Social House at Camden Assembly - Review
The American pop duo performed their first solo show in a sold-out Camden Assembly, and the crowd was treated to an energetic, vivacious and vibrant set.
Despite being a smaller venue, Camden Assembly was bouncing with Social House superfans. Whether they had previously seen them during Ariana Grande's Sweetener Tour or had come to watch them for the first time, the audience had arrived with anticipation - some even donned Social House's exclusive merchandise.
The night was opened by Curaçaon singer Blvckhaze, who entertained with her fresh twist on island pop. She exemplified old-school, reggae vibes which were infused with mainstream pop and R&B, getting the crowd moving and grooving excellently. She was the perfect support act and set the tone for Social House's introduction.
With the strobe lights flashing and the bass vibrating through the floor, the Pittsburgh duo came bounding onto the stage with huge smiles and lots of energy. Opening with Needy, a song originally featured on Scootie's album In Flight Service, they had the crowd animated and electrified from the get-go.
The gig included a mixture of music, featuring tracks from their EP Everything Changed, like Love Me Back, At Least We Can Say That We Tried and Tropical Rain. Each fan knew every single word to these songs, much to the surprise of Mikey and Scootie, who were happily shocked by this. They also performed tracks from their early rise into the world of pop music such as Magic in the Hamptons, Higher and Don't Kill My High. Again, these were favourites with the crowd and it appeared that the duo were buzzing to see so much love for their work.
With this being their first solo show, the guys decided to use it as a testing ground for their future releases. This was a delight for fans, getting an exclusive listen to music that hadn't been heard before. And from the reaction of the crowd, Social House should be thrilled and looking forward to when this music can be finally announced. Each song was diversely different in terms of production and genre, and you could tell that the boys were passionate about sharing their unheard tunes. My personal favourite was Electric, a bassy, R&B-infused track, featuring perfect harmonies that had the crowd swooning in awe. It's a shame that we don't know when the world will get to hear this music but it should most definitely be highly-anticipated and awaited.
The one thing that was clear during the show was the pair's gratitude. Whether they were proudly singing their smash-hit Boyfriend, or entertaining the crowd with a beat battle segment, Mikey and Scootie continued to express their thanks and gratefulness for the opportunity to perform and the energy from the audience. For any artist, appearing in front of fans that are lively and in high spirits is a big plus. But the duo were overwhelmed by the respect expressed in the room, and it made the night that bit more special. Even when closing the set with fan favourite Haunt You, encouraging the crowd to wave their torches during the song's chorus, the ongoing message throughout was about sharing love and having fun.
In terms of a first solo show, Social House should be so proud. As they explain on their website, they "aim to connect, identify, and help people through things" in their music so that they can really feel the emotion behind each of their songs. This deep connection between artist and audience is really quite unique and was displayed during their set. It's clear the pair are passionate about music and making sure that what they create can have some sort of impact. And they definitely impacted fans at Camden Assembly, leaving them with a night they will never forget.