Lunch/Koburg/In Isolation/Hands of Industry
London - 23 November 2019
and visually this was a fantastic evening"
So another one
of those odd days for me, in the morning I was involved with a
formal do in the City of London including a Christmas Lunch, before
having to get changed and heading to the Electrowerkz. (I have an
issue with Islington Council who insist that at certain venues
guests have to not only produce photo ID but also have it scanned.
Thoughtfully Naked Lunch's Tony Mayo invited me as member of crew,
so I could attend without this intrusion on my civil liberties.)
It was an odd
day as it was also the 10th Anniversary gig of Little Boots
releasing Hands and she was performing the same evening at
the Garage. But given I missed one of Naked Lunch's first reunion
gigs, and given Tony's kind offer, I decided this event should take
The night had
four acts on. Hands of Industry, In Isolation, Koburg and of course
Naked Lunch. I will say the attendance at the gig was on the
low side, which was a shame as all four acts were excellent.
I have had the
pleasure of seeing this act a few times now and have always been
impressed, but they still seem to be growing in their delivery and
performance. It kind of what Depeche
Mode would be if they decided to put melodies back into their
songs. Definitely worth trying to catch these guys if they are doing
a gig in your area.
Setlist: Joined, The One, Are You Listening, I Swear, Easy
[L-R]: Hands of Industry
A new band
for me, but rather good at what they do. Darker and more guitar
based than my normal fare. They did do a great cover of She's
in Parties by Bauhaus, which is not a simple thing to do
given its variation in structure and tempo, and this was a
brilliant indicator as to just how good this band are.
Photos [L-R]: In Isolation
symphonic, gothic rock is your thing, then you will love this
band. Incredible sound, performance and vocals.
Anastasia, who I have seen perform before with Naked Lunch was
a revelation as a lead vocalist and performer, I always new
she had talent, but this was way beyond what I had seen he do
before. This was their initial gig, but could easily been a
headline act as so very tight and professional. Definitely an
act to see if you get a chance.
with many such gigs, the acts (through no fault of their own )
were running late. So Naked
Lunch had to perform a curtailed set - which was a shame.
But it was great to see the band in action again,
especially as both Cliff and Paul (along with Tony) from the
original line up were in the line up.
(drums) has also been part of the group for some time, and
Anastasia also joined in on vocals and additional keys. While the
set was short it did include La Femme (which made its
debut appearance on the magnificent Some Bizzare album,
way back in 1981) and a new track (yes, a new track!) Timelapse.
Photos [L-R]: Naked Lunch
Not sure if
it was lack of promotion, the clash with Little Boots, or even the
need to bring ID, but the size of the audience was disappointing,
especially given not only the effort the bands had put in to be
there, but also the quality of the acts involved.
and visually this was a fantastic evening. Did I make the right
choice in prioritizing this over Little Boots? It's a hard call,
but yes I think I did. 8/10 (more if Naked Lunch had more
time to do full set).
+ Photos: Mark Smith