Fireworks

The Birthday Massacre / Lesbian Bed Death http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/68/78/1a/The-Birthday-Massacre-Thumb-46-1511809833.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     November 22, 2017    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
4152   0   1   0   0   0

The Birthday Massacre / Lesbian Bed Death - Engine Rooms, Southampton (UK) - 03 November 2017

I first came across The Birthday Massacre back in early 2013 when I was sent their 'Hide & Seek' album to review for Fireworks. I immediately fell in love with their unusual mixture of Electronica-based, synth-filled, Pop-centred (occasionally heavy) Alternative Rock, and I have been a big fan from that moment. Sadly, every tour since that review has found me unable to attend for various reasons. Therefore, when I saw them announce that they were not only touring the UK again, but also playing local to me in Southampton, it was a no-brainer to grab the opportunity to finally see them live.

My interest in the evening was further piqued by the inclusion of Lesbian Bed Death as main support for the tour. I first came across LBD when – as Fireworks Reviews Editor – I was sent their 2013 album 'The Devil's Bounty Hunters', and more recently their 2016 release 'Evil Never Dies' for review. Their lively and entertaining Gothic/Punk-tinged Hard Rock caught my attention, aided by the fact that being a massive Horror film fan myself, their Horror movie filled lyrical content was also a winner with me. The full line-up for this evening's gig actually extended to four acts with Biomechanimal opening and Pythia second. I would like to offer my apologies to both of those bands that I wasn't able to review either of their sets.


Lesbian Bed Death Live 1

During the break prior to the arrival of Lesbian Bed Death, I turned to the friend who attended with me (a huge Birthday Massacre fan) and mentioned to him that not only was I looking forward to Lesbian Bed Death, but it was my opinion that he would really enjoy them and their Hard Rock sound... and it turns out I was right on all accounts. With the stage in darkness, drummer Aaron Samedi and guitarists John "Dr. Powerful" Caci and Mr. Peach first arrived on stage, soon followed by vocalist Sienna Venom once they fired up their engines. They kicked off their set with 'I Use My Powers For Evil' and the immensely fun and rather catchy 'Son Of A 1000 Maniacs' (based on 'A Nightmare On Elm Street'/Freddy Kruger), and then backed those up with 'Evil Never Dies' and 'Satan In The Swamps' – the opener the title track from their debut release and the latter three from the latest album.

Musically they sounded really good with the guitars, whether they were thick and chunky power chords or fast and furious riffing, clearly audible and the drums pounding out solid but not over-bearing rhythms. Vocalist Venom not only has a fine voice in the live environment – one that suits the music well – but also a very captivating stage presence. She was constantly moving, dancing and shimmying, and at one point I noted that the moves she displayed reminded me of a Hard Rock version of Salma Hayek's character in 'From Dusk Till Dawn'. There was also plenty of humour and interaction between songs from Peach which increased the sense of fun. After '...Swamp', Peach informed the audience they were due to star in a horror film called 'Clownface' which nicely lead into another fun and entertaining offering with the riff-fuelled 'Video Nasty'.

Following the appearance of 'Chains', Peach spoke about the fact that it was Caci's last show and also spoke about the fact that they had no bassist at present. To make up for that, they were then joined on stage by Birthday Massacre's Nate Manor on bass for a ripping rendition of the infectious 'Halloween' (from their 'Riot Of The Living Dead' album) to close out their set. I was hoping that Lesbian Bed Death would live up to the expectations I had in my head and they did. They are a highly entertaining live act and having had the opportunity to chat with them after the show, a very friendly and approachable group to go with it. I look forward to seeing them again live the next time they venture down south.

After another short break, it was the turn of The Birthday Massacre and the chance to strike off another of the "Yet To Be Seen Bands" from that list. As the lights went out, the various band members burst on to stage before they powered into the big groovy opener 'Counterpane' from the new album. The keys were crisp in the mix with the guitars and bass powering out. Vocalist Chibi bounced around the stage as she belted out her lyrics. During 'Red Stars' there was massive movement all over the stage by every member of the band, which made for a highly entertaining visual show as well as a musical one. This included Owen on keyboards who bordered on maniacal at times as he climbed all over his keyboards and stand as he played; he was equally energetic when he stepped out from behind them with a keytar. There was a particularly big cheer from the audience after this one.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


They followed this with the beautiful shimmering keys of 'Kill The Lights' and the fine guitar/bass/keyboards mix of 'One'. The style of music, energetic stage presence and an equally lively lighting display had all combined to make for a rather unique show – even at such an early stage. There were more thick guitar riffs during 'All Or Nothing' before the huge bass and synth-filled 'Destroyer' during which Chibi was really rather menacing – both vocally and visually. This number also featured lots of clapping from the audience who were clearly very much into the show by the reactions from those around me; they also gave a massive cheer at the conclusion of this one as well. 'Superstition' and 'Lovers End' were up next, the latter featuring a massive wall of synth bass and guitars, as Chibi was once again prowled around and spat out the vocals with menace, which bordered on maniacal by the end of the song. Not only was she a very busy performer during this show, as she moved from side to side of the stage, spun and bounced around centre front or danced and twirled around near the drums at the rear as the other performers stepped forward, but she was also very theatrical, both visually and vocally she changed persona to suit whichever song the band played at the time. She also had great eye contact with the audience, especially those right at the front, and constantly used her outstretched hands to point at or signal to the audience. 'Video Kid' had a nice intro and a great bounce and beat to it. It was during this song that the band also showed they can handle the odd unexpected hiccup as the bassist broke his strap and continued just holding it up. First Chibi tried to assist him as she continued with her vocals, before keyboardist Owen whipped over that side of the stage and lent a hand.

With everything finally sorted, they then unveiled 'Under Your Spell' – the title track from the latest album – which was built on a superb beat and lots of keys with both a keyboard and guitar solo, before there was more theatrics from Chibi during 'Games'. There is one particular song from The Birthday Massacre that always gives me goose-bumps – both music and with its lyrics. It was the opening track of the album I reviewed all those years ago, and therefore the first song I ever heard from them. I really hoped, from the very moment I agreed to go and review this show, that they would play this one song. At this point of the proceedings, I got my wish as the pulsing synth quickly announced the arrival of 'Leaving Tonight'. The keys pinged out brightly before the guitars revved up and added their thick chunky riff. This awesome selection was my undoubted highlight of the night, and despite the fact that Chibi lost her voice for a few short moments, it didn't spoil it at all.


The Birthday Massacre Live 1

She then announced they had no intention of going off stage to then return for an encore, instead they intended to simply continue with the music. This last section of the gig consisted of three songs, the first of which was 'In The Dark' with it good mixture of keys and guitar as Chibi continued with the theatrical movement and vivid facial expressions. The penultimate offering this evening was 'Endless' with its rather beautiful combination of quiet verse and big bouncing chorus. The end of the night was then upon us, and Chibi and company closed the show with 'Blue' which saw TBM's leading lady vocally go from sweet and airy to aggressive and hostile in a heartbeat as the song progressed. With a big roar of "Southampton, Thank You", she put her mic down, bounced off stage and left the remaining band members to play out bring the show to an end.

The Birthday Massacre were absolutely fantastic tonight. First up, I was exceedingly impressed with them musically, their sound simply poured out the speakers. Given their music features many facets (drums, synths, bass, two guitars and vocals) and is extremely dense at times, it all sounded amazingly clear with each part clearly audible. From a visual perspective, to say they were high-energy is something of an understatement. Aside from the theatrical nature of some it, the various band members were a blur of motion throughout the set. When you combine all this, it makes for an excellent show that is also a bit different on many levels.

As you can probably guess by the length of this review, I thought tonight was excellent all round and I look forward to hopefully catching both bands live again sometime in the, hopefully, not too distant future.

Dave Scott

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  December 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
        1
  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
  9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 6 days ago
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?
  • Berny : @el nowy: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. Pls. check your mail!
  • el nowy : Hi, how long does it take for my download license to be available? I purchased it 3 days ago. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @l.thijs: Apologies for the delay, your digital copy can now be downloaded from your "My Downloads" section.
  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.
  • Johns Band : I have ordered FM Live video and £1.99 taken from my PayPal account. How do I download video. Something gone wrong at processing with Fireworks. The links to report it do not work.
  • Berny : @kevinw01: Have you received the mail containing the donwload instructions? It seems as if you are downloading the bonus CDs from the "Fireworks" menu, those are meant for our readers in the USA and Canada whose copies do not come with the CD. I will send you a mail now. Thanks, B.
  • kevinw01 : I have ordered several issues of Fireworks but when I press the download button I only get a copy of the MP3 but not the PDF files. I have an iPad. Am I doing something wrong? Kevin
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site