Glasgow Barrowland Reviews
their latest album Post Orgasmic Chill, the energetic Skunk Anansie found their
way to a hot smoky gig in the city of Glasgow. And so did I. So did I enjoy it?
Damn right I did!
Anansie are a powerful group of musicians formed in London, and their members
include the black skinhead vocalist and band spokeswoman, Skin; Cass, their
bassist with the big dreadlocks; Ace, the guitarist; and finally the
percussionist Mark. What sort of music do this odd mixture make, you might well
be asking. The only answer, which does them, any justice at all is: powerful!
From the quiet and brooding Secretly and Follow Me Down to the manic head banging and sheer lunatic anger of Selling Jesus, this band refuse to be pinned down. Their influences are seemingly indie/punk, but their bass-lines are definitely dubbish in their nature. For this reason, they attract many different types of fan, from the hard-core rock fans to the reggae freaks and on through somewhere else, they cannot easily be categorized.
to the gig; Cass, Mark and Ace sneak on stage and break into the first song, but
the singer is nowhere to be seen. Where is Skin? At the last moment she screams
on stage, hidden in a patchwork ankle-length trench coat, and starts to sing.
And if you haven't heard Skin's voice, you're wasting precious time reading
these words. Buy either of the first two albums (in my opinion the best) and
drown yourself in a voice that is positively heaven-sent. Beautiful.
also gets kinda excitable onstage too. You may notice a ring of plastic above
the front of the drum kit, and wonder what it is. The answer - it's there so
Skin can jump up above the crowd without standing on Mark's drum kit....
gigs are very hectic - you'd better be prepared for a rowdy time. There was
plenty of noise and smoke to put off the more casual concertgoer; but for anyone
with a bit of spirit this is the band to see.
get 'em Skankheads!
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