Nascent star K.Flay lit up Adelaide Hall this past week, playing to a tightly packed sold out venue that went wild for her blend of hip-hop, alternative rock, and electronic music. The versatile Kristine Flaherty wowed the crowd with her irrepressible energy and earthy voice, applying the latter successfully to a variety of styles.
The primary of which is a blend of skittering hip-hop beats and slinky, dark bass grooves while Flaherty motor-mouths her way through personal confessions of love and loss. Songs like “So Fast, So Maybe” and “Can’t Sleep” are solid examples of her sound- probably why they were used as an introduction to her set.
Many of her lyrics are about former flames, and the various happenings during and after the relationships. There’s little to no maudlin sentiment here though, and all the stories told are casual and unadorned, as if she’s telling them to close friends. So even when the show got a little quieter (the bare bones “Wishing it was You”), the tone was still consistent with Flaherty’s party girl persona.
A persona that gets even more vivid during the more rock-driven songs. The stage at Adelaide Hall may be tiny, but Flaherty made full use of it, even climbing up onto her amps and performing hunched under the ceiling. The audience appreciated this sort of interaction, going wild when she pulled out bangers like “FML” and the current riff-based single “Blood in the Cut”. With energy like this, it’s only a matter of time before K.Flay will be playing stages ten times the size of this one, with a lot more room for her to thrash!