LUXURY STRANGER & COLD IN BERLIN LIVE!!

Venue:- Nambucca, Holloway Road, London.

Date:- 24th September 2016

 

Luxury Stranger

Luxury Stranger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”The sound was very good tonight, this was a good set!! There were a few people in the crowd who have been following the band for quite a while, but one of them was on stage playing bass, he was good he was! A different dynamic to the one I have been used to, no live drummer at the moment but the drum machine does it’s job! The vocals were as strong and  chocolatey  as usual, the bass accented, assertive and full! The new version of ”When The Lady Takes The Blame” is a prime example of this strength! The venue was not packed but there was a good crowd in, i’d say around 40 people!! Why Luxury Stranger are not playing to 100+ people on a regular basis is beyond me, they are one of the hardest working, dedicated and unpretentious bands around, playing gigs of around 100 minimum should be the norm!!!”

 

 

 

Cold In Berlin

Cold In Berlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”I have never seen Cold In Berlin before! I enjoyed the experience, they reminded me of Black Moth, a bit doom and shoegazey, Doomgaze i’d say!! The lead singer, Maya spent a lot of time performing in the audience which was tricky for me with photos, it was dark in amongst the crowd and I don’t use flash,  but both parties fed off of each other and the energy blew the to be mentioned rustiness off the surface!  I met Maya in the loo after and she said they were a bit rusty, I said that if that is what they sounded like rusty then what the hell do they sound like on top form!!? I will try and get to see them again when they play with Christian Death in October at the 02 Islington!!”

Both of these bands deserve your attention!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Ministry Live!!

Venue:- The Kentish Town Forum, London, UK

Date:- 20/8/2016

NO unauthorised use of Images!!!!

Al Jourgensen

Al Jourgensen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”I didn’t know if i’d make this show! I sent numerous emails to different agencies requesting photo passes and not one had the decency to email back with a positive or negative response, which i find is disgraceful!! Not knowing if i had got a pass or not i decided to go to the show anyway, with my not so good back up camera, i was not expecting a pass to be waiting for me, and a massive hangover from the night before. When i arrive at the venue the security assumed that i was press and ushered me inside the venue to get my pass, which was a good start!! I tell the girl behind the glass who i was working for and she looks through a long list, my name is not on it!! Another girl looks through the list again and again my name is not there! Finally she radios for advice and then picks up a clip board, what’s underneath? A photopass!! Brilliant i thought! Why can’t these people email confirmation, emailing is so easy and it takes no more than 30 seconds to send one, i know i’ve done it!!”

 

Al Jourgensen

Al Jourgensen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”Anyway, on to the show! Ministry had just taken to the stage when i arrived, i could hear the loud raptures of the crowd as the trademark abrasiveness commenced! I fought my way through the dense crowd to the front, entered the photo pit and took 31 photos with my shit camera for 3 songs! One photo i did not get was when the bassist flipped me the bird, the camera conked out temporarily! The band were up for a great show and so were the crowd, there was plenty of energy directed at the stage, lots of air punches and horn gestures! I’m not au fait with all Ministry’s out put but i remember NWO, Just One Fix, Stigmata and as an encore Psalm 69. Most of the tracks got my foot stomping and my head banging especially the aforementioned tracks!! There was a great energy in the venue and it was packed to the rafters. Thoroughly good show and i’m glad i went!!”

 

 

1:- Hail to His Majesty (Peasants)

2:- Punch in the Face

3:- PermaWar

4:- Rio Grande Blood

5:- Señor Peligro

6:- LiesLiesLies

7:- Waiting

8:- N.W.O.

9:- Just One Fix

10:- The Missing

11:- Deity

12:- Stigmata

13:-Thieves

Encore 1:-

14:- Psalm 69

15:- So What

16:- Khyber Pass

Encore 2:-
17:- Gates of Steel
(DEVO cover)

 

Links:-

http://www.aljourgensen.com

http://www.facebook.com/ministry

 

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Mortiis Live!!

Date:- 28/5/2016

Venue:- The Garage, Highbury Corner, Islington, London, Uk.

Support:- Die Kur, Ventenner and Seraph Sin

 

”Short and sweet this review!! Just like the support for Mortiis, short and sweet! Just enough music from each band on the bill to wet the appetite and get us all ready for the main course! And the main course, Mortiis was mesmerising, in my opinion!! Havard Ellefsen is a seasoned performer, every movement, every dread shake, every shake of the finger was carried out with a purpose, nothing was put on, nothing felt fake, no going through the motions here, this was a real visceral spectacle that had the front row staring glassy eyed with satisfied smiles. Die Kurs set went down well with the crowd, another no nonsense set with no distracting frills or frippery followed by Ventenner, a band i have known about but not heard before! There set was hard and  pulse like with an interesting use of abrasive guitar textures floated of the top of the back beat like rusty gossamer strands! Seraph Sin, the penultimate band on i have never heard of before, i thought they were Italian but in actual fact they were from Scotland. There is a NIN vibe running through all the bands, some more than others, apart from Mortiis! They sound like, ermmm, well, Mortiis!!!”

 

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Die Kur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ventenner

 

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Seraph Sin

 

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Mortiis

 

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Mortiis

 

 

LINKS:-

http://www.diekur.net

http://www.ventenner.com

https://www.facebook.com/SeraphSin

https;//facebook.com/officialmortiis/info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN 2016

Friday 13th May to Monday 16th May

Leipzig, The Federal State Of Saxony, Germany.

”My first experience of Wave Gotik Treffen, or WGT for short was an interesting, fascinating but overall tiring one!! A lot of walking was done and as i sit here writing this i can feel the aches and pains in my muscles quite acutely! Where do i start? Well, Leipzig is a nice city 99 miles south of Berlin that you can get to either by Deutsche Bahn (DB) train or by Flixbus. My Flixbus ticket was  6.90 euros one way from SudKreuz in Berlin and i can say that the journey was a much more enjoyable one than an equivalent journey on National Express. The internet actually works, you can press a button on the overhead consul if you need refreshments and the seats are very comfortable! It was a hot sunny day when i arrived in Leipzig and the first thing i saw, apart from trams was a humungously long queue of goths, some dressed in their best finery in the stifling heat waiting to collect their wristbands. Unfortunately i could not collect my wristband opposite the Hauptbahnhof, i had to get a number 11 tram down to the Agra Messpark on Bornaische Strase. After being met on Goethestrase by Richard, my first stop was at The Absintherie Sixtina. The Absintherie Sixtina is well known haunt in Leipzig that not only sells beer but as you’d expect from the name it sells absinthe. 100 types of absinthe can be bought varying in strength from 45%abv to over 80%abv! if you want to try an absinthe devil at 62%, a cannabis absinthe at 80% or a segarra absenta at 44% then this is the place to go! Leipzig is a nice city. Around 500,000 people live here, it’s a  mixture of old German architecture and modern,with an excellent transport system which is efficient and quick, non of this stop start bullshit you get in London!!. The Hauptbahnhof is an impressive building so is the Augusteum and Paulinum! You can even buy bottles of beer on some commuter trains and as i experienced after becoming familiar with one of the guards, when i took the last train back to my digs early in the morning the guard would pipe up with ” Beer!! beer??” She’d even open it for me!! I love Leipzig!!”

”There is a nice market in Leipzig also selling fresh produce, meat, fish, vegetables etc surrounded by all the usual stuff you’d expect to see in London but the only recognisable names i saw were Subway, Burger King and Primark. The Primark there did not have that cough inducing dust floating around in the air after you’d pick up a garment to scrutinise it’s polyester content so i did not leave retching like a smoker on 60 a day after my visit! The Gothic Shops i saw had some interesting stuff in them, items from Dracula Clothing, New Rock and Killstar to name but a few! A bit pricey but no more pricey than you’d expect to pay for stuff in London. For company i had the pleasure of an lady from Hampstead, London called Cathy, we were chalk and cheese in regards to musical tastes but having another person to speak to in english was a godsend!! We had a walk about through the city centre taking in the sun and the sights, watching the goths watching each other, preening like peacocks in the mid May Sun whilst the locals went about their business with a mixture of fascination, bemusement and indifference! After all they have had 25 years to get used, assimilate and embrace the festival which brings in a lot of money over a four day period, give the city a bit of spice and at the same time bring in your conventional tourist who also take in the spectacle!! Leipzig is a city that i will be visiting again, maybe in December for the Christmas Market.”

”Speaking of Markets, The market at the agra park was a case of merchandise overload for me!! Everything and anything that i would have bought if i had an unlimited budget was there! New Rock boots, hoodies and tops from Anki Designs Berlin, Andrea Hamer handmade bags, The quality of a lot of the garments was top notch and there was a lot more flair in design than products i’ve seen back in London, I felt invigorated because the designs had vigour!! To take everything in and try on a few of the wares would require me to have spent a few hours over a couple of days but  i had a job to do and that was take in as much of the festival as possible and get an overview, my overview was positive!!”

”One thing that did not impress me one jot was the graffiti in some of the streets encircling the city centre. Take Bornaische Strase for example!! Everything was covered in this god awful tagging!! Bus stops, tram stops, windows, lamp posts, door steps, seats, you name it and it was graffitied. It made the place look dirty, like an unwashed posh lady who had had way to much to drink and decided that it was a great idea to have some other pissed person doodle on her arm!!! Not nice!!”

”In regards to the festival a lot of travelling/walking was involved to get around the city so if you wanted to see a lot of bands at different venues then things could become a logistical nightmare! I was staying 30 odd miles outside the city so i either had to be at the central station for 1:20am or stay at a club all night. I don’t have the stamina that i used to have so all nighters were a no no!! Luckily all armband wearers had free travel on the trams and buses which was a great bonus!! I got lost a few times so knowing i’d not be out of pocket for getting lost was a very welcome indeed!! Nice touch Leipzig, maybe you could give festivals in the UK a few tips!!?? As an example, i wanted to see Dark Fortress and My Dying Bride at The Felsenkeller (Trams 3/14) but due to a decision which involved me taking an S Bahn train from the Hauptbahnhof to Lindenau instead of the number 14 tram i turned up late, missed Dark Fortress and then was was told by Richard, who i was staying with, that Monday was a bank holiday and if i wanted to get home i’d have to get back to the Hauptbahnhof  for 12:10am. Why did they have to have a bloody bank holiday in the middle of a goth festival?? : ) My Dying Bride were brilliant by the way!!!

 

My DyingBride ©CimmerianPhotography/WickedSpinsRadio

My DyingBride
©CimmerianPhotography/WickedSpinsRadio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They played on the Saturday night! Sound wise they were no different to when i saw them back in April at The Islington Assembly Rooms! The performance was energetic and rich with no scent of tiredness at all!! And the crowd were well up for their set. Whilst i sat in the photographers pit waiting for them to come on i could here ”Oh my god, oh my god!!” along with screams of anticipation from fans who had travelled far and wide to see the band!! The venue was packed to the rafters, which is nice to see!! I like the venue, i’ll be back there in the future!! Another venue i went to is The Taubchenthal in Markranstadter Strases (Trams 1/2). Another nice venue with a balcony around the stage, a bar and a terrace overlooking a courtyard, i was here to experience the delights of Lena Lovich!! Again, the venue was packed to the rafters and there was no room to get anywhere near to the stage so i stood on the balcony and took a few shots after asking someone to move for a few moments!! Lena’s set was a vigorous one for someone of her advanced years, it’s nice to see artists actually enjoying their sets and giving their all instead of going through the motions. I’m not really au fait with her music apart from ”Lucky Number” and ”Money” which i heard way back when i was at school. The  album ”March” is worth a listen methinks!!”

 

Lena Lovich ©CimmerianPhotography/WickedSpinsRadio

Lena Lovich
©CimmerianPhotography/WickedSpinsRadio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pete Murphy ©CimmerianPhotography/WickedSpinsRadio

Pete Murphy
©CimmerianPhotography/WickedSpinsRadio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”Pete Murphy was good, i enjoyed him.His set at The Agra Hall was a good one! Some people did not think it was that good due to the size of the venue but i disagree. There was too much delay on the violin though in my opinion.But the arena was packed with adoring goths with more arriving all the time and the atmosphere was a good one, i got chatted to by a few people but alas the language barrier put the shutters down quite quickly. The photographers pit was a pit of vipers with photographers from god knows where vying for position to get the best shots, some had no idea of photographers etiquette which does annoy me on occasions but most were considerate if not aloof with other snappers!! One photographer seemed to have the same itinary as me because what ever gig i went to she was there, apart from Lena Lovich and Christine Plays Viola! There was a begrudging respect coming from her but no friendliness!!”

 

Nouveau Vague ©CimmerianPhotography/WickedSpinsradio

Nouvelle Vague
©CimmerianPhotography/WickedSpinsRadio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”Nouveau Vague just before Pete Murphy were really good also in my opinion!! I think that their set would have gone down well in the Absintherie Sixtina if it was a bit larger or the Altes Landratsamt, which is near to the Hauptbahnhof. This is because their laid back, nonchalant, Bossa Nova tone would have gone down well with a nice glass of absinthe and the sound would have been obviously more intimate!! All the Goth classics such as ”Marian”, ”A Forest” and ”Bela Lugozi’s Dead” were airy but with a subtle dark overtone that reminds the listener of it’s original incarnation!! Billy Idols ”Dancing With Myself!” has a ”whatever” feel vibe to it, brilliant! This was a very good set indeed!!”

 

Enslaved ©CimmerianPhotography/WickedSpinsRadio

Enslaved
©CimmerianPhotography/WickedSpinsRadio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”Enslaved were good at the Kohlrabizirkus (S1 Train from Hauptbahnhof to Leipzig MDR) but the venue was too big! The Kohlrabizirkus is a former market that reiminds me of the Roundhouse in London, it is a large cavernous space used for music, comedy and trade events! The band before Enslaved, i think they were called Crematory had a larger crowd that fanned out to the back of the venue behind the mixing desk, this fullness soon thinned out when their set finished, they were German so i suspect that is why the crowd was bigger! Enslaved, for those who don’t know are a Norwegian band formed in 1991 in Haugesund, they now reside in Bergen. Their name was inspired by an Immortal Demo called ”Enslaved in Rot” I’m not really familiar with their output, everything on this night was experienced for the first time! The enthusiasm from the crowd was a little more subdued throughout Enslaved in comparison to the previous band but they put on a good show that all in all went down with the crowd.”

”The last band i saw before making the two hour trip back to Berlin was Christine Plays Viola were very good too, played in a venue near to the Hauptbahnhof called The Landratsamt! I’d say this place is the size of Dingwalls in London or maybe the Electric Ballroom and is used as a conference hall, restaurant and entertainment venue. Tonight, Christina Plays Viola were the first band on a bill which included German band Lament, Swedish band The Mary Onettes, the Uk’s And Also The Trees and Germany’s Pink Turns Blue. It’s a shame i could not hang around for the full nights entertainment but Christine Plays Viola’s Joy Division crossed with early Simple Minds infused with a Billy Mackenzie topping was a good aperitif!! Haunting, hard and melodic, the soundscapes insinuated themselves into my pores with an intensity that sent shivers down the spine on occasions especially the track ”Slaughter Of The Black Sun” from the album ”Vacua” I enjoyed their offerings and the crowd, which  was quite large enjoyed it too, thoroughly warmed up i hope they enjoyed the rest of the evening!!”

”To sum up, this was my first Wave Gotik Treffen, there was a lot to see and a lot of places to go.To take in the city, its sights on the outskirts and the festival would need 2 days either side of the festival. Travelling around  from venue to venue was a pain if you needed to get to venues in polar opposite to each other but once once you have your bearings and are familiar with the tram routes scheduling times are cut down considerably! Next year, if there is a next year my experience will be significantly improved now i know the lay of the land, i’ll see more bands, more exhibitions, more landmarks and hopefully more Goths!!!” Would London embrace a Goth festival on this scale and offer free buses for fours days??? Hahahahahaha, What a stupid question!!!”

 

Assorted Photographs:-

 

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Agra Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Agra Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue and Travel Map

Venue and Travel Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinary

Itinary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Links:-

 

http://www.wave-gotik-treffen.de/english/

https://www.flixbus.com

https://www.bahn.com/i/view/index.shtml

http://enslaved.no

http://www.petermurphy.info

https://www.facebook.com/nouvellevagueofficial

http://lenelovich.net

http://mydyingbride.net

http://christineplaysviola.bandcamp.com

http://www.andrea-hamer.de/en/home-en/

http://www.anki-design.de/english/gallery_en.html

http://www.sadgoth.com

 

 

Dolls Live At The Lexington, Islington, London, 11/7/15

Dolls

Dolls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”Saturday night i decided to take up a friends offer of a ticket to go and see Dolls at The Lexington. I like the venue, its the right size for an intimate gig where you can see the stage with squinting from the bar and the venue is conveniently located on Pentonville Road just a short walk/bus ride from Kings X and Angel Stations.”

”I’ve seen Dolls before at  The Old Queens Head not far away, they are a duo consisting of Jade on Vocals/guitar and Bel on drums. Think White Stripes/K T Tunstall meets PJ Harvey and you get an idea of what their sound is like. A very good sound, very energetic and raunchy, the bass parts being filled in by the drums and the guitar.Dolls would conjure up the ideal sound track to movies in a similar vain to Natural Born Killers or From Dusk Til Dawn or even Kalifornia, texture wise think of unsanded wood and the cold touch of a freshly washed wine glass when you drag your fingers across the surface followed by a clear ”piiiing” when you flick the rim with a finger.” You see, i entered the Lexington’s downstairs bar bought an ale which was nice, made my way upstairs to the  venue area, watched Dolls who were on for about 30 minutes thereabouts and then descended the stairs for more ale, and stout. Sometimes you go out for a meal and you know instinctively that one course is enough!! That course hits the spot and anything else would lead to bloating. Dolls and ale, perfect!!!

You can check out their track ”Killing Time” here:-

 

And more info on the duo here:-

 

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

 

4/5

TOY Live At The Islington Assembly Rooms, 24/3/2015

 

 

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”Another big event venue less than 5 minutes away from my front door, a venue i have walked past on many occasions, a venue i associate with council meeting, AGM’s and the like but for the first time ever i actually set foot into. You enter the venue from Upper Street to be greeted by a balcony, look left and you see the stage which is at a right angle to the street. There is something about the atmosphere which is totally different to other gigs i have been to. In fact it does have the air of a council meeting and not a music event at all. The lights remain on at all times, there is no lingering odour of stale sweat and dry ice is none existent. This is not surprising really because the event was put on by ”Attitude is Everything” to promote accessibility to music for deaf and disabled people. There was good turn out but not enough to fill the balcony so that was left to a few people with video cameras. There were two support bands on the bill,Hulkenburg which i missed and Hatcham Social. I wasn’t really paying much attention to them, i only wanted to see TOY!! But they did sound a bit like The The and Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians. I was reminded of a Christian band trying to rock out and i half expected a compere to walk out onstage after their set and say ” Weren’t they a great band? Lets give thanks to Jaysus!!” And just at that moment Kanya West walked up to the mike!! Hahaha only kidding!! TOY were the reason i was here so lets talk about them! I’ve never heard of them before tonight (Why, should i have?)But i did have a quick listen to their most recent album ”Join The Dots” on Spotify before i left home and i enjoyed it! They sound like Loop, anyone remember Loop? A stoner/sludge rock band from the late 80’s early 90’s? I did not like the sound in the venue though, it did not do the band justice in my opinion, perhaps that had something to do with the fact that the balcony was empty so the sound lacked a certain fullness, in fact it sounded tinny at times. This is of course my opinion, other reviewers are free to disagree!!”

 

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”The other gripe i have is that the bar had no Guinness or Porter in stock and i got £1.50 change from a tenner for 2 bottles of ale!! I went to a Weatherspoons afterwards for a nightcap and two pints of ale cost less than £6 in comparison! Back to TOY! i’ll see them again sometime in the future but the lights will be down!!”

3/5

 

 

www.toy-band.com

CAULDRONATED LIVE AT THE 12 BAR CLUB, LONDON.

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Tonight was the first time i went to the new incarnation of The 12 bar Club. Now located on Holloway Road it is within a leisurely walk from my home. So that was what i did, i took a leisurely walk to the venue via Tesco and when i entered the venue i instantly liked the place. When it was an Irish bar called Phibbers i never went in but i think i will do from now on!! The venue is L shaped and decorated with lots of wood. You turn left when you enter and the bar is to your right, with seating on the left. Walk ahead and then descend some steps and turn right and you are in the stage area. Above the standing area there is a balcony with seating if you wish to have an elevated view of the proceedings. It’s reminiscent of the old venue but bigger, i like!!

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Anyway, i was only here really to see Cauldronated, my views on the other acts will be brief. I saw She Makes War first. This was an acoustic set comprising of a single lady, when i say single, she was alone onstage, i have no knowledge of her relationship status. Anyway she played a Ukelele and occasionally used a megaphone and a sampler. What else can i say? Oh yes, she was from Bristol and indulged the crowd with a lot of banter between songs and her voice when singing reminded me of Sophie Ellis Bexter. I’ll have to listen to some more of her output later.

Cauldronated were up next!! As per usual there were a fair few people in to see them and only them. Once the set was over they were off to entertain themselves elsewhere. What can i say here that i have not said in other reviews? A bassist was added to the live set up and gave  some added groove to go with Dave Barbarossa’s excellent drums! Eva was on top form at the apex of the trio doing what she does best, enthrall, captivate and mesmerize!! I’ll give zero marks for the interface on the Ipad though, deciding to act like a cunt a few times during the set which unfortunately upset the flow. These unwanted hiccups were dealt with quickly and professionally and everyone moved on. I urge anyone who has not seen Cauldronated yet to put a mark in your diary for their next show because they are really that good!! Don’t take my word, come see for yourself!!!

Finally, The Men Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing!. I left the stage area after Cauldronated to go to the bar. I should not have done that because i could not get back to where i was originally. i had a side view of the band from the bar and i was behind the PA so i could not take any decent photos or experience the sound properly. What i heard was good but i left soon after the third track and will have to listen to some of their tracks online.