LIVE REVIEW: IDER, Shoreditch Town Hall, 19/10/2017

Rising London duo IDER know how to make an entrance. On song we’ve been fans since day one, and tonight on stage they emerge on stage mesmerising a capella introduction.

Self-assured and confident in their harmonies, the crowd watch and listen to Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville with silent admiration, but it isn’t long before the pair change direction, jolt us with pace, and perform the much-loved Pulse and the exceptional new single Learn To Let Go, both without missing a beat. It may just be a support gig (for the hallowed Ibeyi, no less), but they certainly don’t hold back.

It’s refreshing to see both Markwick and Somerville swapping instruments throughout their set, both from the perspective of variance and to give people a clear indication that both women have an equal part to play within IDER. Both present raw and edgy vocals on stage, particularly apparent during the deeper bass notes present in the majority of their songs.

They’re also full of surprises. A slowed-down version of Roses by Outkast makes for an unusual and unexpected choice of cover, but fits in perfectly with their cracking setlist. Which, as it happens, ends with both Gut Me Like An Animal and a veritable high. To think that this is just IDER doing a support slot is tantalising as hell; one thing we can take away from tonight is that their own headline tour will definitely not disappoint, especially when an expansion of their repertoire seems imminent.

Shelley Cornes

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