With the buzz of the debut album 6 Feet Beneath The Moon still well and truly in the air, the home leg of King Krule’s UK tour was sure to be a highlight. Filthy Boy proved a worthy support act as the North East London Venue slowly rose to capacity.
The 19 year old nonchalantly strolled out on stage donning an oversized grey suit and tie, some scruffy white trainers and swapped his can of Red Stripe for his guitar before opening with the discordant, progressive sounds of ‘Has This Hit’.
The crowd was filled with King Krule connoisseurs that cheered knowingly of ‘Rock Bottom’s imminence when Archy declared that “this next song is about living under the sea”. And these die-had fans were in for more heart-wrenching delights, as Zoo Kid classics like ‘Lizard State’ and ‘Ocean Bed’ were performed emphatically.
This gig offered fans a unique insight into the songs that they know so well, with spoken word interludes to new tracks such as ‘The Krockadile’ giving the fans something that they won’t find on the album. An extended bass solo during ‘Baby Blue’ took the dreamy, romanticized track to a whole new level which received a rapturous response from the full-house.
Listening to 6 Feet Beneath The Moon through your headphones on the train has a melancholic, almost sleepy tone that could fool you into expecting a relaxed live performance but you couldn’t be more wrong. Dropping the slower songs on the album and giving songs like ‘Noose of Jah City’ a little boost identifies just how mature this young performer is.
When the band left the stage, the crowd stood firm and chanted “EASY” until the inevitable return for the deserving encore. As ‘Easy Easy’ droned out of the speakers, it felt like we were listening to an old vinyl and watching a French New Wave Film set in Hackney and believe it or not, that is a fantastic combination.