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Knower – Heaven, 02/09/2022

In the lead-up to this gig I had a mild fear that it may be a bit quiet; Knower had posted a video on social media to advertise the gig saying ticket sales had been poor. Which maybe shouldn’t be that unexpected at the minute with rail strikes and other such things making travel to London pretty irratic until the week of the gig but, on the night, it’s incredibly busy. So much so that Knower actually end up pausing their introduction to just state how shocked and grateful they are.

But before Knower take to the stage it’s the turn of Quinn Oulton, a multi instrumentalist who’s performing solo this evening, armed with a saxophone, a guitar and various electronics that I can’t see from so low down compared to Heaven’s high stage. His songs were interesting, with a lot of elements happening for one performer. I particularly enjoyed the saxophone elements, and the way the instrument interacted with the electronics was fascinating.

Onto the main event, Knower put on a totally unique, energetic, show. I did wonder how interesting it would be with just the two musicians but the visual element more than made up for a larger band. Right from the get go the epic entrance, complete with giant projected singing Genevieve’s faces and the tacky noiseometer, gets the whole dance floor in Heaven moving, jumping around to the catchy, bouncy, tracks. A lot of people discovered Knower through their live at home videos and performing Overtime and Time Traveller early in the set really gets things going – while Genevieve makes use of the whole stage, Louis Cole gets behind the drum kit, giving the tracks even more energy.

The Government Knows is a particular highlight, the visuals perfectly synced to the bouncy, glitchy, track, making political leaders dance and military men twerk. It’s possibly the most danceable track in the set, which makes great use of the venues sound system being built to cater to club nights. Another highlight was Hanging On, for the weirdest reason – an issue with the drum kit meant the song had to be stopped, the audience looping the vocal hoop for minutes until it got sorted. It’s one of those great things about live music, when things do go wrong and the audience runs with it.

As I said, I had no idea what to expect from the duo visual show but the way it was presented made it incredibly fun – the projections were very DIY but linked in perfectly to the music, adding a lot to the whole experience. The live drums certainly helped too; Louis Cole is a phenomenal drummer and it’s a joy to see him performing while the projector flickers away. The setlist was perfect and the crowd seemed very up for dancing away to this incredible set. Amazing stuff.

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