Alexa Farrow recommends listening to Kingfishers Catch Fire after seeing their single launch at The George Tavern, 11 April
Kingfishers Catch Fire are a London based “indie/alt-folk” band who describe their sound as “epic, orchestral and pastoral, combining jangly guitar and uplifting melodies with dark lyrical themes and dense vocal harmony”. If their A Fear Of Mirrors single launch at the iconic George Tavern in Whitechapel was anything to go by, they do not disappoint.
Every table and chair was occupied at the small candlelit venue as the four piece, consisting of lead vocalist William Robertson, guitarist Tristan Irvine, drummer Marcus Mozley and bassist Darran Paul Smith, put on a captivating show featuring both tracks (A Fear of Mirrors and Dahlia) from the new single
As the bass line of Romance began, the audience poured onto the floor and it wasn’t long until Robertson’s gently atmospheric voice filled the room. The band looked incredibly comfortable on stage, and it was clear to see all members were absorbed. Their charismatic look and impeccable timing made Kingfishers a captivating ensemble to watch, and I’m sure they will remain that way. Their influences, including Kate Bush, The Smiths, and Mew, can be heard in the pacey, lilting melody lines that kept the audience tapping their feet and dancing along. Vintage looking projections of the band complemented the nostalgic ambience of the gig.
To close out the set, Robertson played a charming cover of Daniel Johnston’s True Love Will Find You in the End and the band followed with an encore of Pandora.
Though the band do not have any gigs lined up soon, they are currently working on their next single, and if you’d like to have a listen or find out about future gigs, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and SoundCloud. A free download of the new single is available on Bandcamp.