O.R.K at The Underworld, London - live review
Venue: The Underworld, London
A strong performance from prog supergroup featuring members of King Crimson and Porcupine Tree
With the venue tonight at maybe half‑capacity, despite a headline act that includes members of King Crimson and Porcupine Tree, LizZard refuse to let the audience have a lazy night off. Frontman Mathieu Ricou doggedly works to whip some energy into the crowd, and his persistence pays off with a vociferous reception for the France-based trio.
The band hit hard with the abrasive guitar riff that opens Singularity, and their set is jammed with clever songwriting, balancing intricate, odd measures with hooky melodies. Ricou makes nimble use of a loop pedal to layer guitar parts on top of each other in Vigilent and Leaving The Dream, while drummer Katy Elwell never seems to miss a step, even in the twists and turns of The Roots Within (Majestic).