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LAHANNYA The Purple Turtle, Camden, London
27 November 2009
Turtle was playing host to an interesting combination of three female
fronted bands tonight, each with their own identity.
Mariana Hollow opened up proceedings with their gothic metal.
Slightly different from a lot of female fronted metal bands these days,
this was melodic metal sang in a gothic style where the vocals by
Rebecca Spinks reminded of Siouxsie Sioux from The Banshees. Promoting
new CD 'Coma Heart' The Mariana Hollow are a band I would like to see
may not appeal to readers of this website but for the open minded of you
Lilygun are a name to remember. This London based band played a
unique set consisting of songs that lay somewhere in between Sonic Youth
and the tender moments of Bjork.
guitarist/vocalist Anna-Christina, the band played grooves that took you
on a rollercoaster ride of musical emotions. Helped along by the
percussion of Robin Guy (A man who lives up to the mantle of 'Have
drum,will travel', who told me this was his fifth gig in five sucessive
nights with different bands. Surely deserves the big break with
one of the big boys.).
spotlight was taken from Anna-Christina sometimes by her side kick, the
Japanese bass player who goes by the name of Piranha. Judging by
his fashion sense this man would do well selling alternative clothes at
a Glastonbury stall. This man puts Brian May's clogs to shame, and
where did he get those trousers? It's amazing what you can do with an
old sack. I want a pair. He nearly fell over twice but
without missing a beat. A talented bass player.
me out on this Friday night was Lahannya. I had a chance
conversation with Lahannya after a recent Alice In Chains gig and said I
would come down and check them out. Already with a growing
following in Germany, Lahannya were back on home soil and playing to
the newly released 'Defiance', Lahannya are something from the future of
an android age, looking like they belong on the Matrix. Lahannya
herself is centre of attention in her black PVC latex and her long curly
blue hair which puts my blonde highlights to shame.
themselves look like a bunch of post Armageddon misfits.
sounding like a industrial melodic Marilyn Manson with some chunky bass
lines from Lutz Demmler and some crisp guitar work from the hippy
looking Chris Milden. With one time Killing Joker Belle on drums,
Lahannya has got herself one very tight band.
dosn't take herself too seriously which is a good thing, more focused on
her fans having a good time. With some good songs such as 'Dying
Inside' the slowie 'Kill Me If You Care', 'Burn' and the infectious
'Inside The Machine', now is the time to take notice of this band before
they get accepted by the European mainstream.
Set list : Dying Inside / Sick & Tired / Charades / Welcome To The
Underground / Kill Me If You Care / No Tomorrow / Bleed For Me / Our War
/ Interference / Open Your Eyes / Inside The Machine / Burn / Doors
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