With support from Maxwell Young, local Auckland artist October headlined her first live performance for 2018 with all the pop/synth goodies from her debut album Ultra Red. Walking down the stairs to the illustrious Whammy Bar on K’Rd, it seemed to get darker and darker —much like the pop/punk spiral of October herself, who draws influence from artists like Jim Morrison and the Doors, while still maintaining a unique, idiosyncratic style that audiences can relate to in this day and age. October is a performer in all sense of the word. She sings with passion and she moves with passion, while actively interacting with the closely huddled—and might I add very enthusiastic audience of the Whammy. An audience who was specially equipped with cameras and phones, desperately trying to capture the perfect moment, especially with popular hits such as “cherry cola” and “not the sweetest”.
Overall, a quality gig with the opportunity to meet some cool as people and listen to some sweet, sweet tunes. Living up to her name, October will be supporting Lontalius in October on his tour around Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. Catch her in Auckland on the 12th of October and give Ultra Red a listen, which is available on Spotify.
For when you want to dance, for when you want to cry, there is a blazing song for everyone.