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Borderline, London 8 September 2010
night off in the Crobar, a watering hole just around the corner from the
Borderline is not the greatest idea when one has a gig to review as the
evening can quickly get very blurry. Luckily with three bands on
offer tonight I was dragged off at a - sensibly - early enough time.
A night of gothic punky rock was awaiting.
the catfight was Kain fronted by the adorable Samara Kain.
Her new band tore through a set of Runaways induced songs at a fast
pace. Unfortunately not many were through the doors at this early
time and many missed out because with songs as good as the rifftastic
'Merciless', you'll soon be hearing more about Kain once their debut
album is recorded.
rockers Five Second Rule were sandwiched between the girl fronted
bands tonight. The spindly frontman Spider McRawl had the brave
audacity of baring his chest with the slogan 'It wasn't me' sellotaped
across it whilst standing next to the muscled tattooed torso of his
bassist Frank Roar. McRawl also cheekilly mocked the sparse crowd
by telling them to move back.
It may be a
while yet before fans get crushed down the front at a Five Second Rule
gig, but the band did show promise with songs such as 'Clusterfuck' and
the meat 'n two veg feel of 'Sunday Roast'. A greasy feel of
Motorhead with Scott Weiland-esque vocals should keep the post grunge
the Borderline packed out ten minutes before Nemhain were due on
stage with many PVC wearing beauties walking down the Borderline steps
in their knee length boots, fishnet stockings and black lacy skirts
making the place resemble a fetish convention.
divided over the musical abilities of Nemhain but it never did the Sex
Pistols any harm did it? So never mind the bollocks about what some
journo who has never picked up a guitar has to say about the band.
It's all about entertainment baby and lead singer Amber Erlandsson is a
performer in more ways than one.
play from the gutter with some some trashy gothic rock 'n roll mixing
the sounds of Babes In Toyland and the Cycle Sluts From Hell.
Amber Erlandsson, who has dropped her alter-ego name of Morigan Hel for
this band, is captivating.
haired vampire with domineering looks, with bright blood red lipstick
around her lips which are larger than you'll find on an a sex doll,
dressed in black, wearing 4 inch high heels on knee length boots.
Steady on Mark...I need to find a cold sponge (ed.)
isn't enough to keep the male chauvinist or the inbetweenies happy, there is also the scarlet buxomness Lisa Dickinson on the bass who is
more than just a doll. Keeping guard at the back is Adrian Erlansson who gives his kit some grevious battery harm when he's not
dealing in a cradle of filth.
ones down the front get some alcoholic refreshment from Amber Erlandsson
when she injects some Jaigermeister and vodka from a huge syringe into
the wide open mouths of her loyal followers. She also becomes the
self harming pryomaniac, as she burns three candles on her arms for
birthday girl fan Emma, who also recieves a smacker on the lips from the
song 'Ana' rocks with it's simpleness. Amber screams her lungs out
on the chorus, a bit like your sister's mate who would shout up to the
top window rather than ring the door bell.
song that we've raped and pillaged'', Amber declares before destroying
'Die, Die My Darling' giving the Misfits number a sadistic twist with the
female vocals, followed by their own smacking 'Heroin Child'.
are made their own. The Gits' 'Second Skin' was the first single
from their latest album 'From The Ashes' and I liked the slow, dark and
moody cover of C.C.R's 'Bad Moon Rising' which gives the lyrics a new
finishes the set rolling around the stage floor with her her head tilted
backwards towards the crowd climaxing with the 'Speed Queen'.
not be everyone's cup of tea but I'm sticking with my red wine because
Nemhain are the natural born sinners.
Set List : Dirty Weekend/ Ana/ Clear My Eyes/ Die,Die My Darling/ Herion
Child/ From The Ashes/ Jane Doe/ Second Skin/ Bad Moon Rising/ Natural
Born Sinners/ Speed Queen
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