The Invisible at Rough Trade East
Lucid melodies and explosive crescendos echoed out of the doors of Rough Trade East during the immense show put on by the musical geniuses known as The Invisible. The venue’s rustic look and the band’s otherworldly sounds meant the event came together amazingly, making the fact that it was free much more enjoyable. Having been nominated for the Mercury Prize meant that many people were expecting something special. From the responses in the crowd as they stepped on to the stage, it was clear that they had a large fan base and the crowd were looking forward to their introduction.
Without a single word, each member launched straight into their song titled Generational. After a lengthy but smooth intro, it was clear to see that some of the crowd were already getting into the vibe of the music. The vocal harmonies sounded vibrant, the drumming was flawless and the bass pounded away, whilst the synthesizer was rich and prominent. No hesitating, the band started playing their next song Wings. The guitar in this song featured an echo that rang out throughout the room and it was clear to see that at this point the band themselves were avidly enjoying their music. The third track London Girl was the highlight of the evening; a vibrant, colourful song that enticed the crowd to join in the rhythmical cascade of noise.
The band remained very tight throughout the gig and didn’t stumble once. Protection offered a more mellow sound, presenting the audience with a different side to their music. The lead guitar playing in this song was excellent. What Happened allowed each member to demonstrate their musical skills through the flowing beats and chimes of the tune. Lifeline was all about the beginning and end, a powerful start and abrupt, but perfect conclusion. The Wall began with a much heavier intro than the other songs, portraying the band’s versatility and eclecticism. There was an underlying feeling of a rather dark and brooding subject within the lyrics. The hard rock style guitar solo was the optimum ending for their final song, and built up to a hypnotising crescendo. Every track in its own right was of the finest standard.
Each instrument played was done so with a keenness and awareness that is rare in many live musicians. The final result left the crowd to absorb all that had been sung and played. The applause was immense, though a sensation of speechlessness may have passed through everyone’s minds.
The Invisible is made up of Dave Okumu (Lead vocals, bass and guitar), Tom Herbert (Bass, synthesizer and backing vocals) and Leo Taylor (Drums).
For more information on The Invisible visit their Facebook website.
For more information about Rough Trade East, click here.
Watch the band’s video for ‘London Girl’ here