not be playing small venues for much longer.
Up first, I caught East London’s On Video, who brought their upbeat yet low-fi brand of indie-pop to a very responsive and appreciative crowd. For a support slot, the room was packed and buzzing and the quartet delivered a very enjoyable and polished set that left everyone in high spirits for the headliners. Having not been aware of On Video before this show, I was certainly entertained and will be keeping an eye on what they do next.
After time to grab another quick pint downstairs, it was finally time for Bloxx to take to the stage and they kicked things into gear straight away with the ridiculously catchy ‘Sea Blue’, a favourite from their Headspace EP. Packed with riffs and arresting hooks, this was the perfect choice of song to launch the gig with and had plenty of people dancing straight off the bat.
Lead singer and guitarist, Fee Booth had a fun and entertaining rapport with the crowd between songs, clearly revelling in the moment, and thanked the admiring crowd for supporting the band. This is clearly a band who have become increasingly self-assured with their music, especially compared to their less confident set at Truck Festival back in 2017.
Highlights of their set included brand-new, feel-good stomper of a single, ‘Go Out With Me’ which, thanks to its infectious earworm of a chorus, had the crowd singing and moshing throughout its entirety, despite only having dropped mere days before the gig. Also going down a storm were ‘Your Boyfriend’ and ‘Headspace’, bringing more anthemic singalong choruses which increasingly seem to be Bloxx’s forte. The band seem to have hit a sweet spot, sitting comfortably between rock and pop, and I can certainly see them having more mainstream success and appeal in the not-so-distant future.
Despite a minor stage invasion during Bloxx’s crowd-pleasing final song, ‘Curtains’, including hugs and dancing from some overexcited fans, the band did not let this shake their confidence, with Fee taking it in her stride and proclaiming “Well that was fucking weird!’’
After revisiting the impressive set of songs Bloxx had to offer in this gig, and seeing the large turnout and the crowd’s reaction to them, it’s clear that this is a band who have big success in store and their much-hyped debut album can’t come soon enough.
See the video for ‘Go Out With You’ here: