David Ryder Prangley's Legendary Electric Birthday Parade – Nambucca – 16 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 04:40

Having heard of and checked out Sister Witch, one of David Ryder Prangley's projects, as well as The Fiascos, who were also on the bill, a trip to London seemed to be called for. After circumstances led to another gig there the night before, it seemed like the stars were aligned. Off then to the other end of Holloway Road for a first trip to Nambucca. The venue has a stripped back, bohemian kind of feel, with excellent acoustics, making for an interesting location. Various gig posters on the walls indicate that this is somewhat of a proving ground for bands, having seen the likes of Wolf Alice play there in recent years, to name but one. The added mystery of a special guest headline act adds to the anticipation, as I arrive at the venue.

 

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First on are Sister Witch, with David obviously wanting to get his stint done early and enjoy his night. They take to the stage and vocalist Lux Lyall is immediately cutting a striking yet demure figure in a kimono, which is in slight contrast to the punkish vibe of the rest of the band, though one that works well. The kimono is removed after a couple of songs to reveal a glittering leotard, which adds to the aesthetic of the band. Lux's vocals, adding to a strong bassline and David's lead guitar make for a very interesting combination, as a half full room - something a lot of bands would kill for when first on - are quiet, fully taking in the performance. There is a sleazy feel at times to the bassline, somewhat akin to some of the Concrete Blonde releases - think ‘Bloodletting’ and you're definitely on the right tracks, while at other times it fades to just guitars and vocals to create a much softer and more intimate feel. The complexities between the two serve as good contrasts to keep your attention and are equally well delivered and received. I was actually left feeling like I wanted to hear more after the 25-minute set, which, for me at least, is a good sign of a job well done. Definitely a band to keep an eye on.

 

Next on are She Made Me Do It, who are a female-fronted trio. There is a definite electro punk/rock feel to them, while vocalist Shaheena Dax brings in a vocal style akin to a lower end Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, something which sits well atop the sound. The performance is not quite as polished as Sister Witch before, but still a good one, with maybe the differentials of SW's sound giving them a slight edge over She Made Me Do It. Still a good performance and will be keeping an eye out for anything further from them in future.

 

On then to main support, in the form of The Fiascos. A four-piece consisting of two guitars, drums and bass/vocals, though every member has a mic to themselves. There are some quite bad sound issues at this point and it takes half their set to get them fixed to a level that's suitable for their performance. I end up having to relay half their requests to the sound engineer myself, as he either doesn't hear or is ignoring their requests for various alterations. It doesn't seem to faze the band, as they continue to put in their all and deliver an accomplished performance despite the sound issues. Their old school punk sound is very reminiscent of the likes of The Members with catchy, anthemic songs. The gig room is now approaching capacity as the band themselves are jumping around on stage while playing, adding to the fun and the atmosphere. They are very well received and rightfully so. If it wasn't for my recent bent towards female fronted bands, they would have probably been my band of the night. Will definitely be keeping up with their future efforts.

 

A nervous glance at the time tells me I'm quickly running out of it, as I have to travel right across London to get my overnight travel home and the gig is running a bit behind. The special guest headline act is announced as they take to the stage and it's none other than Rachel Stamp, a band that have recently reformed, after originally forming in 1994 and supporting the likes of Iggy Pop. They are not a massive surprise to be announced, given they had their members spread across the three earlier acts. Another glance at the time tells me I have to leave, but I decide to stay and get in at least a song, which is well delivered and received. A sleazy effort called ‘I Wanna Be Your Doll’, with David on bass and vocals grabs my attention to the point I seriously consider swapping for a later coach, which would involve a four hour delay to my travel, before quickly realising it's a push too far for me. This in mind, I begrudgingly leave after that track, but will definitely make sure to catch a full set of theirs in future. 

 

All in all, this was an example of how a gig should be. You don't need worldwide names to make a good gig, just well-rehearsed, genuinely talented bands, who give everything and make it almost compulsory to attend.

 

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