I had been looking forward to this one for a long time! So I planned todays work to start later, giving me a lie-in. The bus came on time and I even found my way to club with no problems. The bar is very reasonably priced and because I was not driving I dived straight in to the Newcastle Brown Ale!
The first band; Wrapped in Plastic where billed as “a little more (industrial-) metal than our usual bands” but that should by fine! However, let`s say I liked their Drum machine/ backing tape, and the bass guitarist made good sounds. The lead guitarist seemed to be content in a world of their own, but I didn`t quite manage to catch two words the vocalist sang! Now speaking of things I missed, you can call me old school, old fashioned or even just old, but when I go to “see” a band I do like to actually see them! don`t get me wrong a bit of back-lightings fine, I love smoke/fog but I had to go to the front of the dance floor (Which was completely empty) and use a flash to get any sort of photo! It`s no secret that I`ve seen literary hundreds of live bands in my time, tonight was a first, I have never seen an ending to a set like it before………… They just seemed to wonder off in the semi darkness and go home leaving the backing tape playing to us. Eventually someone turned it off and the DJ put a record on! Everybody turned around, and looked at each other till someone (Me) said Arrh is that it?
Alice Moving Under Skies are in an altogether different league, a little bit more on the electronic side. With clear and clean cut male and female vocals over, but not fighting with exciting guitar and bass lines helped with a drum machine. Half way though we were treated to a bit of magic with sword swallowing and a very long piece of tape came magically out of the bass players` mouth. A very good set.
I would not have thought it possible, but Bad Pollyanna just keep getting better, I always loved them, I always thought that they are brilliant, but goodness they have just gone up another notch! With a reworked set now opening with “Awake Now” and pounding though a fantastic set that seemed all to short but in fact lasted nearly an hour and half! I can only say that my favourites are from the CD that I already have, because as soon as I hear new songs I love them as well. But here goes not in any order, Hollow, the last single, Monstrous Child, Liquid Lover, The Living Dead, and about half way in a short pause for an introduction to their new single Epilogue (Invincible Girl) dedicated to Sophie Lancaster with all proceeds going to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Rounding off with My Incubi and an encore of Personal Jesus.
I always used to like to buy merchandise from gigs and so I purchased their new CD, but better than that Olivia offered to sign it and asked me to wait so all the band could, I also had a short chat with most of the band members, so a big Thank You to Olivia, Nikki, Stephen and Valerian.
So move over Gene, Paul, Peter and Ace. There are new Rock Gods and Demons in town.