Bloxx are a London-based quartet renowned for their fuse of grungy undertones, indie-influenced melodies and floor-thumping choruses. The band consists of front woman Ophelia (Fee); Moz brings the toe-tapping drum beats and Taz along with Paul provides the alternative-indie rifts. In recent years, Bloxx have been making relentless developments on the scene by supporting indie royalty including Pale Waves, Sundara Karma, Circa Waves and The Wombats to name but a few.
Bloxx have been making relentless developments on the scene by supporting indie royalty
After two previous successful appearances at The Louisiana, this marked the beginning of their UK headline tour and their growing status in the indie scene. We got our dancing shoes on and headed down to The Louisiana to witness a very special night in the Bloxx history books.
On Video and Full Colour were tasked with warming up the crowd for the main event and they did not fail to impress. On Video made a strong start to the night with each of their songs hitting the crowd like a cocktail of adrenaline, caffeine and bouncing energy. Full Colour is an acoustic duo turned trio, with bags of enthusiasm and rustic acoustic vibes and kept the audience’s anticipation brewing nicely.
whistles and shrieks echoing around and rolling off the low-ceilinged venue
The Louisiana was full to the brim with avid fans wearing band merchandise, sipping on their beverages and discussing which Bloxx song has the catchiest chorus. As Bloxx appeared on the stage, the intimate venue became engulfed by a ruckus of rows, with whistles and shrieks echoing around and rolling off the low-ceilinged venue. The night began with Bloxx classic Sea Blue, leading to heads starting to bob, people grooving and of course, mosh pits forming. The audience are clearly well-versed with the cocktail combination of funky rifts and rumbling drums, as the opening sent arms into the air and drinks flying around, before Fee had even sung the first note.
the opening sent arms into the air and drinks flying around, before Fee had even sung the first note.
Next on the set list for Bloxx was Monday, a quirky song about the thrill of the chase in a relationship and the dullness that a Monday morning brings; like Sea Blue, it went down a treat and as it should do – Monday is a key component to the Headspace EP released earlier this year. Bloxx followed with Coke, a gloriously grungy piece of indie realness that got the floor shaking with the stomping feet and vibrating big-lunged choruses from the audience.
After the song finished, Fee took a moment to mention that the headline show was the biggest live event they had played to date – you wouldn’t have believed it though, with the band commanding the stage and audience to great effect. The band took this opportunity to test their new track Hey Jenny – a song dedicated to Louisiana’s very own ticket operator Jenny, and was well-received by Jenny and everybody chanting her name.
new track Hey Jenny – a song dedicated to Louisiana’s very own ticket operator
Bloxx started moving on through their most well-known songs Laydown, Novocaine and Second Opinion – leading to people climbing onto their mate’s shoulders and a flurry of phones filming the antics.
At one point, the band invited some of the front row partiers onto the stage to join the performance and support the band with backing vocals. Everyone exited the stage and returned to ground level just as Bloxx tested the waters once more with another new song, Spoken Word. The band showcased their versatility by mixing a spoken word verse with their trademark grungy undertones and indie-influenced melodies and it already sounded like another firm fan favourite.
showcased their versatility by mixing a spoken word verse with their trademark grungy undertones and indie-influenced melodies
The band sure knows how to please their audience, as they followed with an altered version of Your Boyfriend, adding a flavour of Bristol to the established original lyric recipe, which was greeted with much approval from everyone on the top deck. As the night began to draw to close, Bloxx debuted their latest single Go Out with You, only released a few days prior to the show, and from the opening note everyone already knew the words.
The highlight of the night was guitarist Taz showcasing his practised guitar skills by playing his instrument behind his head for majority of the song You. Bloxx finished the night in appropriate fashion with their heaviest number yet, Curtains, and left the stage to hit the merchandise stand for a meet and greet with their fans. What a performance. We are hoping to see Bloxx back on the Bristol scene very shortly, after what will surely be a well-earned, triumphant headline tour.
Bloxx finished the night in appropriate fashion with their heaviest number yet
Words by Will Humphrey