”The weekend of the 15th/16th/17th August was supposed to be ALTFEST but due to various issues relating to finance/management the event was cancelled!! One of the bands that was supposed to play the terminally ill festival was Clan Of Xymox. They had paid their travel costs and hotel bills in advance so it was up to someone to put on an alternative event so their losses were kept to a minimum. That someone was Frank Drake from Flag promotions. The 16th was the middle day of the swiftly organized SOS Fest, 3 days of Alternative fun with a diverse roster of bands such as XP8, Global Citizen, Deviant UK, Kommand+Kontrol, Spiritual Front etc. I could only attend on the Saturday & i turned up late due to issues of an alcoholic nature. So i only got to see the last song of Whispers In The Shadow’s set, so not enough exposure to pass comment. Next up were She Past Away. A duo from Turkey, they sound like the Cure crossed with The Sisters Of Mercy sonically & looked like Jesus Of Mary Chain Sartorially. I like the dark textures highlighted with flickering light that bounces around the sharp surfaces like light in a prism! I’ve just had another listen on Soundcloud and i don’t care that they sing in Turkish, it adds to the atmosphere and enhances ones imagination.Well worth a listen in my opinion7 i will comment on them again in future reviews!!”
”Clan Of Xymox i have not seen before. I first heard of them in the mid eighties through a friend but never really got into them that much even though they were label mates of Dead Can Dance, Wolfgang Press & Cocteau Twins etc.The only track i heard with any regularity was Muscovite Mosquito, a dance floor staple at my local Goth Club in the 80’s. The set comprised of tracks from their new Album ”Matters Of Mind, Body & Soul” accompanied by tracks from the albums ”Creatures” , ”Medusa” , ”Hidden Face” & ”In Love We Trust”. That set was a no frills, tight, professional affair devoid of un necessary banter & was pretty much as i expected, pensive, dreamy & melancholic, i felt that some tracks could have tried my patience if i was in a non responsive mood due to the dirge like qualities of a lot of tracks. i like dirges as much as the next goth but they can become a bit tiresome if performed one after another!”
”Overall this was a good show & i’ll definitely go & see Clan Of Xymox again!!”
New Album:- ”Matters Of Mind Body & Soul” Out NOW!!
I only popped out to see the Health Junkies! i turned up at The Unicorn, for those who don’t know it’s on the Camden Road halfway between Camden Town & Holloway. If you are into all things Black/Death/Speed/Thrash Metal & Punk you will find it here. And its free!!
To be honest i did not want to go out due the effects of alcohol & the excitement of the night before, that is another story so i won’t bore you with that here.In my rough n ready state i walked from my humble abode to The Unicorn & arrived in time to see the the last couple of songs of Grim Dylan & i’ll be honest they sounded like a cat being strangled whilst having its balls tickled with a razor!!
The Health Junkies on the other hand are great!! Glam Punk with a sense of sleaze, energetic, melodic & raw. I’m listening to the album ”Sick Note” whilst i write this and its bloody brilliant!! it’s distracting me from my writing and i end up staring into space only to jolt myself back into the moment with a ”What the hell was i writing about?” Oh yeah, it was this!! They sound like swirly whirl of Siouxie, T Rex,L7 & Hole, tart & sour with a sweet heart topped off with cream!!!” Yes, i know i use food metaphor a lot in my writing!!!Speaking of T Rex there rendition of 20th Century Boy from the album ”Sick Note” is punchy, punchy & Punchy! I sense a sprinkling of The Joan Jets!! And the bass is not walking, it’s running!! Up hill down hill, over the bridge under the bridge, across the road, through the park, love it!! The track ”Witches Of Lust” which was played on the night is also punchy & full on with the opening guitar riff sounding like its being played on sharpened cheese wire under extra tension, this is accompanied by drums which are assertive & imposing & the bass keeping things on a nice even keel. Nina Courson adds the Theatre to the proceeding by using up every inch of the stage to express her sentiments. She’s hard to pin down for ”The shot” & her blonde hair is the ever present curtain which hides the font of expression. But the energy is infectious & even though i did not dance i was shaken out of my booze infused lethargy from the night before.
A good band and a must see if you like your attitude married to melody!!!
If you talk to her
Never want it again
Witches of Lust
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”This is good this is!! I discovered Siiiii through the Mick Mercer Radio Show & i’ve been alternating play between Leisur: Hive’s ”3 Ton Edition” & ”Ancient” There are similarities!!
On first listen this sounds like Brendon Perry crossed with Birthday Party Crossed with Swans.It is haunting, pensive, grinding with pleading elements! The images in my head are of broken combustion engines, cogs and flywheels & lots of oil! Now i see the cuff of a blue dress, the embroidery torn & muddied!! Cut Throat razors and stropping! Dripping blood, wild eyed emphasis & enthusiasm!! The feeling of falling……………Into cathartic waters!!
I’ve now been listening for 20 minutes & now more layers are peeled back! The vocal surprises with Morrisey/Dave Gahn accents!! Although this is not intentional that is what springs to mind for me!! Coincidences? (Takes trip to bathroom with arse wiggling whilst listening to ”Rictus”) Arse still swaying to ”Equator” but i now have a sneer & intense look on my face!!
Jaunty guitar flourishes that remind me of another Yorkshire band,ermmm who are they now??
First Impression:- This is blooming marvelous!!!”