The decorated yet low-key basement of Hoxton’s Zigfrid Von Underbelly is the perfect setting for an evening of melancholic folk-rock. Given the bar’s artistic European past, it is no wonder that the Anglo-Austrian collective, Two Ways Home, look so relaxed during their headlining evening.
Supported by Andrew Bayliss providing material reminiscent of Johnny Cash’s musicality and Emily Faye whose stage appearance ended with a great folk cover Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’, Two Ways Home ‘s performance set them apart with their innovation to make country current.
Two Ways Home are a relatively new group, forming in the winter of 2014, making their Hoxton show a perfect celebration of folk-rock outfit’s first year and release of their new EP ‘Better Days’. Their confidence and stage presence comes across as experienced as they engage with the crowd that has filled the basement bar. Although folk-rock is not new to the UK mainstream, Two Ways Home re-invent the sound with beautiful matched vocals from Lewis Fowler and the talented multi-instrumentalist Isabella Marie, who seamlessly switches from ukulele to tambourine to autoharp during the set. Complete with a disciplined drummer, guitarist and bassist, the group’s live interaction oozes fun and energy.
Having recently released ‘Better Days’, the band effortlessly roll through their newer tracks such as Just For Now and Still In Love, injecting each with emotion and enthusiasm. Never wavering, the harmonies between Isi and Lewis compliment the band’s continuing hypnotic sound especially as the group take on Adele’s latest single, ‘Hello’. The brave re-imagining of biggest pop single of the year with a country twist was upbeat, yet showed the versatility of up-and-coming group. With 2015 drawing to a close, Two Ways Home are already teasing their plans for the next year, which we’re positive will see them go on to huge things.