This was a really good day. Simon had arranged some guest tickets so we could sit up top but Julia had sorted some backstage passes. We spent most of the afternoon inside Brixton Academy chatting with the band and watching their sound check with Simon picking the songs 🙂
I recorded 100 Ways during the soundcheck.
The Pearl Hearts supported and their set was the best I’ve seen from them, they have come a long way since they supported Garbage last year.
Skunk Anansie’s set was really polished with some fantastic lighting going on throughout.
I saw this same show last year and was blown away by it so wasn’t 100% sure if I wanted to see it a second time as I couldn’t see it living up to what I’d experienced before and I was right it didn’t. The Cadogan Hall show for me was a real acoustic show, everything felt chilled and mellow, even during the rockier moments.
Tonight was a very different experience, there was no orchestra for a start which I think really helped with the whole set. The mic for Erika, the backing singer was also too loud and often I felt she over powered Skin. The show felt a lot more like a normal Skunk show, it was loud and in your face. A lot of people will say that’s how it should be but for me these gigs should be totally unique.
Don’t get me wrong this was an awesome gig all round with the band in full party mode, had I not experienced that gig 11 months ago I’d have said that this was a truly wonderful experience to have witnessed, it was easily a high 4 out of 5 stars.
The Paris gig a week before was way better than this one which was a shame as this was the final date on the tour. The reason why it was better wasn’t because the band sucked, far from it; the reason was (and I hate to say this) the London crowd sucked, I was stood near the back and for the whole gig there must have been 300 camera’s, phones and in some cases tablets(!) in the air filming the gig! Seriously enjoy the fucking gig for once!
This wasn’t the only problem, Skin as I’m sure you know likes nothing more than a bit of crowd surfing and walking during a gig, the crowd didn’t seem to want to participate in this and she went no distance at all.
The final issue from the crowd was during ‘Little Baby Swastikkka’. Skin has been going right out into the crowd and getting everyone to sit down and then go mental during the hard parts of the track. Again the London crowd fucked this up with Skin commenting “Put your fucking camera phones down for once and do as your told”… The crowd in Paris were incredible during this track and the whole of Zenith were moshing with Skin and sitting when they were meant to.
I’m pretty sure they were going to do a second encore (as they did in Paris) but for some reason the stupid crowd started to leave before the house lights came back on.
The Skank Heads / I Will Break You / I Believed in You / God Loves Only You / I Hope You Get to Meet Your Hero / Twisted (Everyday Hurts) / I’ve Had Enough / My Ugly Boy / Weak / Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good) / Our Summer Kills The Sun
(with Erika) / This Is Not a Game / Over the Love / I Can Dream / Spit You Out / Because of You / Sad Sad Sad / Charlie Big Potato // Tear The Place Up / Secretly / Little Baby Swastikkka
The Skank Heads / I Will Break You / I Believed in You / God Loves Only You / I Hope You Get to Meet Your Hero / Twisted (Everyday Hurts) / I’ve Had Enough / My Ugly Boy / Weak / Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good) / Our Summer Kills The Sun / This Is Not a Game / Over the Love / I Can Dream / Spit You Out / Because of You / Sad Sad Sad / Charlie Big Potato // Tear The Place Up / Secretly / Little Baby Swastikkka /// You’ll Follow Me Down / Satisfied?
The Kerrang! sponsored album launch show. I can sum this gig up in a single sentence.
The old songs was awesome, the new songs were shite.
I really hope that this was a one off and that the tracks on the album sound better than they did last night because there really wasn’t anything to write home about. The vast majority of the hardcore Skunk Anansie fans that I was with all said the same. No one seemed that impressed about the new tracks which was such a shame. One I felt had great potential. I’m hoping for better in Paris and Brixton that’s for sure.
A note on the venue, it’s not obvious where it is as there is no sings on the venue itself. Once inside it’s a pretty awesome place for a gig to be honest with decent sound. Hopefully this venue will pick up pace and get on the main circuit more often.
I was slightly disappointed by this festival. Sonisphere 2010 had an awesome line up but so many bands had an off peak performances. Highlights were Apocalyptica, Renegades (Feeder), Rammstein, Skunk Anansie, Terrorvision and Therapy?
The setlist belonged to Therapy? who played their Troublegum album from start to finish for the first time ever. Their show had to be restarted twice as they blew the power, they were then told to turn it down a little later. I’ll be seeing this same set again in November at the HMV Forum.
I ended up camping at this one, something I said I’d never do again after Reading Festival in 98. I’ll never camp at a festival again.