We went along to see Sweden’s alt-pop game-changers Avante Black play a surprisingly grungy show at The Old Blue Last in London.
Avante Black caused a bit of a storm late last year with their breakout (and first single proper) ‘Drug Money’, landing on Best of 2016 and ‘Ones To Watch 2017’ lists alike with their exploding alt-pop perfection. After catching the eye of BBC Radio 1 presenters through to a raft of online bloggers, the track’s success led to a remix by Scandi-pop favourites Anna Of The North and a colourful, prismatic video courtesy of Alden Volney – also responsible for eye-grabbing visuals for Jamie xx and Temples.
Counting songwriting references as varied as Florence and the Machine, Maggie Rogers and Lana Del Rey, the later really shone through in lead singer Ottlia Zimmerman Kjulsten’s hazy, shoegaze-esque live performance. With just the right level of cool nonchalance and unquestionable raw talent, Avante Black led their driving electronics into a performance that seemed utterly effortless despite a punk-esque energy and youthful spirit, with lead woman Ottilia front and centre.
It won’t be long before playing such intimate venues becomes a memory of Avante Black’s past, so Spindle went down to capture an important moment.