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I Don’t Know How But They Found Me Please Passionate Audience at London Forum

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On the 31st of August, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (commonly shortened to iDKHOW) gave a killer set at The London Forum. Fronted by former Panic! At The Disco member, Dallon Weekes, iDKHOW evokes Panic! At The Disco’s early sound. While normally just comprised of Dallon Weekes (bass guitar and vocals) and Ryan Seaman (drums), they were also joined by a guitarist. At one point during the show, Weekes joked that they were the only musical duo that was made up of three members.

Coming right off of their Reading Festival set for a short UK tour before returning back home to the states, iDKHOW would be forgiven for being exhausted at this point; however, there was no tinge of tiredness in the performance that they gave. Instead, the band gave a lively set to a dedicated audience who hung onto Dallon Weekes’ every word. Having also recently seen iDKHOW perform at Reading Festival, it was interesting to note the difference between the two sets. While there’s nothing like the energy, sound system, and audience of a festival, there’s certainly something to be said about the freedom an artist gains from playing to a sold-out venue of die-hard fans. The audience was full of people wearing My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco, and, of course, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me band shirts. Having first gotten into music through My Chemical Romance, I felt at home with this audience. After talking to different groups of people there to see the band, I gathered that they understood the true power of music. People talk a lot about music’s ability to bring people together, but it also has the power to save someone’s life. The passion which the audience had for iDKHOW and their music, was the kind of passion someone only has while they’re being saved; when the outside world seems tough, and yet for an hour or two you can escape into live music and be surrounded by people who love it as much as you.

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The freedom which this granted to I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, allowed for the two standout moments of the set—a cover of The Cure’s ‘Boy’s Don’t Cry’ and a medley of early-2000 covers, including ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ and ‘I Want It That Way.’ I’m personally a sucker for a well-done cover, and these ticked all the boxes for what I like to see in cover songs. Weekes let his personal flair shine through, slowing each down drastically and infusing the songs with his unique and distinctly iDKHOW sound.

Overall, I Don’t How But They Found Me gave an incredible performance at The London Forum, and I would gladly go see them again. To stay up to date with the band, you can check out their website, Instagram, or YouTube.


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