The Invisible are a band I’ve been a huge fan of for years now. From their Mercury-nominated debut album, to 2012’s ‘Rispah’, and this year’s ‘Patience’, the three-piece have built up a growing and dedicated following. ‘Patience’, arguably their best album to date, with collaborations with the likes of Jessie Ware and Connan Mockasin, has seen them continue to grow, so it was with some excitement that I awaited their arrival on stage at the Bristol leg of their tour, the first time I’d seen them since their first album was out.
They opened with ‘Save You’, a track that perhaps best demonstrates the change in their sound for ‘Patience’, with frontman Dave Okumu’s stabbing guitar line driving the song throughout. Their live sound differs from that of the record. The change is one that makes it wholly a more ‘live’ experience. In contrast to the sharpness and perfection of the production, particularly on the most recent record, there is a far more raw and fuzzy sound to the music, but it is one that shows a different side to the band and the songs, and endears them even more to the listener. It was a style that continued through the first few songs of the set, the band moving quickly through ‘Love Me Again’ and ‘Best Of Me’, with the reception rapturous throughout.
Though the majority of the set was understandably given to the new album, older fans were rewarded when they broke into ‘Jacob & The Angel’. It was a highly-charged performance of an old favourite, before new album closer ‘K Town Sunset’ slowed the set down. It is a stand out track on the album, and the same can definitely be said for the live show, with the hook repeated over and over, the song morphing as it does so. Okumu took a moment to introduce ‘Oceans Of Purple’, a song he wrote immediately upon hearing the news of Prince’s death earlier this year, whom he said was his single greatest influence. The emotion felt by Okumu was palpable throughout the performance, with his solo at the end elongating, his passion telling all there was to tell.
They closed with a personal favourite of mine from the first album, ‘London Girl’. It was sped up from the recording, and the increased tempo buoyed all in the crowd, crowning a performance that we arguably should have come to expect from such an accomplished band. It was a night to savour from The Invisible, and if you have a chance to catch them at any of their future shows, it won’t be a decision you’ll regret.