FKA Twigs - Boston, MA - November 11th, 2014
I left work at 4:30pm on Tuesday afternoon without a ticket to the sold out FKA Twigs show at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA. Whilst on the train, around 4:45pm, I had a sudden realization that I needed to find a way to go. I got off at the next stop and hopped on the train going in the opposite direction of home. Before I knew it I was on my way to see a set that would leave me awestruck for days.
It was an all ages’ show which created a crowd of mostly young teen girls and some college kids drinking in the back. The show started promptly at 7pm with the only opener being a band called Boots. The band's front man is actually a production superstar producing such songs as “Drunk In Love." He and his band were full of energy for the entirety of Boots' 30 minute set. The opening band finished with an attention grabbing strobe light show as the lead singer aggressively threw his guitar onto the ground, climbing his way up the rafters, surely ending with a bang.
A little over a half an hour passed and the crowd was noticeably growing more and more anxious, awaiting FKA Twigs's entrance. Suddenly, every light in the room went dim. The preface, Track 1 from FKA's debut began whirring through the eardrums of the now grinning crowd. Immediately finishing the intro began her song “Ache” off her first Ep1. Lights were flashing, the crowd was in awe, and she was swaying her body like nothing I'd ever seen.
The dancing that ensued throughout the set was worth going to the show for alone. Not only does she have a terrific voice live, she is an amazing dancer. I caught myself several times getting lost in the music and watching her dancing back and forth on each side of the stage. She knows how to capture all sides of the crowd and make sure everyone is watching. A bit more than halfway through the set she played “Numbers” and between each chorus she would explode into a whirlwind of dance moves as colored lights encircled her, bringing the audience a feeling of ecstasy.
While her songs aren't terribly upbeat, FKA Twig's music can captivate an audience like nothing else. The show was a must see and her performance was magnificent. If you haven't purchased your ticket yet, I'd highly recommend you do so.