Live: COUNTERFEIT. // Scala, London
Making their way to the Scala stage on Monday, Counterfeit. treated the house to an insanely energetic set.
Following the release of their latest single It Gets Better, the five piece have been on the road across Europe and the UK, showcasing the new and the old. Their latest stop – Scala in London’s Kings Cross.
Opening the set with track Paralysed, the guys wasted no time, ensuring everyone knew that this was going to be a lively one. Spending almost as much time on the barrier as he did on stage, lead singer Jamie Campbell Bower completely owned the stage, connecting with the audience in an unmatched and special way. This sort of showmanship alone is enough to want to catch the band again.
Aside from the lead singer, the entire band exuded high energy, plastered with huge smiles for the entirety of the set. Despite the heavy and weighted words of their tracks that delve into the hardships of mental health, suicide and addiction, it’s clear that the band loves to share their music with their passionate fans.
Diving into their discography, and with no hint of slowing down, Counterfeit. hit drum heavy You Can’t Rely to the screams of the crowd. This track confirmed the level the band was going to be reaching that night.
Moving away from their own works, Counterfeit. also included a cover of Jumpsuit by fellow alt rock legends Twenty One Pilots. Putting an even heavier spin on the early parts of the track, before sweating through the last headbanging chorus, they made the song their own. With not a single person in the crowd not screaming along, it made for a true sing-along moment.
The crowd interactions were not limited to sweaty hand holding with those front and centre, Jamie, during the interlude, discussed the themes of the tracks and the personal influences and experiences behind them. Sharing with the crowd his own history with addiction, and how music became his escape.
Rounding the set off with the aforementioned It Gets Better, with its somewhat positive lyrics, it ended the night on a high note. Screaming “It gets better”, Counterfeit. made sure that even amongst all the negativity, a reminder of hope and optimism is truly what they want to share with the crowd.
Photos: Lauren Clarke