Review & photos by: Hannah Cole.
Unsure of where exactly Brighton’s Concorde 2 was located, it was with sheer delight and hilarity that the infamous ‘Captain Caveman’ yell greeted my ears walking down the sea front, assuring me that I was most definitely in the right place and that the UK’s favourite ghost with the most was currently inside sound checking.
Local act Orestea were quick to get the show off to a good start, opening up their set with The Game and Miss Catastrophe, both from their most recent EP This Is An Overture. Stopping briefly, Orestea’s turqoise-haired vocal powerhouse, Lisa Avon, informed the slowly growing crowd that her 15 year old self would be incredibly jealous of her current position, before launching into new song The Proposal which boasts a much maturer sound to their previous work. Orestea are certainly different in comparison to the other bands on the bill, and perhaps not and obvious choice for such a show, but we like different and it seems the crowd agree, giving them a great reception as they exit the stage.
A surprisingly short while later, Sweden’s Sister burst onto the stage and wasted no time in picking up the pace with an all out aural assault. Looking much more the part, their infectious concoction of sleazy punk rock combined with masses of energy and with songs such as Bullshit & Backstabbing, Slay Yourself and Spit On Me in their arsenal, they were very simply fucking fantastic to watch and go down a storm with the crowd. Before long (and entirely too soon) they finish up their set with Too Bad For You and make way for the coming attraction..
Arriving on stage to intro track Death Arise and launching straight into his latest monster The Dixie Dead’s opening track Blood Sucker, it’s evident right from the start that as usual, Wednesday 13 and his trusted cohorts will be taking no prisoners and have nothing short of a night to remember in store.
With a band as charismatic as Wednesday 13, it’s impossible not to enjoy yourself, especially when they are churning out classics such as The Ghost Of Vincent Price,Till Death Do Us Party, Rot For Me, I Walked With A Zombie and even R.A.M.B.O from way back in the Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 era in amongst newer Dixie Dead era songs that perhaps not everybody is yet familiar with.
Of course, no Wednesday 13 show is complete without an encore, this time consisting of Scream Baby Scream, I Love To Say Fuck and perhaps one of horror rock’s greatest yet still largely underrated gems, Bad Things.
It’s with disappointment that the show comes to a close and credit must be given where it is due. Though the Concorde 2 is a far cry from the grandeur of London’s KOKO where our last meeting took place, their performance tonight comes equal to, if not better than that of their previous visit.
Shot and reviewed the Brighton date of Wednesday 13’s recent UK tour, lots more photos up soon!
Photographing a very special motherfucker again very soon…
I’m coming for you Brighton!
Review by: Wil Collins.
Photos by: Hannah Cole.
The November and mid-December period signals the end of yet another year and usually with that, comes the winding down of the bigger shows and tours until the new year repeats the cycle for smaller and more established bands alike. Having an event on the same night as both Miss May I and For Today’s visits to London was always going to leave audience numbers a little thin, but with a just about healthy turnout and four high calibre acts, the night was a success in its own right.
Check out my site’s review of the Carcer City show in Kingston a couple of weeks back!