WPGM Reviews: Static Dress Live At O2 Academy Islington (In Pictures)

The alternative music scene has seen many new artists blossom over the years, however few acts have taken the scene by storm quite like Static Dress. Having toured with artists such as Bring Me The Horizon, Creeper, Neck Deep and Knocked Loose, the Leeds based band have now embarked on their biggest headline tour to date.

In support of their debut album Rouge Carpet Disaster, Static Dress played their biggest show at London’s O2 Islington where they brought along Bodyweb and World of Pleasure for support. Bodyweb set the tone for the night perfectly with an overwhelming grunge metal display akin to Static Dress, yet equally distinctive to the Bodyweb themselves.

World of Pleasure would then blow the roof of the place with a shocking display of screamo metal. I should’ve expected this sound from the band, however seeing them take to the stage, dressed in similar fashion to Paramore, I was stunned once vocalist Jess Nyx began shrieking.

World of Pleasure was arguably the highlight of the night as they left everything out on the stage and even allowed their friends and crew to have a go on the mic in true underground metal style.

Once World of Pleasure left the stage, two stacks of TV screens were placed either side of the stage, giving Static Dress’ headline performance a greater production value than smaller shows would usually facilitate.

After a quick switch over, Static Dress eventually took to the stage to perform a 14 song set mainly playing off their debut album. Only omitting “cubical dialogue” and “Attempt 8” from Rogue Carpet Disaster, Static Dress rounded off their set with “vague” and “sober exit(s)” from their EP Prologue… (Comic Book Soundtrack), as well as, their single “safeword” and their biggest hit to date, “clean”.

During their set, frontman Oli Appleyard displayed gratitude and great showmanship throughout as he and the rest of the band performed the best I’ve seen them thus far. Sonically chaotic as ever, whilst boasting greater production value than ever before, Static Dress are a band on the rise, performing at their very best, yet still growing and improving as they go.

Considering this is their biggest headline show to date for their debut album, the boys from Leeds couldn’t have done any better, and if they keep up the outstanding momentum, they will certainly have bigger shows yet to come, so watch this space.

Words by Dan Harden // Photography by Martina Antonia Liberini

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