Saturday 20th April 2013
Review by by Sabrina Dersel
Photography by Michelle Murphy
How great it is to have the finest Electro bands play on a Saturday night!
Early pre-party I must admit, with the doors opening at six pm! Sadly our photographer had some issues with the transport so she missed the three first songs allowance to take photos for opening act Sheep On Drugs, but we believe support bands are rightful to be written about so we are using their promo photos instead!
Before heading out to Slimelight; an electro/industrial nightclub around the corner of the venue, for the after party, the “ILOVEYOU UK” tour takes the German band KMFDM their support on a five dates run from Bristol, Glasgow, Nottingham, London and Manchester.
Who could have best opening for them? No one else, but Sheep On Drugs! They are the craziest support act you can get, and what an entertaining show!
Sheep On Drugs are a British Techno/Dance-punk duo, including Johnny and Lee Fraser, aka Dead Lee (guitar/keyboards).
Originally classified as off-the-wall ravers,the duo emerged in the early 1990s with a string of singles, including “Motorbike,” “15 Minutes of Fame” and “Track X” (later covered by Grace Jones as “Sex Drive”).
They blend a mixture of sleazy rock, Hard Techno and punk nihilism into their own peculiar cabaret act of a rock’n’roll band. The singer voice is quite something, especially when she growls like someone who is out of an asylum!
The girl comes up on stage wearing an Indian hat, nearly half her size, and next to her is guitarist looking like Johnny5 only he is playing with a guitar hero instrument.
He is carrying a modified guitar hero guitar, with the strummer section removed and replaced with some sort of touch pad for effects and distortions.
Each songs gets their own props and lightshow, for example as he is singing she burns paper with words on them.I can t really seem the words from afar but I guess it is not about princesses and unicorns!
They play catchy tracks such as ‘Chard’, ‘Motorbike ‘or’ ‘15 Minutes Of Fame’.
One of the song sees her playing and fooling around with a mannequin arm!
She ends up taking her top off, revealing cross tapes nipples, and she gets a black spray can and covers her front with it… I’m not sure I can say if I like them or not as this is the first time I am seeing them, but I do definitely want to see them again!
KMFDM; signed to Metropolis records and originally called Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid, loosely translated as “no pity for the majority”, is an industrial band led by German multi-instrumentalist Sascha Konietzko, who founded the group in 1984 as a performance art project.
I would say the first twenty five minutes of the gig goes great, they are strong on stage, have definite charisma, and the crowd is loving it…especially the industrial pompom dancer next to me, who didn’t stop bouncing around.
Lucia wears a beautiful black corset accentuating her sexy thin figure with a pvc red skirt and fishnets, she definitely steals most of the attention, but I can’t help myself to start being annoyed by her vocals”…The sound is not great I have to admit and many people agreed with me later.
The first riffs of ‘Hau Ruck’ put a smile back on my face, but is quickly wiped away when the band leaves the stage, and the drummer throws his sticks to the fans, and the venue lights come on quickly, to let us know to get out of here…the party is over.
They aren’t even playing Megalomaniac? What the…?!!!.
Luckily they come back with “WWIII” and the well awaited ‘Megalomaniac…. Ah that’s better!
Now off to the after party for more industrial sound, especially as all ticket holders get free entry tonight!
Free Your Hate
Son Of A Gun
Rebels In Kontrol