The Districts – Scala, April 28th 2015
On the back of the release of their second studio album A Flourish And A Spoil, Philadelphia’s four-piece The Districts sold out Scala, after already impressing at SXSW and securing slots at various festivals in Europe (London Calling, Latitude, Longitude, Haldern Pop, Lowlands, Melt Festival, and Reading & Leeds Festival).
With an underwhelming support by Broncho, the evening was not to the best of start when The Districts joined the stage.
The audience however was clearly looking forward to seeing them live, eager to hear the new material.
It then became apparent that the anticipation was well deserved for such a young band, as they slowly built their set and embarked the audience into a somewhat erratic and frantic pogo, despite a somewhat inconsistent set based on build-ups and lower moments.
All eyes were drowned to the frontman, who occupied most of the stage with powerful vocals and energy, backed up with strong ensemble musical skills.
His voice at times felt about to break, but never fell flat, and eventually became stronger – in a way that is very particular to live music – and isn’t that strongly conveyed on records.
It felt at times slightly like a roller coaster, with bursts of raw energy followed by quieter moments, to only hit stronger after; as good live acts are able to convey.
It’s indisputable that The Districts are a strong live band; for which may very well have been their latest small venue gigs as it wouldn’t be surprising to see them coming back into large venues in a very near future!
Don’t forget to listen to their new single Heavy Begs below.
Want to know when the Districts are near you? Head over to their Facebook page to stay up-to-date.
Words & Photo by Lily Ruiz.
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