Think of one of the words that has been on everyone’s lips this summer.
If your guess was teen J-Pop/metal infusion Babymetal, then you’re spot on (no points for anyone talking about the potential S Club 7 reunion…). The trio of girls who’s average age is only 15 have managed to very easily take over the world in such a short amount of time, since the video for their track ‘Gimme Chocolate’ managed to go viral on YouTube. Since then they have conquered Japan, and then went on to perform on the main stage at Sonisphere Festival. Not willing to stop there with wooing over the British metal scene, they took to the Kentish Town Forum, London to put on an intimate sold out show to the lucky few who managed to grab tickets.
Many of those who made up the crowd with their mohawks and tattoos didn’t look like they’d be interested in a troupe of teenage girls, but Babymetal’s unique style that fits sugary sweet vocals with a killer metal backing track is nothing to be scoffed at. The impressive stage show that they put on with mesmerising dance moves to boot didn’t seem like it would fit on The Forum’s small stage, but when the three headed out in matching black and red outfits, it was clear they were going to make it work somehow.
Naturally there was little-to-no verbal interaction between the band and their audience due to their English not being all that fluent, but they definitely made up for it with the spectacle that they put on, drawing every single person in the room to be involved. It was certainly a gig to dance along to rather than sing along, as there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of Japanese speakers in the room, but the change from the usual scene did not go unappreciated by the packed out hall. The set list treated those in attendance to other songs the girls have released videos for, such as ‘Megitsune’ and ‘Doki Doki☆Morning’, before they finished off their main set with ‘Gimme Chocolate’ which everyone seemed to know the words to… well, they were making sounds that sounded like the words, anyway.
There was a short, two song encore which at the end of saw the three teens flounce off the stage and leave the audience a little speechless at what they had just witnessed – an epic showcase of catchy songs, great dance moves and peculiarities which Japanese bands are quite famous for.