Live Review: Kodaline
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The Mispers were definitely like no other band I have witnessed, yet perfectly fitting in within what's accepted within indie and alternative music. Supporting Kodaline alongside Seafret on their UK tour, the quintet, led by Jack Balfour Scott and Joey Arnold Zapata, completely used and abused the stage, armed with a violin, a ripped t-shirt and some pretty questionable dancing. See them as the alternative Clean Bandit or Arcade Fire's secret love baby. Meeting the guys before the show, they promised us "moisture" and damn did we get that. Every second was composed with attitude and energy; a Class A drug on a stage with four shots of Tequila. The Mispers did not feel like a support act and the sold out audience did not care about not knowing the lyrics to all/some of the songs. It was a connection so rare with supports that I was so honoured to witness. "Brother" and "Weekend" completely enraptured a tempestuous audience, wrapping us around their fingers and making us dance whether we liked it or not. Approving nods around me signalled that the Kodaline fans were appreciative of what was being served to us. There was something secretly sexy about the performance. There was always movement erupting from all five of the band members, always eye contact and grins to each other with that love of playing live. This was a ceremony, not a performance.
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