Kade/Ugsy/The Wombats/Blynd Zenith/ Clockwork Margaret/Stephen Langstaff
Zanzibar, Seel Street
2nd September 2006
There is absolutely no doubt that a Saturday Night Zanzibar event is
indeed a music ‘coup’. Forget about the degenerating interior
design aspect and the fact that any remarks in that area tend to smack
a bout of controversy. Hell no, the stars of the show are the artists
who take to the Zanzi stage along with all of the fans who gather and
follow and strut their support on the dance floorboards.
The night confidently scorched its way to an amazing start with acoustic
firecracker Stephen Langstaff (pictured). This young man is surreptitiously
climbing to new levels and his future is ultimately laden with success.
He chose this stage to promote new material from his forthcoming album
‘Let’s see your Armour’, and his given performance is
sure to shift a stack load of the same.
Clockwork Margaret were up next and the apparent cautious lead into their
set was proof of their first ever stage appearance. They do have a presence
albeit time will perfect their cohesion as a group to be taken notice
Now we are talking, as three boys from Bootle and one from Anfield pull
together to form Blynd Zenith. The four-piece opened their set with a
g-force barrage of ammunition words and superior musical mastery. Without
catching a breath, they raced into song number two, the penetration of
their rocking attitude causing a stir and a gaping void at the front of
the stage as revellers nudged backwards from the sheer dynamism of this
rock resurrection. Check out their tunes like ‘Suicide’, and
anti-drug song ‘Cocaine Blues’. In this band there is definitely
a raw fluency of talent that would do well to head for the mainstream
As always a pleasure it is to see and hear The Wombats. An accomplished
trio, gloriously inventive with a sacred kinetic energy they perform in
line with the best of them. Seriously though, the drummer should stick
to whacking his skins rather than telling jokes. Must be something about
their ‘Orange’ ampage too, it not only looks good but there
was a quality of sound that stood them apart from all the other performers.
After all the frenetic mayhem the level softened a wee tad for Ugsy,
a very un-stereotypical group of lads, the lead singer on keyboards seemingly
commanding an audience with all due respect a ‘mightier than thou’
air, he defined echoes of Elvis Costello and Christian Mills and their
set made a pleasant and appealing detour of musical representation.
And then for the grand finale, came Kin Kade. The sheer audacity of Dave
Williams, lead keyboard vocalist, was nothing less than stunningly original.
Together he and his band were a make-up of austere arrogance, ska back
base and hillbilly hocking. It was a fantasia extraordinaire, sounding
like a twenty second century cabaret straight out of New Orleans and paradoxically
peeking into the crowd one found connotations of a cult following with
young shirted lads whipping off their ties to bandage round their frontal
lobes. Are these the ‘new age ninjas’?
The night bore some of the rawest musical talent in circulation, which
expelled itself from darkness into the light. Rapturous applause was still
ringing after all had left the building.
Comment left by Mayflower on 19th September, 2006 at 08:09
Clockwork Margaret were really amazing.
I had never heard them or seen them before that night but they blew my mind.