London indie rock quartet BLOXX have been making waves supporting the likes of The Wombats, Sundara Karma and INHEAVEN in recent times, and are now embarking on a long overdue headline tour of their own.
Southampton five-piece BASH! open to an already sizable crowd, vocalist Amanda Bashmakova’s soulful voice evoking thoughts of Anteros and Florence + the Machine. Their quirky pop sound warms up the audience in preparation for the forthcoming bands. Vistas – from Edinburgh – provide the final support, performing the likes of ‘Headspace’ and ‘Tigerblood’. They owe much to the Kooks/Catfish strain of indie, and are fun to listen to.
Frontwoman Ophelia Booth tells the crowd of the last time BLOXX played in Southampton – to a handful of people at The Joiners. It could not have been any more different a few months later however, the sold-out venue rocking with immediacy as fans clamber to the front of the stage.
BLOXX may not yet have an album out, but they make the most of what they’ve got. ‘Curtains’ energises the crowd early on, while recent release ‘Lay Down’ is also memorable. Harking back to their early days, ‘Your Boyfriend’ proves a trip down memory lane for those who have been following BLOXX over the past couple of years – both their earlier songs and more recent releases are positively absorbed by the audience.
One of their more well-known hits, ‘Monday’, gets the wildest reception, as the entire top floor of Heartbreakers turns into a swathing horde of indie kid. The band appear to be having the time of their lives on stage, something that can also be said for the audience. At the end of the show, Booth assures them that she wants to meet “every single one” of them at the merch stand, and you can’t help but take her at her word.
Words by Adam England
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