Folks at the Islington
After an excruciating 40-minute wait, Folks eventually come on stage – not because they are presumptuous superstars, actually quite the opposite. At 9pm, when the gig is supposed to start, the area dedicated to live shows in the tiny venue is basically empty. Apparently the few people in the bar prefer chilling out with friends and a drink, which is fair enough on a Friday night. But imagine playing to an empty room, such a prospect for Folks is not funny.
After a while however someone encourages the band to take their place in front of their instruments and give some meaning to the live music night. Still a bit perplexed and in an attempt to revive the atmosphere, singer Scott Anderson decides to shout a “Hey, London!” but gets very little feedback from the audience. Only halfway through the concert do people begin to show some enjoyment: Avalanche is well received and Venom sees some heads rhythmically nodding along in a sign of appreciation.
It’s a pity that even the catchier songs are not gripping enough for this meagre crowd. My Mother for example has all the requirements of a good rock ‘n’ roll song and is nicely executed although still unable to engage. Next comes the new single We’re All Dead, which unfortunately perfectly resembles the general mood of the audience. It’s true that applause bursts after every track but the overall performance is rather lacking. The closing Skull & Bones sees someone become slightly more enthusiastic for this show but that’s it.
Folks have the potential to make it, perhaps it’s just a matter of time: seeing them live is a pleasant enough experience and they should be given a second chance (or more).
For further information and future events visit Folks’ website here.
Watch the video for We’re All Dead here: