Cold In Berlin + Berlin Black + Partly Faithful - Leeds 7/12

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Cold In Berlin + Berlin Black + Partly Faithful - Leeds 7/12

Post by Phono Paul » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:00 am

Cold In Berlin + Berlin Black + Partly Faithful

Cold In Berlin's sound echoes the alternative, unfashionable end of the 1980s. Not the synths of Tory pop but the brutal guitars of the fledgling alternative scene. Swans, Big Black and Sonic Youth from the US. And from the UK the chorus, reverb and delay pedals of Bauhaus, The Cure and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Showcasing an incredible vocal range, vocalist and lyricist Maya broods, purrs and screams at the state of the world and her place in it. From the harshest growl to the softest coo in the space of a chorus, one song in a higher register, the next in a lower one.

Notorious for their riotous and wild live performances, the East London band have an incendiary energy reminiscent of early grunge and even earlier no-wave, once likened to "Siouxsie Sioux smacking you in the face with a Mudhoney record".

Producing one of the most exciting sounds on the UK's alternative scene, Berlin Black and the Shades of Grey (to give them their full title) mix together elements of post-punk, glam and new-wave to produce a sound and look all of their own. Their debut ep "Burn it Down" quickly became a favourite on the darker dancefloors of the UK and this success was mirrored by the Dominion Chart-Topping single "The Only Ones".

Berlin Black are continuing to impress, producing one of the freshest sounding eps in 2012: "It's Only Natural". Mixing elements of Gang of Four, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Simple Minds and Bauhaus.

Taking influences from Pornography era Cure via Echo & The Bunnymen and Bauhaus, Partly Faithful creates challenging and compellingly sinister music, with tortured guitars and heartfelt theatrics.

Harnessing an array of emotions such as anger, resentment and a sense of social disillusionment, Partly Faithful layer these themes through stories of vitriolic romanticism entwined with a wry sense of bitterness.

Saturday 7th December 2013
The Library, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds
£5adv doors 7pm, band onstage 7.30pm
Includes entry to Flock clubnight after the band.

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