Skinny Puppy Live!!!!

30th May 2017

Kentish Town Forum, London

Support:- Ventenner

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”Skinny Puppy were on form this evening sharing songs of protest, tracks that question, music that pisses off and provokes a reaction, unlike at a One Direction gig where the only reaction you’d get from me  is of moving quite swiftly towards the exit!! The kentish Town Forum was quite full, not as full as when i saw Rob Zombie as there was space at the back  you could still walk through but a good crowd none the less. This would be the first time i have seen Skinny Puppy since they played the same venue around 2005. Nivek Ogre came onstage wearing a hypodermic needle suit, an allusion to his past addiction that needed attention due to the needles coming out or bending.There was a triangular display showing projections behind Nivek which complimented the stream of consciousness matter of fact abrasive vocal delivery that was filtered through a vocoder. I always  found this vocal delivery sinister and at times disturbing but always fascinating! It’s like listening to someone being garroted whilst they are suspended inside a rusty  drainpipe dripping with rancid water. I can almost taste the rusting metal and the cold foulness of the water!! The sound mix was excellent and i found myself shoulder bopping through out the set, as if trying to create some more room for myself inside the aforementioned drainpipe !! Standout tracks that go my shoulders bopping were ”Fascist Jock Itch” , ”DogShit” , ”VX Gas Attack”, ”Worlock” and ”The Choke”. The sound was strong and the vocals did not disappoint in any shape or manner, this was a fully rounded set!! It is a shame that i found the Ventenner set disappointing!! In my humble opinion the sound mix was terrible, there was no sound separation and the bass sounded too loud. I stood stage left left, then right and finally centre but the sound still sounded awful!! I think Ventenner are a good band, think NIN/Numan and the new album ”InVidia” is really good from what i have heard so far!! Track one is a screamer!!! I have seen them before at The Hope & Anchor in Islington and the sound there was a darn sight better!! maybe on this occasion the mix was slapdash so as to not upstage Skinny Puppy????”

”One other thing:- is there any chance Skinny Puppy T shirts could be made out of a better quality cotton?? A softer brushed cotton perhaps?? Just saying!!”

Skinny Puppy Set list:-

1:- Jahya

2:- Dogshit

3:- Fascist Jock Itch

4:- Death

5:- Tin Omen

6:- T.F.W.O.

7:- Curcible

8:- Hardset Head

9:- Village

10:- The Choke

11:- Worlock

12:- Killing Game

13:- Assimilate

14:- VX Gas Attack

15:- Candle

 

 

Links:-

http://skinnypuppy.com/

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ANILAH

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Album:- Warrior

Release Date:- January 4th 2014

All Images:- Copyright Anilah

 

”Anilah is the solo project of Drea Drury, a solo artist based in Western Canada, the Selkirk Mountains to be exact! I came across Anilah yesterday whilst looking up Wardruna material, i noticed that they have both collaborated on a track called Warrior (revisited) which was released on January 22nd 2015. This is brilliant!! I am currently listening to the album in Cafe Nero and it certainly creates a buffer between me and my surroundings, i hardly notice that they are there!! This album is relaxing, space creating and thought provoking! I feel centred into myself with my feet firmly grounded to the floor, what others do or think is of no concern of mine, what is of concern is my own feelings for myself!! Very Shamanic, very Native American with Norse intermingled!! I am transported to a time when connection to the gods and spirits was more pronounced, where the connections between this world and the next were more fixed, more concrete!! For Musical signposts think Dead Can Dance, Clannad and the aforementioned Wardruna!!”

 

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All links can be found through Anilah’s Bandcamp page

Cockatoo:- The Basement Tapes

”Another discovery i made whilst listening to The Mick Mercer Radio the other night are Cockatoo. Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada they comprise of Robyn Bright on vocals, Rod Wolfe on bass/Synths, Robert Burkosky on Drums and Rich Witherspoon on Guitar. The sound is reminiscent of all those 4AD bands that i used to listen to back in the day like Xmal Deutcheland, Wolfgang Press and The Cocteau Twins but above all they sound like wind swirling through the filigree metalwork on a set of stairs before bouncing off the solidly carved end posts that support the balustrades! Deep rich evocative bass with guitar that cuts like splintered glass, pointed and emphatic drums all topped off with crystal cold silky maple syrupy vocals. You have to listen to White Picket Fence, simply brilliant!!!”

Track List;-

1:- Otto’s song

2:- Tidal waves

3:- Unrequited

4:- Stupid Poppy

5:- White Picket Fence

You can Listen to Cockatoo here;-

http://cockatoocockatoo.bandcamp.com/album/the-basement-tapes-2

And you can get more information here:-

https://www.facebook.com/CockatooCockatoo

And you can watch them here:-