OCTOBER DRIFT – THE MOTH CLUB, 28 TH OCTOBER 2022 What better way to spend a Friday night than in a small London venue watching a band with songs loud enough to rip the roof off? Having previously supported the likes of Editors, Pearl Jam and We Are Scientists, October Drift stopped off in East London to play the glittery Moth Club as part of their ‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’ tour.
Opening the show was solo performer Finn Doherty, who began proceedings with a mix of acoustic guitar numbers and songs accompanied by a drummer and backing track, delivering them with an intense yet fun stage presence. Next was Low Girl, who brought songs with reflective themes of self-worth and mental health that were delivered with an easy-going air. Our highlights included the sprightly ‘So Cool’ and the moodier ‘Okay Someday’ – definitely go and check this artist out!
Time for the main event, which began with frontman Kiran Roy standing dead centre in the room, delivering a solo rendition of ‘Ever After’ for the first of many times he would be in the crowd (including literally climbing over tables and chairs during ‘Don’t Give Me Hope’). The energy never let up for one moment, with every band member throwing themselves around and guitars getting thrashed at every possible opportunity without missing a note.
October Drift’s swift momentum was sadly curtailed due to the pandemic – they only toured once when their debut album was released before everything stalled. However, with the wild reaction the band received tonight, it was clear fans were eager to make up for what they’d missed. Finishing the show with a fake out double whammy ending of ‘Forever Whatever’ (which saw a crowd surf from guitarist Daniel Young) and ‘Oh The Silence’, the night finished proper with yet another middle-of- the-crowd performance from Roy, this time with drummer Chris Young for a harmonious singalong of ‘Old and Distant Memory’. It’s been great to see October Drift receiving such a great reaction on this tour; their success is thoroughly deserved, especially when their gigs are this much fun. Long may they drift!
October Drift | Low Girl | Finn Doherty
Words and photos by Gem Faulkner