Normally when you go to The Box on the Lower East Side, you have to mentally prepare yourself for what you may witness there. To say that the “theatre of varieties” goes for “shock” value is an understatement. Hailey Knox’s performance on Tuesday night was shocking in the best and most pleasant way possible.
The seventeen year old singer opened her set with the unreleased “Take It or Leave It.” She was a little nervous at the start but immediately eased into the song after the audience’s positive reception. She followed with her new single, “Geeks,” which is a theme song for those who were less popular, but will one day take over the world. The lyrics in this track and the others, which Knox co-wrote, deal with common themes of acceptance, love, and pop culture in a refreshing way. It was impressive to see the teenager’s realistic understanding of the complexities of life and relationships that many of those twice her age have not grasped.
Knox has garnered a strong social media and web following since she began posting and live streaming videos. In these videos she not only plays unique covers, but she discusses what it is like to break into the music business. True to form, Knox provided anecdotes and revealed her gregarious personality by making funny faces throughout the set. She closed the night with an expressive cover of LunchMoney Lewis’ “Bills.”
After the release of her debut single “Geeks” on May 20th, Knox gained increased recognition. The track has already been featured on Spotify’s Weekend Buzz playlist and Apple Music’s Best of the Week list. One can expect that these won’t be the only accolades Knox will receive once her debut album is released on June 24th on S-Curve Records.
Article: Alx Bear