Zombie Zombie – 17th September 2013 @ Band On The Wall

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There was only a small turn out to see the Parisian, electro, horror inspired groovers on a wet Tuesday night in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Hopefully they would not be too bothered by this, as when we arrived, we noticed that  a French van parked outside the venue had been given a parking ticket. Luckily the weather and the tiny crowd did not  diminish both bands love of playing live music. Support was from the English analogue synth and drums duo Shmoo who unfortunately only had couple of handfulls of people watching. There sound is definitely inspired from the dark, keyboard led, eighties bands, with heavy four on the floor kick and lots of  cymbal wash. If that’s your thing check out their single on Bandcamp. The crowd for main act had increased in size after the break, but only to a hundred or so people but the band did not seem mind. This was a raw gig with no staged lighting or effects, where the musician’s played closely together to bring us a chilling set  of rhythm led, synth laden soundtracks and songs . Their set consisted of songs from all three of their album releases, the highlights for me being; the cover of John Carpenters “Escape To LA” ,from their second album, and the surprise sinister dancer from last summer; “Planet No. 9”. This was the highlight of the evening as the keyboard player whipped out a sax from nowhere and started to play so unexpected and beautifully, the atmosphere even in this sparsely filled venue could be felt. The band finished with “Dark Paradise”, also off their last release “Rituels d’un nouveau monde/A Land for Renegades”, where the drummers performed an odd ritual, slow dance that amused them with them crossing their drumsticks with their arms outstretched and slowly moving them about above and in front of  them? An amusing, entertaining and interesting night.