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New Zero God and DJ Cruel Britannia FREE DOWNLOAD

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New Zero God and DJ Cruel Britannia came together to record a cover version of a late ’70’s track.

The Motors were a British pub rock/new wave band formed in 1977.

Their biggest success was “Airport”, a number 4 UK hit in 1978.

Follow the link below to grab a FREE DOWNLOAD of the New Zero God feat. DJ Cruel Britannia cover.

 

Best wishes for a peaceful and happy ending to 2016.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2016 in Post Punk

 

Ummagma + A.R.Kane – Winter Tale (12 January 2017)

Ummagma and A.R.Kane co-present ‘Winter Tale’ single 
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With winter now underway, Ummagma will be releasing the dreamy single ‘Winter Tale’, along with an captivating b-side courtesy of celebrated dreampop pioneer and 4AD recording artist A.R.Kane (plus bonus radio edit). In the holiday spirit, this release is being offered as a gift to listeners.

Ummagma is comprised of Shauna McLarnon and Alexander Kretov. On this track, Ummagma unveils the shimmery glow of otherworldly delicacy, full of layered yet decipherable lyrics, sway and palpable electronic sounds. Reaching a more confident spot than before, this is Ummagma stripped of some of the devices the band formerly cloaked their sound in, offering up a beautiful yet different shade of melancholy than on previous releases. Paradoxically, the duo seemingly find equilibrium as they ponder the passing of time and detriment of inactivity.

Rudy Tambala of A.R.Kane lends his hallmark oceanic dream-space twist to this track with a kickback to his ‘69’ album, evident even from the title ‘Mix 69 Style’, recalling such classic tracks as “Baby Milk Snatcher” and “Spermwhale Trip Over”.

Back in the 1980s, A.R.Kane was the first to coin the term ‘dream pop’, referring to the music they make. They went on to influence everyone from My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive to Andrew Weatherall – whose long-running night A Love From Outer Space derives its name from their seminal 1989 track. They also were an important progenitor of shoegaze, trip hop, acid house and post-rock. Widely recognized as one of the most influential bands of their era, they laid ground for many musical genres that came to dominate the alternative music scene. AllMusic describes A.R.Kane as “the most criminally under-recognized band of their era”. The Guardian calls their work “some of the 80’s most extraordinary music”.

A.R.Kane and Ummagma have been enjoying a budding friendship over the past year surrounding their involvement with shoegaze indie legends The Veldt. Together they decided to put a little something together as a gift for this festive season.

“Ummagma’s sound is so trippy I had to buy new studio monitors to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating… If Underworld or Chemical Bros did their song ‘Lama’, it would be proclaimed an instant classic,” says Rudy Tambala ofA.R. Kane.

Their latest ‘Frequency’ EP features contributions by several legendary artists, including Cocteau Twins master Robin Guthrie and Malcolm Holmes of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, both of whom bring their signature sound to their mixes. This EP follows their debut albums ‘Ummagma’ and‘Antigravity’.

As ever, they take the listener through a cosmic yet introspective dreampop and ambient journey, tinged with shoegaze and synthpop flair. Their new offering explores such themes as space and distance, timelessness, escapism, and the search for tranquility.

“There was so much positivity and a real sense of magic the day we recorded this. A whirlwind had just passed, the electricity supply was once again stable, and we were virtually bursting to get into the studio and capture on our energy on tape, so to speak,” explains Shauna McLarnon, vocalist for Ummagma.

Before relocating to Canada, Ummagma had won the Alternative Eurovision on Amazing Radio, representing Ukraine. They gained wider recognition through being featured in Rolling Stone RussiaLouder Than War, Electronic Sound Magazine, BBC6 Music and Spain’s national Radio 3, among others. ‘Frequency’ numbered in more than 30 ‘Best of 2015′ charts and was named the Top Release of 2015 by Stereo Embers Magazine and Dreampop Album of the Year by The Record Stache.

TRACKLIST: 
1. Winter Tale
2. Winter Tale (A.R.Kane Mix 69 Style)
3. Winter Tale (A.R.Kane Radio Edit)
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Posted by on December 18, 2016 in Alternative

 

Vanity Noire (After Dusk Festival) – Leipzig-Germany 18.11.2016

By Fondas SumerSon

When I started getting involved with guitar oriented German Goth Rock back in the day, it was 5 or 6 bands that turned me into a huge fan of the genre. Age Of Heaven was definitely one of them!
Having in mind that Age Of Heaven do not play live that often, I quickly decided that their special 25 years anniversary gig, in their hometown Leipzig, was not to be missed. Especially since their special guests would be the legendary goth rock heroes of the underground Still Patient? and Aeon Sable, one of the best new bands of the Goth scene.

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Well, let’s see things in more detail… Although I try to attend gigs and festivals across Europe, I never had the chance to visit Leipzig until now. So this gig was a fine opportunity to explore this beautiful and historic city, with the precious help and guidance of my good friend Ingo from The Escape. I can certainly admit that Leipzig is one of the most beautiful German cities!

The concert would take place at Moritzbastei – a brilliant venue of 150 to 200 people capacity – with a circle-like stone-scared roof. It reminded me of a catacomb, thus being an ideal location to host a real goth gig! We arrived around 19:30, did some merch-shopping and had a little chat with good old German friends before Still Patient? hit the stage…

Still Patient? 

Still Patient?

Around 20:00 o’clock lights went out, thick smoke filled the stage and a female voice introduced Still Patient? by saying “Ladies and Gentlemen, now Still Patient? are going to play some proper Goth Rock for you”. Needless to say this sent chills down my spine…That was exactly the reason why I was there after all!

One by one the guys came on stage with Andy being the last one. Without wasting any time, they began delivering their killer Goth tunes! They chose “Chameleon” as their opening track, an old school cult anthem that was released 20 years ago. The song had a great effect on the crowd which started to show its appreciation instantly!

They played a 50 min set based on their over-of-2-decades history, including classic goth dynamites like “Agoraphobia”, “God & Satan”, “Anavryn”, “Mascara Osiris” or “The Sun”, along with more recent tunes like “Seconds of Fame”, “Impact”, “All is Well” and of course their latest brilliant video clip “Swallowed”, as well as a very interesting cover on Schwefel‘s classic “Metropolis”.

All 4 guys were in great mood on stage and seemed to enjoy themselves very much! Steve Pogue and Bec Kes – the killer guitar duo – created a strong and solid sound by mixing modern elements with classic old school goth riffs! Guido‘s bass lines made the band’s sound heavier and more groovy, while Andy’s voice and “goth” attitude on stage, is always one of the highlights! He is quite imposing without the need to be over-reactive. A great front man indeed. This was my second SP? gig and I have to admit that these guys are getting better and better as time is goes by!

Their setlist:

Intro
Chameleon
Seconds of Fame
God & Satan
Swallowed
Impact
Agoraphobia
Metropolis (Schwefel cover)
All is Well
Anavryn
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The Sun
Mascara Osiris

 

Aeon Sable

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After a small break, it was Aeon Sable’s turn to spread their “wicked” tunes around the place. While Din, Jo and Quoth were plugging in their instruments, Nino (with a hood covering his head) was moving across the stage, throwing some kind of dust as part of the “ritual” that was about to begin… a “ritual” that started with the mystical “Aequinoctium”. I honestly couldn’t think of any better way.
I have written about Aeon Sable a couple of times in the past, but I’m going to say this once again. I consider them the best band from the new era of “dark” music. They are an absolutely versatile band that combines so many music styles in a unique way. And if you add Nino (vocals) -whom I consider one of the best “performers” of the scene- to the equation, you get an amazing band that will blow you away! Α amalgam of “dark-art” that captures the audience with its dance floor groovy goth songs as well as with its mystical occult themed anthems. This band transcends the boundaries of traditional goth rock.

Since it was a festival, they had a limited time of a 50 min show, so they chose to play more tunes from their latest album (Elysion, Garden of Light, White Snow), which I consider one of the best releases of 2016. That worked out really well for me because this was the first time I had the chance to listen to the new songs, although this was my 4th Aeon Sable gig.

They also played classics like “Dancefloor Satellite”, “Algorythm of None” or “Visions” that were really appreciated by the crowd, but the highlight of their set (according to my opinion) was “Exodus”, a song taken from their debut album which they had only played once in the past! Cracking tune! The guys put up a great show with Din and Jo working wonders on the guitars, Sebbl rocking the audience with his rhythmic bass lines and of course with Nino’s unique performance on and off stage. Of course I shouldn’t forget to give credit to Frank for his great light-show… Outstanding work!!

Their setlist:

Aequinoctium
Elysion
Garden of Light
Dancefloor Satellite
Algorythm of None
Visions
Exodus
White Snow
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Quaalude Tango

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Age Of Heaven

Lights went off for the last time and roses-covered microphone-stands appeared before us! Age Of Heaven, the headliners of the evening, were about to conquer the stage.

When the smoke cleared out, I saw Yvonne reciting the lyrics of “The Secret” (intro to their “Garden of Love” album) and Heidi accompanying her on the keyboards! What a feeling! They created a genuine Gothic atmosphere that took me back many years… And when the guys, one by one, filled the stage and started playing the title track of the same album, I thought that I was back in the 90’s!! Ju was dressed like the way he used to dress back in 1996 (“Garden of Love” era). He was singing every word with great passion and expressiveness. He easily mesmerized the audience into following him through a romantic goth rock journey! Torsten and Christian on the guitars were the perfect companions for that goth revival! The goth super team was completed by the one and only Tommy with his distinct and rhythmic bass lines and Heidi whose keyboard-playing added a medieval-ethereal touch to the traditional goth-rock sound of the band!
Since Age of Heaven haven’t released a new album in 20 years, they had plenty of new, unreleased songs to play. I am thrilled to say that their new songs are nothing less than true masterpieces. These songs that could have easily been released 20 years ago, but at the same time they sound fresh and up to date! “To the Clouds”, “Tonight”, “Love is Just a Lie” or “Strangers” offer the same feeling that their “old” songs did! No electronics, no trendy elements, just pure romantic old school goth rock!

They played for an hour and a half, performing around 10 brand new songs without leaving out of the set classic anthems from both their albums. Tunes like “The Providence”, “Armageddon”, “Garden of Love”, “Red Roses”, “Broke the Chain”, “In the Mirror” or “It Comes the Night” (personal favorite from their “Garden of Love” album) were received enthusiastically by a crowd which obviously appreciated old-school goth rock!

One of the highlights of their performance was definitely the amazing cover version on The Mission‘s classic “Garden of Delight”! Many bands have covered this track, but none like Age Of Heaven! Actually they had planed to play an acoustic version of it on their acoustic special set which would take place the next day at darkflower, but after my request Ju decided to play the electric version of it on their Friday gig too… Thanks my friend!

Their setlist:

Ther Secret
The Garden of Love
Broke the Chain
Machinery
Consolation (new song)
This is the Country (new song)
In the Mirror
Your Hidden Mind (new song)
Tonight (new song)
To the Clouds (new song)
It Comes the Night
Armageddon (extended)
Strangers (new song)
Love is Just a Lie (new song)
She was Living for (new song)
Lethal Poison (new song)
Red Roses
Garden of Delight (The Mission cover)
The Providence (extended)
Over the Seas

Concluding I would like to congratulate Age Of Heaven for such a memorable anniversary gig and for choosing 2 great acts as their special guests!
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate your first 25 years! Thank you for being loyal to Goth Rock all these years, without changing you values! We are eagerly waiting for a new release. Until the next time…. Long Live Goth Rock!

Pics By Oliver Krapp
Videos by Fondas SumerSon & Oliver Krapp

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Goth, etc.

 

American Anymen + Lise – OUI EP (21 December 2016)

NYC’s American Anymen team up with Parisian songstress Lise on new EP

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New York City outfit American Anymen have announced a new release with Lise, a Parisian singer and pianist. The ‘OUI EP’ is the second collaborative release for American Anymen and LISE. In 2014, they released a demo called the ‘+EP’.  In the two years that have since passed, they have jointly played shows in NYC and Paris.

American Anymen is a music collective, whose view on art is that what you have to say is more important than the equipment you own and that passion is more important than technical expertise.

It was formed in 1999 by video artist Brett Sullivan, who sings and wrote the songs on this album. Scott Fragalla is a New York native who has played bass with the band since 2004. Tracy Brooks plays drums and Flugel horn on this EP.

Sullivan met French artist Lise in Bushwick, Brooklyn a few years ago at an open mic, where they admired each other’s performance. They decided that very night that they would co-create in a new music adventure.

Hailing from Paris, Lise’s eponymous debut album was released in 2011 on French label Cinq7. Versed in piano since she was five, her music path took her on a detour from her classical music education at the Conservatory of Narbonne, having discovered America for herself, as well as pop and rock music, her luggage now filled with new sounds, including Björk, The Pixies, Joni Mitchell, and The Smiths. Lise has toured the world and has undergone a transition to synth pop in recent years.

This album was recorded partially in Montrueuil, Paris and finally completed in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in the fall of 2016.

“The two American Anymen + LISE albums present more personal songs.  These 4 new songs are about how I dealt with my time in prison, my 13-year battle with heroin addiction, the memories of friends who made me happy but are not around to hear these new songs, and how the world is much simpler than the ruling elites make us think,” explains Brett Sullivan.

“The temperature every year is a record setting high and there is still people denying climate change.  I feel the summers getting hotter and the winters shrinking in NYC. I don’t need a PhD to tell me we are destroying the environment. Things are less complex then they seem.”

“OUI is the answer to all the questions about this EP,” says Lise. “OUI, I’m really happy about this new chapter in my collaboration with American Anymen. Was the spontaneous home recording of OUI a real treat? OUI. Am i hoping for many more? OUI OUI OUI.”

The multi-talented Erica Schreiner also contributed vocals on the song ‘H’ and contributed the cover art. She has performed under the direction of Marina Abramovic at MoMA PS1, created videos for Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio, had a solo exhibition at The Bill Hodges Gallery, published two books of short stories, and directed the feature film ‘Satori’.

On Saturday, December 10 (8-11pm), American Anymen + LISE will perform at Little Skips (941 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11221), playing tracks from their new “OUI EP” as well as separately. They will be supported by Frank Olson & The Olson Twins, My Friend & Me, and Max Miller.

TRACK LISTING
1. Nobody Made Me Smile Like You Did
2. Less Complex
3. Does Anybody Remember Me
4. H

CREDITS
Performed, recorded, produced and mixed by Brett Sullivan and Lise.
Vocals on ‘H’ by Erica Schreiner.
Video created by Lise.
Cover art by Erica Schreiner.

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Posted by on December 13, 2016 in Alternative

 

Ministry – Trax! Rarities (Cleopatra Records 9 December 2016)

Ministry issues ‘Trax! Rarities’ double album via LA label Cleopatra Records

Cleopatra Records will be releasing the long-awaited ‘Trax! Rarities’double album by industrial-alternative rock legends Ministry, led by the outspoken super talented Al Jourgensen.

This is a special limited edition double LP collection of early rare tracks and versions from Wax Trax!-era Ministry, as well as several previously unreleased gems from Al Jourgensen-related side projects – namely Revolting Cocks, PTP, Pailhead and 1000 Homo DJs.

Scheduled for release on December 9th, this new Ministry collection will be pressed on clear vinyl with a printed inner sleeve.  Super fans will also be pleased to learn that this double LP includes the very rare Revolting Cocks track ‘Drums Along The Carbide!’

For over 30 years, Al Jourgensen has proven himself to be the undisputed king of industrial music, godfathering a genre that millions have grown to love. He is the only original member of Ministry remaining since the band’s formation in 1981.

Originally a new wave synthpop band with melodic and stylized output compared to to the more aggressive music for which they would eventually become known, as embodied in such tracks as ‘The Game Is Over’, ‘Let’s Be Happy’ and ‘Same Old Madness’. Ministry ultimately changed their style, resulting in them becoming an industrial metal pioneer in the mid-1980s. This ‘Trax! Rarities’ release celebrates hidden gem from their early days.

Ministry inspired numerous groups, including Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson and KMFDM. Jourgensen continues to influence and morph, both in his style and music. While the latter is deeply rooted in Industrial, he is still creating new forms as most recently can be heard in his latest project SMM (Surgical Meth Machine).

A multi Gold and Platinum selling artist, his drive to entertain has seen him play the part of producer, musician, author and composer. Apart from Ministry, Jourgensen has led numerous side projects, including Revolting Cocks, Lard, 1000 Homo DJ’s, Pailhead, Buck Satan, and SMM.

Al Jourgensen is once again prolifically making music despite numerous challenges faced since the late 2000s, including the loss of his best friend and Ministry bandmate Mike Scaccia, which resulted in him taking a few years off from Ministry. He still performs select shows with Ministry. He has also acted in movies and wrote an autobiography, called ‘Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen’.

TRACK LIST
SIDE A
1. Ministry – Never Asked For Nothing (Detroit 7.10.82)
2. Ministry – Love Change (Detroit 7.10.82)
3. Ministry – What Is The Reason (Detroit 7.10.82)
4. Ministry – America (Detroit 7.10.82)

SIDE B
1. Ministry – Same Old Madness (1982 Demo)
2. Ministry – Game Is Over (1983 Demo)
3. Ministry – Let’s Be Happy (1983 Demo)
4. Ministry – Same Old Scene (1983 Demo)
5. Ministry – Wait (1983 Demo)

SIDE C
1. Ministry – I See Red
2. Ministry – Self Annoyed
3. Revolting Cocks – Fish In Cold Water
4. Revolting Cocks – (Let’s Get) Physical (Banned Version)

SIDE D
1. PTP – Show Me Your Spine
2. Pailhead – Don’t Stand In Line (Dub Mix)
3. Revolting Cocks – Drums Along The Carbide
4. 1000 Homo DJs – Supernaut (Dub Remix)

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Posted by on December 7, 2016 in Alternative

 

Sounds of Sputnik – New Born Remixed (Emerald & Doreen Recordings 9 December 2016)

Sounds of Sputnik to release new EP via Emerald & Doreen Recordings

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Moscow’s Sounds of Sputnik has announced they will release their new ‘New Born Remixed’ EP via Emerald & Doreen Recordings. Surrounding tracks co-written, produced, and recorded by Canadian-Ukrainian dreampop duo Ummagma, these tracks also feature stellar vocals from Ummagma’s Shauna McLarnon and Alexander Kretov.

Rooted in a shared love of melodic dream pop and shoegaze with a taste of the 80s-90s, Sounds of Sputnik has teamed up with the German label to bring the bands’ influences – from Lush, Curve, Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine, Jesus & Mary Chain – into familiar Emerald & Doreen disco & synth wave territory. The result is an unlikely, unfathomable but always brilliant “dream house disco noise experience” for the more adventurous listener.

Earlier this year, Sounds of Sputnik re-released their debut LP ‘New Born’ feat. Ummagma through hallmark U.S. shoegaze label Moon Sounds Records. Showcasing a palette of clever guitar lines, powerful drums, lush bass and gossamer female vocals, it also features Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver/ Brian Jonestown Massacre), psych rock producer Fran Ashcroft (Damon Albarn, Lords of Acid), Russian producers Morozov and Oleg Mezherovsky, and Brazil’s Mind Movies.

The band has just released two new videos for ‘Blizzard’, which was produced by British videographer Jason Sheppard, and ‘Light Scheme (Sputnik Remix)’, filmed by Roman Kalitkin himself in Barcelona.

On ‘New Born Remixed’, apart from the original versions of ‘New Born’ and ‘Light Scheme’, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s own Malcolm Holmes contributes a highly emotional New Romantics-infused version of ‘New Born’. His remix spirals into an eternal night sky crescendo of noisy guitars and Shauna’s stunning voice.

The EP kicks off with highly acclaimed Red Bull Academy laureate and Tokyo producer Haioka with an intelligent and catchy masterpiece, where Japanese electronica meets a wall of sound. This is followed by Headpocket’s relaxed deep house interpretation.

Irregular Disco Workers contribute a series of remixes to the release, turning two original tracks ‘Light Scheme’ and “New Born’ into a funkier soulful experience with another deeper into 80s melodic house territory. After Dim Zach’s journey into Nu Disco, we once more return to the more guitar heavy trade mark drone pop of David Garcet.

Fronted by Roman Kalitkin, Sounds of Sputnik now includes Oleg Mezherovsky, Oleg Luzhetsky, Dmitriy Bobrinev, Anastasia Berezovskaya, and Almaz Gaifutdinov. Now based in Canada, Ummagma collaborated with Kalitkin while living in Moscow circa 2004 and reunited with him after a decade of living in Ukraine. Their collaborative project went into overtime when military conflicts began between the two countries, as a decisive and loud symbolic act of cross-border comradeship.

In 2014, Sounds of Sputnik received a Jagermeister Indie Music Award, the highest music prize in Russia, and claimed Best East European Video at the 2014 Independent Music Video Awards in Australia. ‘New Born’ also remained in CMJ’s American College Radio Charts for a massive 7 weeks, the first time this has been achieved by a Russian indie artist.

‘New Born Remixed’ will be released digitally on December 9 by Emerald & Doreen Recordings, which is run by avid audiophile vinyl-loving DJs and whose motto is “we release nice songs and great remixers. Genres do not matter, only awe-inspringity counts”.

TRACK LIST
Light Scheme (Haioka Remix) – (4:58)
New Born (Headpocket Remix) – (5:30)
New Born (Irregular Disco Workers Summer Rebirth) – (7:06)
Light Scheme (Irregular Disco Workers Remix) – (6:39)
New Born (Dim Zach Remix) – (6:56)
Light Scheme (David Garcet Remix) – (3:50)
New Born (Malcom Holmes’ OMD Remix) – (4:39)
New Born (Irregular Disco Workers Summer Dub) – (7:06)
New Born (feat. Ummagma) – (4:57)
Light Scheme (feat. Ummagma) – (3:53)

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Posted by on December 5, 2016 in Alternative

 

Andi Sex Gang @ MODU club, Athens 27.11.2016

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by Nick Drivas
Photos: Angelos Angelopoulos

Maverick musician Andi Sex Gang, mostly known for his work with post punk goth pioneers Sex Gang Children, gave his first live show in Athens Greece on the 27th of November. On that dark Sunday evening, with the rain pouring down hard on the city of Athens, we witnessed one of those rare and intimate performances that Andi Sex Gang gives once in while. Although the turnout was small, the crowd was spread out nicely all around the venue, with some seated at tables and stools, some die-hard fans in front of the stage, giving the feel of a more cozy cabaret atmosphere.

15321581_1167997239904686_398301339_oFirst up on the bill were special guests New Zero God. This local post-punk goth act stepped on the stage and shot out some of their tremendous tracks from their three albums.  This was the first time I saw them with their new line up with Michalis Semertzoglou on bass. Although this was his second appearance with the band they played very well and proved to be a very tight outfit.

He made a very good rhythm section with drummer John Psimopoulos. As always, Mike Pougounas the singer, brought out his best vocals, with a highlight on “Garden Of Mazes“, one of my favourite tracks from their latest album “Short Tales & Tall Shadows“. Their guitarist, Akis Nikolaidis, added the fierce riffs which probably were responsible for the comment made by Andi Sex Gang’s manager LaraSupport band is good! Guns’n’Roses meets The Damned”. The band left the stage after playing a finale with three of their most catchy songs “Bang Bang“, “Shut Up” (another personal favourite) and “Kiss The Witch“.

Setlist:

Dead Inside
My Reaper
Strangest Of Fruits
Garden Of Mazes
Angeline
Damaged
King Pest the First
Bang Bang
Shut Up
Kiss The Witch

Next up and greatly anticipated was Andi Sex Gang. He took to the stage with guitarist Matthew James Saw. They had just flown over from Warsaw after they had played a Sex Gang Children gig, part of their latest Jezebel tour. They opened with a great slow version of “Barbarossa” with Matthew picking out 15302311_1167997243238019_153754403_osharp notes from his 12 string electric guitar while Andi, who was standing next to him, was singing and moving majestically, waving his arms, slowly captivating us from the first instant and drawing us into his art. From that first track everyone in the audience knew that we were witnessing something very special. Andi then took his guitar and sat on a stool while they played two Marianne Faithfull covers, “Strange Weather” and “Come And Stay With Me“. Andi was in a good mood, bringing his positive vibe over to the audience. Speaking to us between tracks, telling us some interesting facts about the way the songs where composed and also discussing current world issues. He also spoke the little Greek he knew and entertained us with some of the “dirty words” he still remembered. They continued with a selection of Andi’s solo work and many Sex Gang Children tracks. I was delighted to hear some of personal favourites like “Saraband For Dead Lovers“, “Sunset Of Crow” and “Arms Of Cicero“. All performed superbly semi-acoustic with Andi’s characteristic voice in top shape. They kept entertaining us with every song they preformed, with anthems such as “Sebastiane“, the yet unreleased “Goodbye Berlin“, the beautifully played “Medea” up to the end with “Song And Legend“.

Although many had anticipated a full band Sex Gang Children show, after bearing witness to this live appearance, all agreed that this was a very special show. It’s not often that one gets to see such solo acts. Especially when the artist is someone like Andi Sex Gang who has such a big history and such a great personality. I was thrilled meeting him and Matthew after the gig and seeing how lovable chaps they both are. Hopefully we will see them again and if we’re lucky as Sex Gang Children, as well.

Setlist:

Barbarossa
The Messenger
Strange Weather
Come And Stay With Me
Power Waits
Babes In The Wood
Saraband For Dead Lovers
Sunset Of Crow
Belgique Blue
Dead Mans Hill
All American Heart
Arms Of Cicero
Sebastiane
Goodbye Berlin
Medea
Song And Legend

 

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Goth