Live: CHASE ATLANTIC // O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
Chase Atlantic bring a triumphant set to O2 Forum, marking their second London show to date.
They’ve come a long way from performing at The Garage, a small venue in Islington, last December. In that time Chase Atlantic have dropped their sophomore album, PHASES, back in June, a genre-defying body of work that blends pop, rock and R&B to create a rare sound for itself.
As the lights came up at O2 Forum Kentish Town, the first musician taking to the stage was the band’s drummer. He performed an incredible drum solo as the band rushed to join him and began to perform ANGELS. Chase Atlantic had brought their all, from an insane light show, to the visuals on screens at the side of the stage, to the insane energy every member exuded, there wasn’t anything they could have done better.
Just like with the new album, Chase Atlantic’s sound is unique, however, this expanded to a whole new level when performed live. Their live performances were flawless, every member restless with vigour as they jumped around the stage. The crowd fed off this contagious energy, the whole of The Forum erupting for every song. The audience was very mixed, many rap, hip-hop and R&B fans as well as those from the rock and pop punk scenes. The atmosphere was overall very welcoming.
Musically, Chase Atlantic sounded perfect. With an eccentric attitude, the personalities of the full band really came across in the performance which made a big difference to the tone of the gig. Their somewhat experimental music worked exceptionally well live having taken some of the best parts of many genres to create something refreshingly new and unlike anything else.
The amount of passion lead singer Mitchel Cave emitted was unparalleled and they somehow all managed to keep up their boisterous stage presence throughout the set.
One of the things that made Chase Atlantic stand out was the live saxophone, a captivating addition to their set played by Clinton Cave. This is especially brilliant during the slower song LOVE IS (NOT) EASY which was chill-inducing live.
Chase Atlantic concluded their incredible show with Friends and Okay. Both were sensational live and a brilliant way of wrapping up what was a very energetic and captivating performance. With live shows as great as this, I expect we will be seeing Chase Atlantic headlining arenas one day.
Photos: Dani Willgress