Late September, a week past the Autumn Equinox, and Black Sheep On Tour returned to the Baa-ssment for an extra special gig featuring two bands who's memebers are all regulars at the Phono, Little Match Girl and Zeitgeist Zero. The result was one of the most electrifying performances of the year, with both bands making a serious impression on everyone present.
The Venue Awaits...
As the soundchecks hadn't quite finished, the flock gathered on the pavement outside. Skippy, Blood Dragon, someone who's name I forgot (sorry!), Pete and Linzi in these shots, with several more hiding from the camera behind the Internet Cafe.
Once we did get in, we had to pass the eternal vigilence of the Gatekeeper, truly a creature of darkness and legend (and bright red hair).
Welcome to the Bassment!
Once inside, some strange sights indeed were to be seen...
Good to see both bands well prepared with merchandise available.
Watch out! There's an Urban Canibal in control!
The MD, more usually to be found in the top-end dance venues, but here in the darkside to experience the bands we've all been raving about, plus Princess Linzi and Pete.
As Samhain draws near, Black Sheep's legendary "Whitby" flyer returns to the fore.
Not entirely sure what is going on here, but as Vivian is involved you can be sure it was dangerous!
And so Zeitgeist Zero took to the stage...
They're definetly getting better with each gig, tonights performance was captivating and powerful, with Teresa's distinct vocal style very much to the fore.
When the life-giver dies all around is laid waste...
Would you want to meet these people on a dark night in Leeds? Oops - been there, done that, bought the CD!
Zeitgeist Zero, Decay..., Tombstone Tourist, Kill Your Idols, Pins & Needles, Dark Lullaby, Powerslave, Outside, Bride Of Frankenstein.
Corin Moo on guitar, Teresa Dead whining and moaning, and Sarah Tonin handling the bass-ics (well, that's what it says on their website!).
The one and only (well, OK, 4 of him) QS Kerry!
Behind the Mission control Cagework...
Zeitgeist Zero release their first full album in Spring of 2004, meanwhile there are still a few copies of their debut EP, "Coping Mechanism", featuring three of the tracks from tonight's gig, available, email them (web link below) for the ordering details. And remember to download their now-legendary darkwave cover of Iron Maiden's classic "Powerslave" as an MP3 while you're there!
A nice bouncy set from Urban Cannibal between the bands.
Some clubs would charge serious money for this kind of treatment!
The Stage Awaits...
An enthusiastic audience quickly gathered.
Black Days, My Queen, Satisfaction, Bullet, Wish, Devil In Disguise, On That Road, Burn Me Up, Victim
What a performance! LMG had impressed back in July at the Josephs Well, but that was a pale shaddow of the sledgehammer performance we were treated to tonight, flat out, full on, and as other reviewers have commented, with an attitude that might just rip your throat out!
Vivian sang like a fallen angel, while George played like a true master. This was only the band's second gig in their current line up, yet other than a broken guitar string early on, quickly recovered from, they didn't put a foot wrong and turned in the kind of professional show that could put many larger bands to shame. They truly are on their way to stardom. Buy the album, (link to band's website below) there is much more great music to follow where that came from!
Yet another young whipper-snapper!
When they finished the last track, the classic "Victim", the audience was yelling for more, a longer set will definetly be required next time!
Skippy's somewhat spooky message... ...and Linzi still looking for the bar...
I should at this point mention that several of the nice and clear LMG pics above were actually taken by Linzi while I danced like a maniac to Burn Me Up. Many thanks and a large hug!
Familiar faces? Yes, it's those strange Screaming Banshee folk from York again - and even they were very impressed by both bands. Meanwhile, MD and Pyromancer try not to get eaten by the large green spider-thing. How on earth did that get in here?
The infamous Myz Lillith of sheepish.net fame, and Pete.
And so it ended. Ta to Paul and all at Black Sheep for yet another bloody good night out!
Finally, Songs of Praise. You'll have to have seen Phono Paul's completelty bonkers advertising for the gig to get this one!The Gothic Revival - Home