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BLACK SOUL STRANGERS
Liverpool John Moores University
18 September 2010
Black Soul Strangers have been receiving much media attention. With
Janice Long making the latest single, 'The Haunting' record of the week
and others providing quotable quotes of distinction, it indeed looks
like “it's about to happen” according to enigmatic manager, Nic Georgiou
who greeted me on arrival.
On this rainy night in Liverpool, many people had opted for Horlicks and
a late film so - not in the best of spirits - I settled into my comfy
leather armchair (yes it was a comfy leather armchair) to see what the
fuss was about.
The band hit the stage at the witching hour after some other bands plied
their troth, the best of which was Blackburn's 'Revolter' who reminded
me at times of the Foo Fighters, their melodic tunes merging with a
are interesting. Dressed inevitably in black, their poise is a cross
between Joy Division and The Stranglers. Browsing the interweb, I saw
some comparisons with Coldplay but I quickly and gratefully displaced my
preconceptions once the opener, 'Witchita' was set in motion. (Why is it
anyone with a sense of melodic progression has to be compared to
This is an intriguing outfit and don't fit into anyone's convenient
pigeon hole. I particularly enjoyed Phil Wyer's harmonic guitar
technique which supplies the ethereal drift in songs like 'The
Haunting,' 'Monster' 'Panic Sets Direction,' all from the bands album
The more brutal sections catch you unawares and I was slung from the
comfort of my journalistic throne by the absolute drive of 'Lies' with
front man, Barry Gorey letting rip with his aggressive stage antics
which belie his boy band looks.
This is a
band to savour. It's a crafty combination of Eno type thoughtfulness and
musicianship with a grittiness from the late punk era.
Indeed after the final stormer, 'You Don't Need It' had died down, I was
left wanting more. And that's the greatest garland you could lay at the
feet of any new kids on the block. It's a jungle out there and even with
friends, you also need allies.
Many of our readers are die hard rockers, but if you want to strike out
a bit with something left of centre, I would strongly recommend you
check Black Soul Strangers out live or on record.
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