Skunk Anansie

Rock City Thurs 18 Jan '96

Well, I guess the first thing to say about this gig is that is was moved from the smaller Rig to the (surpise!) larger Rock City. I guess this might have had something to do with the fact that there were quite a few people there. Not bad when you consider that last year they were opening band on the Killing Joke tour behind Shootyz Groove (who?, yeah exactly).

So, what was it like, pretty standard SA I guess, which is by no means a bad thing. They played most of the album, from what I can remember, and it still sounds way better live than on the CD.

A few new songs were played as well, all of which seemed good, although the only one whose title I can remember was Punk by Numbers (good title in these heady days of 'Rebellion'. And why not, a good fast punky toon it was an all, guv.

So they do Little Baby Swastika, I can Dream, Selling Jesus, Charity and the rest, Skin still sounds like one of the best vocalists too come around in a long time, even if for the first few songs the mike didn't want to be her friend, can't trust anything these days ...

One complaint, (cos I've got to have a moan, and I feel in a right shitty, lets have a moan mood anyway :) ) is that some of the raps that skin uses are still the same as she was using last year. Some new stuff there would be nice. Oh, and there seemed to be a lot of people hanging on the every word, and cheering for anything, no bad thing I guess, but well, sometimes it irks me, and like I said, I'm in a mood, so sue me :)

Overall I guess, things are looking pretty good for the band, and if things continue for them at the rate their going, then next time the gig might have to be moved from Rock City to ..... who knows where.

Overall Dave RatingYep, the bit you've been holding your breath for, in which case I guess you should now breath out, otherwise you'll go a strange colour, and we wouldn't want that now, would we. More of the same then I guess, to borrow a cliche, watch em go...