It’s been a year since EMA’s thunderous debut album Past Life Martyred Saints arrived. It was an album which stood out because of its unbarred emotional intensity, and it was always going to take a lot to recreate that in a live setting.
This headlining show at Scala in King’s Cross is her last in London “for a while” and arrives off the back of a show stealing performance at Brighton’s Great Escape festival the previous weekend. Throughout this 80-minute set she is flanked by a band that includes a drummer, a guitarist/bassist and violinist/keyboardist, and while the three of them help replicate the visceral, tortured sounds of the record there’s no doubt as to who everyone’s sight is fixated on.
Erika M Anderson’s presence is striking. For one thing, she is six feet tall. For another, she struts around the stage with a swagger that oozes confidence.
Read the rest of this review at MusicOMH where you will also find some brilliant photos of the gig by Wunmi Onibudo.