I learned a little lesson here, that start times for gigs sometimes really do mean what they say. Arriving at the B2 shortly after 8pm just as Predawn were finishing their set. I was in time for The Vicars of Stiffkey though, a band I like a lot with their influences in sound of the likes of Joy Division, The Fall, Stereolab and Hawkwind. In dayglow dog-collars the Vicars started the evening (for me, the late arrival) on a great note.
Next on was the first gig by Changelings, a new band featuring one or two members of Jessie Q and the Earthquakes, with Jessie herself on vocals. I enjoyed them and their set seemed to get stronger as it went on. Powerful, hypnotic and compelling.
Inevitably things were running a little behind schedule so by the time The Grazing Saints took to the stage (with drummer Mick playing his second consecutive set of the night) there was only time for twenty or so minutes. Not that this had any effect on the huge impact. Joe, who was recovering from a bout of illness, seemed possessed as he delivered his intense lyrics in a style it was almost uncomfortable to witness so much pain did there seem to be within them at times. Dark, brooding, menacing and intensely powerful.
words and photos (c) richard shashamane 2015