Skies the limit for Folkestone duo
Skies the limit as Folkestone duo light up the Quarterhouse
SKIES – Friday 5th May at Folkestone Quarterhouse
If Kent is good for anything it’s proper decent apples and stand out home grown bands.
Stood in the crowd at the sold-out Folkestone Quarterhouse on Friday night, lost in a sea of knowing smiles donning SKIES t-shirts, you knew a band was about to shine on its home turf.
Friends and family of SKIES were in for a treat, being gently warmed by the first act of the night Trev, who was followed by a healthy dose of kaleidoscopic psych-pop from Hydromag (think Mac DeMarco meets Tame Impala) – playing their second ever gig.
A few pints later and it was time for the main event, and what better way to jump head first into a UK tour than starting with the place and crowd you know best? SKIES (Alie Cotter and Jericho Tozer) have come a long way since Alie was playing some of her first low-key gigs in the café at the Quarterhouse. The room was at capacity and people were ready for the duo’s energetic mash-up of rocky-emo-pop packed full of anthems that’ll leave you humming the chorus three days later. Yes, three.
It’s always impressive how much sound two people can make. SKIES’ songs are a headbanging blur of Alie’s Kentish vocals and guitar, while Jericho launches into his drum kit like his life depends on it, to create euphoric highs and deep rolling beats, backed up by addictive synth patterns.
It was especially good to hear them play out their new single ‘Afterwards’, one of the night’s catchiest tunes, but other songs including ‘Green’ and breakthrough 2016 single ‘Drone’ transformed the night from high energy into the realm of the bizarre. The gig swiftly became a playground, with a giant inflatable crocodile, banana and football causing chaos, while a life-size cardboard cut-out of Ainsley Harriet sporting his own fetching SKIES merch, stole the limelight as the show came to an end.
(Guest appearance from Ainsley Harriott)
If indeed, ‘Heaven is a place where nothing happens’ (so says the glowing rooftop sign beaming in through the Quarterhouse’s windows from across the road) then it’s better to be in somewhere a little closer to hell, with a bit of a headache from all the thrashing around.
(support act – Hydromag)
Good luck for the rest of the tour, SKIES.