MAy 4th, 2022
by R. Payne
Front man Nicholas Wood and synthesizer magician Kat Day push a lot of air on their set, something that you might not expect if you’ve only listened to their albums. Their music is surprisingly aggressive, something you’d be forgiven for missing if you’re only a casual listener.
A constant driving beat pushes out of their drum machine driving every song start to finish and inspiring some sympathetic movement from the crowd at Brooklyn Made.
Speaking of which, The KVB seems to maintain a relatively small but healthy and dedicated fanbase. Everyone I talked to at the show knew them well, and they seemed one of everyone’s top bands, which is something to be said for a somewhat obscure group playing far from their home in England.
If there was one complaint about the sound quality, it would be that the vocals were sometimes subsumed in the mix, lost a little bit in an enveloping sea of reverb.
The group spent a good while in their latest record, Unity, where they played “Unité” and “Unbound” among others. They of course played “Always Then,” and “Never Enough,” two of their biggest singles.
Again, listening to “Always Then” or “Never Enough” as a recording you might get the idea that they are sort of mellow tunes, but live they are anything but. They we’re noisy ragers and should be respected as such.
In spite of the driving beats behind the songs the crowd was often reluctant to do more than sway, which is perhaps the phenomenon that earned The KVB the label shoegaze music.
One would be mistaken to neglect the visual aspect of the performance, created by Kat Day. They included a variety of themes, perhaps most often bringing the crowd into the spare psychedelic landscapes of Unity and the futuristic skylines of their previous recording projects.
Al Lover and Public Memory opened to a good crowd. They’re both well worth a listen if you’re the sort of person who would find themself at The KVB.
Al Lover hit downtempo industrial house, or a sort, and Public Memory delved into a dark and strange world of crooning over synthetic sounds.
All in all, if you can catch The KVB on tour this summer I would recommend that you do.