First time impressions count for everything. A lot of bands have decent songs but have something bland about them which makes them unmemorable and forgettable. I am happy to say that this is certainly NOT the case when it comes to Pharaohs from the Grave, who put on an awesome show this past Thursday, 5th of July, at the Dublin Castle in Camden. A gig which deserved to have had a much bigger turn out than it did. If you missed it, your loss. Glad I was there.
Vocalist Emily ‘Wolf’ O’s voice has its own quirkiness which is hard to describe, think Blondie, crossed with Grace Jones with a bit of Siouxsie Sioux thrown in, but she has her own look and style. The rest of the band is made up of guitarist Katharine Kibela, UJ on bass and DeMc McAllister on drums. All played well together and added to the band’s great visual image.
What about the music? It was a short (but good) set, composed of several originals and two covers. The first cover was a punked-out (more energetic than the original) version of Elvis Costello’s Pump it up which the band made their own. The other cover was Skulls by the Misfits and it sounded great too. Their originals were catchy, raw and fun to listen (and dance) to. My favourite was Machine. This is definitely a band to watch and I hope to catch them again.
Speaking of that….
If you missed the Dublin Castle gig, you have another opportunity to see them Friday, 17th August at the legendary 100 Club.
Their EP is available for download here.
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I want to thank photographer Lubert Daz for contacting me and allowing me to use his great photographs of the gig. I am most grateful. It makes this review so much better.
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