By Esmée Colbourne
November 17th 2018
Young Fathers is a group that radiates an unwavering confidence. Their strength is based in a masculinity that is emotive and spiritual. Playing a sold out show, the group stretched VENUE to the limit entertaining a crammed, two tier audience. Kayus Bankole, lloysious Massaquoi, Graham “G” Hastings and Steven Morrison on percussion, showcased some of their best tracks from the 2018 release Cocoa Sugar blended with some old favourites.
Morrison’s deep live drums forcefully kept the show rolling. So in control that his head was glued into one place his neck swiveled disturbingly into almost right angles. It was a Kraftwerk-esque, animatronic performance. Hastings was a gruff lounge singer, visibly forcing his voice out of his body.
Massaquoi vocals were contemplative in “Lord”, his sincerity coming through in his body language. Bankole was manic. An incredible dancer, Bankole’s stage presence was out of this world. His poetry in ‘Queen is Dead’ was provocative rap that mixed unhealthy drone synth and ululation. A jewel on the stage the EMS synthi AKS was an expensive and brave choice to tour with – it could break at any time and is incredibly rare.
Churchlike, Young Fathers’ rhythmic deliverance expanded minds and moved feet. VENUE was slammed with a wall of sound. By the end the audience was sweaty and screaming for more. This was no surprise – we were all moved by the privilege of witnessing this family weave their musical thread to each unrelenting beat.
Venue Nightclub, Young Fathers