Review: King Krule at Columbiahalle 

London native musician King Krule, real name Archy Marshall, hit the stage in pre pandemic Berlin –  here is indieBerlin’s review of Marshall’s concert at Columbiahalle! Archy Marshall, acclaimed musician from South London and a recent father of his first-born, has garnered a dedicated homegrown fan base with his peculiar look and sound. Born out of the 25-year-old British […]

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London native musician King Krule, real name Archy Marshall, hit the stage in pre pandemic Berlin –  here is indieBerlin’s review of Marshall’s concert at Columbiahalle!

Archy Marshall, acclaimed musician from South London and a recent father of his first-born, has garnered a dedicated homegrown fan base with his peculiar look and sound. Born out of the 25-year-old British artist’s lived experience, the principal concerns of his recently released third full-length album revolve around visceral themes such as loneliness and pre-fatherhood. Marshall hit the stage at Columbiahalle with a full band accompanying him just before the virus essentially shut down the entire city. 

Arriving to a packed out venue, filled with a crowd fitted out in King Krule appropriate dress –namely loose fitting skatewear and proto-Normcore, this reviewer was excited to see how the subdued outlook portrayed on the artist’s popular albums and mixtapes would translate to a live performance space. Marshall’s work has always hinged on a kind of catharsis, both in its subject matter and execution – his rasping vocal transmitting a kind of dark energy, would it be enough to move the throng assembled in Columbiahalle?  

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Hardly tuneful but undeniably magical, King Krule’s vocal talents did indeed fill the buzzing hall to some extent, but a low level of interaction with a difficult crowd may have made things a little more complex for Marshall on the night. The hits – of which there are many, were met with rapturous applause, but one couldnt help thinking the audience response was a little lacklustre – perhaps Archy Mashall and his stripped-down UK-centric show is a bit too earthy for the German scene? At one point, Marshall threw his guitar to the floor in exclamation as a particular piece arrived at its climax – but found little response in the sea of people in front of him, bar core members of the crowd at the very front. 

Perhaps the references were a little undefined to the wider audience, and it could be argued the sound was in need of some tweaks – Marshall’s whole sound is buoyed by deep, Dub basslines – but there’s a danger these frequencies can swallow the rest of the action, and one couldn’t help feeling like this was the case on the night in particular pockets of the venue . Nevertheless, the hall remained packed with slowly swaying, and undeniably impressed audience till the encore, and all in all the show felt full and alive and a solid night out for King Krule fans across Berlin. 

 

Photography: Reuben Bastienne-Lewis