16th June 2018
Review and Photography by Ryan Whitwell / Shotison
The final of a three-date tour, previously in Glasgow and Manchester, Joy Division tribute, Transmission, made the journey down to London with Lizzie and the Banshees to give Elektrowerkz a reminder of what made Joy Division so great.
There was quite a gentle start to the evening, with West London based Altergaze starting the evening by performing a few of their dreamlike songs.
The set featured songs that on the surface seem quite simple, but this worked well with the light vocals and synth elements. Not over complicated, just good songs.
The lead singer was very happy between songs, chatting away asking the crowd if they were having a good time and she seemed even happier when talking about the prospect of doing lots more gigs, so you’ll probably see them on a fair few posters in the coming months.
The nice vibes were shaken up a bit with some rawkus punk of Siouxsie and the Banshees tribute band, Lizzie and the Banshees.
I sometimes forget how many crackers Siouxsie and the Banshees recorded but was pleased to be reminded by Lizzie and the Banshees. Not a bad song in the set with big hitters like Monitor, Dear Prudence and Cities in Dust.
Great vocals from the frontwoman Lizzie, who had lots of energy, while dancing and jumping on stage, especially during ‘Happy House’.
Some heavier guitar sounds with extra distortion gave their sound a great oomph. Great use of effects throughout to cover the range of tones needed to play tracks from the various eras of the band.
A nice little breather for the crowd as the 12 string guitar came into play for Christine.
I don’t know if it was the venue or the band, but the bass sounded great. Hitting that sweet spot of noticeable but not overpowering.
All warmed up now and ready for a great tribute to a very influential band. Joy Division were quite unique in their day, and their legacy lives on in countless bands that have existed since so it was nice to hear some great tracks played live and sounding great.
No nonsense from Transmission, just blazing through the set with a great selection of well known and lesser known tracks.
It seems there was a lot of passion in this project, especially the front man who was very much in the zone, but I noticed during ‘Decades’ that drummer seemed to be really enjoying himself too.
I loved the mix of tempos. Obviously, it’s mostly quite dark and macabre, but the shifts in pace were a great way to keep the set interesting.
There were some great reminders of Joy Divison’s range as Transmission played ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and the B side, ‘These Days’, back to back.
There is value in really high-quality tribute acts like the ones I saw tonight. The chances of seeing some of my favourite bands that I was too young to see (or not even born when they were playing) might be gone, but I’m glad there are still talented musicians taking time to keep the live experience of classic bands alive. A great night filled with great music!
She’s Lost Control
New Dawn Fades
No Love Lost
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Heart and Soul