Not much is known about The Japanese House, other than that she appeared from what seems out of nowhere earlier this year. Londoner Amber Bain is in fact the star of the show, and has managed to rack up an insane amount of attention due to her association with The 1975. Don’t consider her a hanger-on by any means however, as the 19-year-old has talent beyond her years — something she proved as she took to the stage at London’s Barfly on 15th October.
Being a sold out show, expectations were high as the small room filled with what seemed to be far too many people. Most of them young fans of The 1975 who have crossed over by way of connecting further with their favourite band, but a good number of older people we in attendance, clutching their pints and checking their phones frequently as soon as 9:45pm neared. The Japanese House has managed to already released an EP entitled Pools To Bathe In, and her second will see a release on 6th November via Dirty Hit Records. However, without an album, a short set was expected by most and ultimately delivered.
One thing that knocks Bain back is the lack of stage confidence she possesses. She performs beautifully, but in-between songs there’s an absence of crowd interaction as she mutters a quiet “thank you”, then continues on with the next song. As a new artist this is entirely forgivable, but hopefully as she furthers he career she will be able to develop a certain nerve that will have her interacting with her fans more. Performing all four tracks from her debut EP, ‘Teeth’, ‘Pools To Bathe In’, ‘Sister’ and ‘Still’, the latter of which being both her debut and breakthrough track released in March of this year.
The latest release, ‘Cool Blue’, made an appearance, alongside ‘Letter By The Water’, ‘Sugar Pill’ and ‘Clean’ which are all to be featured on the second EP, Clean. The eight track set flew by, and the audience undoubtedly noticed as they were pushed out the door by 10:20PM. For a new artist with a small amount of material perhaps a headline set mayn’t have the best choice for her considering the short performance it provided, but with a support slot on The 1975’s Australian tour, perhaps this will give her opportunity both build her onstage confidence whilst giving time to expand her catalogue allowing her to to deal with the newly-found success.