JACK OFF JILL LIVE!!!!!

Venue:- The Electric Ballroom, Camden High Street, London.

Date:- 21/10/15

 

©ClaudiaBlack2015

©ClaudiaBlack2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”Jack off Jill are a band that i first heard in the mid 1990’s due to their association with Marilyn Manson. They were taken under Mansons wing in Florida and honed their craft by touring with him around that state. They broke up around 2000 and i thought that i’d never get a chance to see them live. Until earlier this year when i checked their website and noted that they were reforming for one last tour and 2  of the dates would be in London. i tried to get a photo pass for the Electric ballroom gig but alas  i was not successful but a friend did have a spare ticket and  i jumped at the chance to buy it!!”

 

©ClaudiaBlack2015

©ClaudiaBlack2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”The electric ball room was packed when i arrived around 8:30. was there a support band? I’ve no idea and i don’t care!! i was only there for them. the place was packed to the rafters as the event was sold out. from what i can gather youngsters outnumbered the older fans from back in the day, most of them were not even a drunken thought in their parents eye when Jack Off Jill started, you could tell by the youthful exuberance emanating around the place. Jack Off Jill were not short of energy themselves for a band in their late 30’s early 40’s, the boost from the audience i’m sure was a big help too!”

 

©ClaudiaBlack2015

©ClaudiaBlack2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”They were doing a roaring trade in merchandise i saw! i did not buy anything though due to spending money on t shirt over the previous weekend. I don’t think the store stopped trading even when the band came onstage!! Anyway, the music!! Exuberant, raunchy and in your face small portions of female angst ,rage and sorrow drizzled with a bittersweet veneer!!  Jessikas voice is as strong as it was back in the day with a gruff world weary edge and  tattooed with experiences that have informed and instructed and strengthened but at the end of the day would rather not have experienced! Sounds a bit like Hole or Juliette Lewis and the licks!!All the favorites are there like Nazi halo (you go so low your faggot rainbow your Nazi Halo won’t save you this time), my cat ( My cat isn’t crazy He’s everything to me My cat burns the bible And he thinks it’s so funny)and cumdumster (  You call, and I’ll answer Make me understand Why I have to hate you That’s quite ok  C-c-c-c-cumdumpster  C-c-c-c-cunt  C-c-c-call me clever  Is that still ok      ) were all played and given raucous applause by an audience that seemed to know all the words to all the songs as if learned by heart!! After just over an hour of play and a short  encore which a short dialogue about body shaming and a rendition of The Cures ” Love Song” the night was over!!”

 

i enjoyed myself, the band enjoyed themselves and the audience certainly enjoyed themselves!! I want to see them again!!

 

”The photos are rubbish due to no one getting photo passes, DSLR’s were not allowed in under any circumstances so the camera on my phone had to do, as you can see it’s not a very good one!!”

 

9/10

 

 

 

LINKS:-

 

https://www.facebook.com/Jack.Off.Jill.band

http://www.jackoffjill.com/

 

 

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Dir En Grey Live at The 02 Academy Islington

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No photo pass this time so it was poor mobile shots!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”What can i say?? Dir En Grey have been around since the late 1990’s and their style has morphed over the years but it can be described as Prog Metal, Alt Metal, Nu Metal, experimental Metal with pop and Visual Kei overtones. Their name is made up of words from different languages and was originally used because it sounded ”right”. There is now no meaning other than being a signpost to the band itself. I got into Dir En Grey around 7 years ago and i’ve played the albums ”Withering To Death” , ”marrow To The Bone” and ”Ourobouros” to death!! There are nine albums in all, ”Arche” of which is the latest!!”

 

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”I have finally ticked them off of my ”Got to see before i die” list, They are brilliant live, full of energy that is consumed by the crowd and then shot right back at them! at times i had shivers running down my spine due to the crowd noise and the vocal gymnastics of lead singer Kyo. I got the impression that there was a ”sonic 69” going on between artist and onlooker because the energy got quite intense.”

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”Kyo’s vocals are amazing!! he is a Japanese Diamanda Galas, one minute crooning, then screeching like a banshee then growling like a demon possessed before shifting into clean vocal mode and hitting the high notes like a well honed operatic diva. It was like watching a musical painting being painted right in front of me, the low and growling darks followed by high and clean whites all used to great effect to create an impressive whole!! The only thing that would get me to watch Baby Metal live is if Dir En Grey were headlining!! Seriously, they are that good!! i don’t care that i cannot understand Japanese, so what!! Everything else makes up for that and i can always use my imagination to conjure my own unique interpretations!! I’ll definitely be going to see these guys again!!!”
”The support band, Rise Of The Nothstar, not really my cup of tea and from where i was standing up iin the balcony when they played i did not get the full force of their sound. The youngsters liked them though, each to their own!!”

 

 

Links:-

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir_En_Grey

https://www.facebook.com/direngreyofficial

http://direngrey.co.jp/

 

THE SISTERS OF MERCY AND BLACK MOTH LIVE!!

Venue:- The RoundHouse Camden 18th October 2015

 

 

The Sisters Of Mercy

The Sisters Of Mercy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”Now that i have slept and metabolized all the doom bar i drank last night and fortified myself with chicken livers i can offer my thought on last night proceeding s at the RoundHouse!! Black Moth were more enjoyable than The Sisters Of Mercy!!! Their sludge rock sound was a lot more interesting to listen to because it was fresher and played by a bunch of people that have not been hamstrung by age and thus still have a spring in their step. Andrew Eldritch sounded tired and it felt like he was going through the motions at times. The music did not have the oomph it had back in the day and all i could hear at times was screeching!! I mean seriously, how long can you keep on serving the same fare to your admirers without adding something new to the mix to freshen and spice things up?? But people are not there for new stuff are they? They are there to hear the old classics that were the sound track for a generation of goths back in the early eighties to the early nineties! ”First and Last and Always” , ”This Corrosion”, ”Lucretia” , ”Temple of Love” etc did not sound the same to me and i did not have the same level of enthusiasm for them as i used to. I think the high priest of Goth forgot the words to Temple Of Love too if i am not mistaken! I think i’ll listen on vinyl/cd/mp3 from now on and get my kicks that way!! i got bored after taking a few photos, which was bloody difficult from where i was standing on the right hand side of the stage not only because of the dry ice but also because of the jostling!! I could not be bothered to fight my way into the front row so i took some shots from the side and went in search of some ale, way too much ale for a Sunday night but hey….”

 

 

Harriet Bevan Of Black Moth

Harriet Bevan Of Black Moth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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” I’m not at all familiar with Black Moths output but they sound a bit like BRMC crossed with Black Sabbath crossed with The Stooges. I just listened to their track ”Room 13” on YouTube, it’s a cracking track!! Harriet Bevan’s vocals sound like something i’ve heard before but when i think i have got my answer it slips back into the recesses of my brain with a teasing smirk accompanied by the refrain ”No you haven’t!! No you haven’t!!….!! They were definitely on the money tonight and looked like they were enjoying themselves, to start with not many people were in the auditorium to experience them but gradually the place filled up and eyes and ears aligned themselves in stage direction showing genuine interest!!”

 

 

The Sisters Of Mercy

The Sisters Of Mercy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”To sum up, i am glad i went!! i am glad to have had the experience!! It was nice to see a harem of Goths all under one roof and it was nice to bump into old friends from the past! will i go again in 10 years time, if Andrew Eldritch still has some energy left? Who knows……….”

 

 

 

 

LINKS:-

http://www.thesistersofmercy.com/

https://www.facebook.com/The-Sisters-of-Mercy-Official-Fanpage-162263750576884/info/?tab=page_info

http://www.themothpit.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/themothpit?fref=ts

http://www.last.fm/music/Black+Moth

BubbleGum Screw, Global Noise Attack, Mis-Made and The Underrunners Live!!!!!

VENUEs:- Nambucca Holloway Road and The Pipeline, 94, Middlesex Street E1 7DA

”Friday and Saturday i was out at gigs so i have decided to amalgamate the two nights into one review. A lot of the bands  that played i did not see because i did not arrive early so i will only mention them briefly. Bordello Rose and Hung Over i missed on Friday and The Court Of Sybaris i missed on Saturday so obviously i have no views to share, links are below so you can check them out yourselves!!

The Underrunners

The Underrunners

Friday:- Firstly i saw The Underrunners, a band that plays regularly on the London live scene! A very workman like band always out and about exposing their sound to new and old audiences alike, at the moment they are working in a new guitarist as i’ve mentioned in a previous review who is giving a new dimension/dynamic to the sound/setup. I look forward to how things progress in the coming months!! Tonights set was peppered with tracks such as ”Joyrider”, “Gone Generation” and ”The Party’s Over”

”The Mis-Made i was not too keen on on first listen, a lot of that had to do with the poor sound in the venue!! The Underrunners sounded flat and tinny in places, no resemblance to their usual full, rounded and meaty sound, the PA sounded bloody awful and that did not change when The Mis-Made played! The Guitars lacked oomph and the vocals stood too far out in the mix, in my opinion!! I have since listened to their punk pop tunes online and they are a lot fuller and even toned!!”

BubbleGum Screw

BubbleGum Screw

”BubbleGum Screw? Think The Stooges, Mick Jagger and Hanoi Rocks all thrown together into a cooking pot and you get where i’m coming from!! This is dirty, edgy in your face rock that grabs your attention, if you were in a club not in view of the stage and these guys came on you’d make your way to the stage to check them out!! I like them!! I like the confident and cocky attitude!!. Oh, and the sound had miraculously improved by th time these guys took to the stage!! Strange that!!”

Saturday:-”The Underrunners play their second gig of the weekend!! This time the sound in the venue was a darn sight better than the night before, their sonic wares were given more justice by a fuller, rounder sound that pulsed out into the crowd and caressed instead of tapping you on the shoulder with a bony finger. The vibe onstage was a lot better too, it came across more positively!!” A similar setlist to the night before and i liked Eva Menons outfit!! It was a bit loose around the midriff and when i suggested stapling it to her belly she told me to fuck off, in a jocular manner of course!!”

Global Noise Attack

Global Noise Attack

”Global Noise Attack? Stomping repetitive guitar riffs a la Rob Zombie/Ministry crossed with the electronic heart of The Prodigy fronted by a scary looking Cat Weazle Character by the name of Jr Benucci!! Very in your face,if one could imagine for one moment waking up in a dark basement on a gurney with the fogginess of an ether induced sleep wearing off and seeing a character looking like a cross between Fagin and Catweazle glaring at you wide eyed and maniacal whilst the seriousness of your situation is tempered by a bare arse and a studded jockstrap then you get the picture!! some people in the crowd were wide eyed, bemused, uncomfortable, fascinated, but what ever their feelings they won’t forget Global Noise Attack in a hurry!!”

”There was another band on the bill that i’d never seen before who were very good live but due to an attitude problem (Check below!) which i found quite grating and totally out of order i will not mention their name here or give them publicity!!” I wrote a review of this band and due to distraction or tiredness i forgot to paste that review ito this blog, hence the abuse below! Mouth running off on one before the brain slipped into first gear it seems!!”

”I like The Pipeline venue, never been here before but it’s a short walk from Liverpool Street Station and Spitelfields Market so handy for a drink after a days shopping or a long train journey down from Essex/Suffolk/Norfolk. More of a rock themed bar than a rock pub but hey!! You can’t have it all!!

LINKS:-

https://www.facebook.com/TheUnderrunners/info

https://www.facebook.com/TheMisMade/info/?tab=page_info

https://www.facebook.com/Global-Noise-Attack-188267444524234/info/?tab=page_info

SexWitch

VENUE :- XOYO, Old Street ,London, 29/9/2015

 

 

Natasha Khan Of SexWitch

Natasha Khan Of SexWitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOYO is an ok venue! It’s in Cowper Street which is a short walk from Old Street Roundabout so transport to/from the venue is pretty straight forward! The venue  consists of a ground floor bar which reminded me of a cross between Electrowerkz and The Lexington! It was a bit clean and sterile in my view, more to do with the crowd than the venue I think! Anyway, £9.50 for a pint of lager and a pint of coke! Good job Sainsbury was just around the corner so I could continue imbibing after the gig!

 

 

Natasha Khan Of SexWitch

Natasha Khan Of SexWitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, SexWitch!! Not too long in existence so the set was short, around 30 minutes roughly! They are an amalgam of TOY and Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes! I’ve seen TOY and they are good, I’ve never seen Bat For Lashes but Natasha sounded very Siouxie Sioux with a Daemonia Nymphe like backing!! The venue was packed to the rafters and i suspect that many there were not aware of the similarities, but my impression was of the aforementioned bands without the visual spectacle, Ms Khan being sufficient eye candy for many. I’ll definitely go see this band again when their material is a little bit more extensive but I did come out of the venue feeling satiated and satisfied, but i just thought, just like food sometimes a smaller portion to start leads you to wanting more and i think i want more!!

 

 

 SexWitch

SexWitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexwitch

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sexwitch/811788752251725?fref=ts