“My first thoughts, they told me, to lead the way, to lead the way”; and that’s exactly what Ashley Mulimba – front man for London five-piece HAUS – does. With lyrics fuelled by self-belief and a precise and energetic sound; HAUS’ live shows are fearlessly, professionally executed.
They’ve been on the circuit for a while; recently supporting Youth Club at The Lexington, and playing to a rammed Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival. On Wednesday night, they played another knock-out set at The Victoria in Dalston.
Opening with ‘Blinded’, (which aptly described the band’s vision, which was obscured by the dry ice fog), bassist Ellis told the crowd “We can’t see anything, but we can hear you!” as fans raised the roof for the songs which followed. Each track was greeted with dancing and cheers, but ‘Haze’ – the band’s first single – was the clear favourite, and it sparked an enthusiastic mosh pit; adding more fuel to the HAUS party fire.
Their funky, energetic music is underscored by soulful lyrics which champion self-belief; something which is mirrored in the band’s behaviour on stage. Ashley paves the way with his marvellous vocals, jumping in and out of the crowd, whilst guitarists Sam and Daniel are cool as fuck; swaying alongside energetic bassist Ellis, and drummer Lyle. They clearly enjoy every (well deserved) moment in the spotlight.
The lights went down, and the band left the stage; but they returned to the sound of more cheers and applause to play their final song, ‘Two Minds’. The latest single prompted a friendly stage invasion, and all were left ‘Blinded’ by their talent at the end of the night. Life in a ‘Haze’ is the only way to live, and HAUS should be at the top of your ‘to see’ list.
Photo Credit: Benny Ellis