Lake Komo @ Java Lounge
With support from the brilliant Ordnance, Lake Komo graced the simplistic Java Lounge in Hillsborough on Tuesday for an intimate gig as part of their headline tour around the north of the UK.
Listed as one of Radio X’s Great X-pectations for 2016, alongside the likes of Jack Garrett and Blossoms, there’s no doubt that there are big things to come from the Manchester-based band this year.
Kicking the set off with their 2015 hit ‘Ritual’; their folky, acoustic pop evokes nostalgic memories of summer festival days, a refreshing lift in the midst of the gloomy British weather.
Taking the audience through a journey between high-tempo and slower more atmospheric tracks, the band manage to maintain their attention throughout; performing singles ‘ThinkTank’, ‘Tides’ and their most recent offering ‘Resurrect’ among others, ‘Tides’ being a stand out for me personally.
The slightly distorted vocals add an extra edge to the band’s sound, with the electronic undertones complimenting the acoustic pop.
With little interaction with the crowd, lead singer Jay admits he’s “not much of a talker” but in such an intimate setting this wasn’t an issue and they expressed themselves instead through thoughtful lyrics and catchy melodies.
From tonight’s set it is clear Lake Komo have huge potential. If you catch them on the bill at any summer festivals this year, I’d recommend taking the time to give them a chance.
Words: Emily Williams
Photos: Mark Wheelwright / Leeds Living