It’s Sunday night in Birmingham and fans of Cassyette look to end their weekend with a bang as she brings the party to the second city. She brings exciting support acts in the form of Lozeak and Calva Louise to help raise the roof.
Up first and kicking things off tonight are the excellent Calva Louise, a trio based in Manchester but it’s members are actually from France, Venezuela & New Zealand interestingly! Front and centre of the band is the multi talented Jess Allanic, whose powerful voice dominates the O2 Academy Birmingham’s second room. We also see her work her magic with some keyboard theatrics as she shows off her talents on guitar too. Their music is heavy, the guitars loud and in your face. Their electronic elements that they incorporate do remind me slightly of Linkin Park. We are treated to unreleased song ‘Feast is Over‘ which is due to be out just next week, and it goes down really well, it’s always cool to get a first listen of some unreleased material. Calva Louise are great fun live, and I’m expecting them to be popping up at bigger venues in the not too distant future because they have something about them.
Up next is singer Lozeak, whose style leans very much towards a nu-metal kind of sound, very fitting for tonight’s show I think it’s fair to say. Her songs are angsty and full of energy, she reminds me of an early 2000’s popstar but with an emphasis on a grungier style, perhaps similarly to Avril Lavigne. Highlights of her set include a cover of Paloma Faith‘s ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This‘ which has everybody singing along. Closing song ‘Word Vomit‘ is the undeniable stand out, it’s catchy lyrics stayed with me long after the night was over. I don’t think Lozeak quite matched the intensity of opener Calva Louise but there was still lots to enjoy about this set and I look forward to seeing what is next for her.
Finally we have Cassyette who comes bursting out from backstage before the lights even have chance to come up, setting the tone for what we can expect of her in terms of a non-stop adrenaline fuelled performance. It only takes her half way through the first song before she hops down from the stage and climbs on to the barrier to sing directly into the faces of the adoring audience directly in the first few rows. Taking the time to talk in between songs, explaining that the next song ‘Mayhem‘ was written about a recent toxic relationship. That seems to be a familiar theme with her music as she also tells us that ‘Over it‘ was about the same break up, this is an unreleased song that she wrote herself and we can expect to be released very soon. There is no time to catch your breath as the set doesn’t slow down at all. The main set comes to a close with recent release ‘Boom‘ and it definitely delivers on its name as it certainly is one of the more explosive numbers. The encore consisting of the familiar anthem ‘Dear Goth‘ before finally bowing out with ‘Prison Purse.’ Cassyette brought an electric performance to the O2 Academy Birmingham tonight, there’s no predicting just how far she can go!