Covid-19 has changed many things, but not London’s music scene. This is what I thought when I saw Inhaler at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town on 6 October.
Consider me biased, but I am a huge fan of Inhaler’s music. I do believe that they could be the future of indie-rock, alongside some other huge names. It was an honour for me to represent Carrot in this opportunity and, let me tell you, it was all worth it.
After getting to the venue and having to wait for guest list holders to be let in, I was welcomed by the familiar atmosphere of the O2 Forum in Kentish Town, London. It was already full when I got in, but it got filled with even more fans after a while. Because of the presence of a balcony standing area, the music venue was vibrating with even more voices.
I am usually against double support, as it tends to water down the atmosphere too much. However, both Dylan Fraser and Wet Leg started the night just right: the former with his warm and powerful voice and the latter with their strong melodies and vocals.
We’re excited to announce that @wetlegband and @DylanFraser will be joining us as support on our UK tour in September / October 2021. Final remaining tickets are on sale now from: https://t.co/BM6HeDwjeY pic.twitter.com/bwOGNsDrLN— Inhaler (@InhalerDublin) July 26, 2021
How did Inhaler do?
Opening the show with energetic ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’, the Irish band kept engaging the crowd with spectacular stage presence and, considering their young age, a lot of enthusiasm. The band proved to be real rock stars and, most importantly, they proved that there is nothing intrinsically wrong in following parental footsteps.
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Inhaler created a dynamic and shapeshifting dynamic by alternating upbeat and energetic songs like ‘In My Sleep’ and ‘Who’s Your Money On? (Plastic House)’ with more laid back and pop-ish songs, such as ‘Slide Out The Window’ and ‘Totally’. We all know how London crowds are, it is hard to be in the stalls without getting caught up in at least one mosh-pit, and that is exactly what happened to me. I am not complaining, though.
The highlight of the night:
As much as I would like to say that the highlight of Inhaler’s show is when a random stranger lifted me on his shoulders during ‘Slide Out The Window’, I can’t. This is because the highlight is when they played the best song of their debut It Won’t Always Be Like This: ‘My King Will Be Kind’. There is nothing better than hearing 2,300 people sing at unison one of the most meaningful and atmospheric tracks (it is in fact my favourite too).
Deciding to finish with their most known song – ‘My Honest Face’ – was a smart move: the crowd went crazy, empty (and not) pint glasses were flying above our heads and feet were being stepped on. But we did not care in the slightest.
Eli Hewson might sing that he has got no love, but we all do for them. If you like indie-rock, Inhaler is the band you should go and see.