With No Name/Jan Doyle Band/Cyberwaste
Urban Bar Whitechapel, London - 4 May 2018
So two trips
to the Urban Bar in Whitechapel in two weeks (see
here for review of the previous gig) and another DEF promotion
(again featuring the Jan Joyle Band).
This was the debut live performance of Cyberwaste and the setup was
very simple a Roland SP404-SX sample and effects units and an
i-Phone which I believe was used to control the visuals, nothing
more - not even a microphone. The music created was very well
produced, atmospheric and well supported with the projected
I recognise that performing live for the first time is never
easy. However, I had one piece of constructive criticism, I feel
it would have really helped if there was some introduction to
some of the tracks. This could have come either via an
introduction by the artist, projection on screen, or an
introductory voice sample (which would retain the simplicity of
the setup). That said, the combination of music and visuals was
most enjoyable and inventive.
Cyberwaste setlist: Opening, Sinking, Atom Place, December
Water, Red Pill, Metamorphosis
[L-R]: Cyberwaste, Cult With No Name x2
I am going to
be honest. I've always had difficulty with Cult
With No Name. I am not sure if it is because keyboard player
Jon Boux always sits down, if both members (Boux and singer Erik
Stein) look incredibly smartly dressed, but they do not resemble any
other electronic act. That said, once my head gets itself in order,
I have always been impressed by the quality of the vocals and of the
musicianship involved with their music.
If you listen carefully to the lyrics of their songs they're
sometimes much darker than the underlying music communicates (which
is very clever). It was whilst I was reading the sleeve notes on
some of their CD’s I picked up that evening, I found it noteworthy
that the band had collaborated with Blaine L. Reineger - whose track
Mystery and Confusion is one of my all time favourites - as
is much of his work with Tuxedomoon.
This might help me better understand the sophistication the band
portrays. Having gotten my head around the concept a little better,
I say please remain the act where the keyboardist always remains
With No Name setlist: Context is Everything,
Lies-All-Lies-All-Lies, Wasted, When I Was a Girl, Swept Away,
Breathing, Everything Lasts an Age
Meagan Jacobsen resides in Austin, Texas, and is currently on
her 4 Corners mini world tour. She'd freshly arrived in London
this afternoon from performing in Reykjavik, Iceland. Again,
another simple setup with backing tracks and a microphone.
Meagan introduced the DEF audience to trip hop. Which she
describes as hip hop, but with sung vocals rather than rapping.
Photos [L-R]: Meganoke x3
I have to say I feel it is somewhat more than that (at least
when the performance is given by Meganoke). Her delivery, the
lyrics and the style all add a significant dimension to the
backing 'beats'. And the beats themselves are far more than just
a drum machine, but carefully crafted electronic music. Chances
are, if DEF had not promoted this event, I would not have seen
this artist and that would have been extremely unfortunate.
Whilst the term 'Trip Hop' does not fall into the genres of
music I normally listen to, this was something altogether
greater than such a label implies. Something special.
It was clear there was general agreement across the audience
that this was a stunning performance from a captivating artist.
All I can add is if you are in Oslo, Berlin, Paris, Madrid,
Tokyo or Seoul (or back in Meganoke's home in the USA) and have
an opportunity to see this artist then do.
Meganoke setlist: 10,000 LVKES, Bright Light, Fxnal, Hxlp,
Let's Go, Killed It, Fated, Dope Ryder, Wonderful Way,
Roulette, Encore: -3 of Life
[L-R]: Meganoke, Jan Doyle Band x2
given it is only two weeks since I
last reviewed Jan Doyle Band (at the same venue) you
might expect there to be little for me to add. But truth is,
tonight's performance was a completely different beast with
Derek, performing solo - only to a backing track. Oh, and
with more hair (extension assistance courtesy of Voi Vang!).
Additionally, it should be noted that Jan Doyle Band are
prolific creators of quality content, and as such the set
list for the evening was very different from two weeks
Another captivating and exciting performance ensued. The
highlight for me had to be when Derek announced his encore
was from Yorkshire, 1978. I immediately thought The Human
League (I suppose it could have been Cabaret
Voltaire), and was delighted with the choice of Empire
Have to say I was singing along so much to this superb
rendition I could hardly speak afterwards - a most enjoyable
end to a most enjoyable evening.
Jan Doyle Band setlist: Feral Nihilist (soft), Nitrate
Visions, The Within, Like, Timelapse (in
collaboration with Teslacoil321), Best Man At The Worst
Wedding, Play, Pretend, Empire State Human (The Human
A great set of performances to a small and appreciative
crowd. If it goes to prove one thing, don't just rush away
from London at the start of a Bank Holiday weekend - you
never know what you might miss.
Smith & Rob Dyer