Due to logistical problems these shows have been cancelled:
SEX GANG CHILDREN 2016 - Review by Mick Mercer
Quality will always out. On Sunday during my radio show I pretended to play a 1983 bootleg of SEX GANG CHILDREN, but actually played ‘Beasts’ recorded live at the start of this month. It won the listener’s vote that night with ease. Their Dingwalls gig on the 14th is definitely on as the Jezebel tour finishes its current phase.
It will be followed in November by the “ELECTRIC JEZEBEL - The Singles A & B sides 1982-83” CD, including a new live studio recording of ‘Deathworship In Eurasia’. Available exclusively through the official website. www.sexgangchildren.com
Regardless of what period of Sex Gang Children you consider one things shivers through it all; a twisted skein of ambition and exhilaration. When Sex Gang hit it right no-one came close to their weird brilliance. Go back to the beginning and it’s virtually a Noir Ground Zero. The earliest Goth bands went beyond a simple linear path that most bands follow now, and that sense of sheer, rushing adventure never leaves those who were in at the birth. To have Andi Sex Gang (Andrea McElligott - vocals), Terry Macleay (guitar) and Rob Stroud (drums) back together again with long-time ally Matthew J. Saw on bass is a stupendous thing and something definitely worth celebrating. Old fans will thrill to hear what they can offer, presenting anew real treasures from the 1982-1983 period and people too young to have marvelled at this first time around will wonder why there aren’t more bands around capable of such majestic tension.
Andi and Mark Musolf (of https://www.facebook.com/groups/SongsofPreys/) put the Jezebel tour together and saw quickly how interested people were. People know when there is something special in the air.
As Andi says: “I feel that it's a good opportunity to remind people of what is possible if you apply yourselves openly to your artistic ambition, unafraid to lay yourself bare to the public and present them with something that is uniquely you. We came from a period in cultural history where many artists and bands were unique and pushing musical boundaries to the outer limits and beyond and that was a constant source of inspiration. I feel that within the history of SGC, our very early material captures that quality perfectly. It is extreme, passionate and spirited.”
Not that it’s all been plain sailing! “The tour itself is totally self-promoted. What surprised me though was the fact that as in 1982/83, we still had certain venues bail out on us because of our name. I am so glad to see that ignorance, fear and hypocrisy still have their part to play in this wonderful theatrical production we call life. Without those three stooges, we'd be out of a job.”
“It's funny to be reminded that when we first appeared on the UK music scene W. H. Smith and Woolworth refused to stock our records due to the controversial name. Yet some years later both of those stores were ostracized for marketing T Shirts emblazoned with the logo 'Porn Star' to 6-10 year old girls.
“Long live DIY.”
What does Andi think SGC represent in 2016 when he surveys the musical landscape? I don't think what's happening is that different to what happened when Sex Gang emerged, just without record labels! Loads of great new bands, loads of slightly stale sounds getting in their way. “I would like to think that in 2016 SGC represent the spirit of progression. The very early material is a window into the very spirit of that progressive thought and therefore extremely relevant as a challenge to the senses in 2016.
“Nothing has changed really except the temporary ageing of our mortal coils and the tender wisening of our maverick minds. The combined energy of strength and vulnerability in our musical ambition still dominates our very being. It can be no other way.”
Given that a lot of the younger bands seem to take their influence from the early 80's, does he find that at gigs a younger crowd are just as into the songs as the old, original fans?
“Yes indeed. I've found over the years that younger members of the audience are totally aware and into the earlier material as with the later and newer songs. Also vice versa with the old school friends into the later stuff. It's something that has not gone unnoticed amongst us over the years, and is deeply appreciated. I am proud of the fact that SGC fans have open progressive minds.”
Is the tour to be followed by further activity abroad, and more records soon?
“The Jezebel Tour will extend into Europe (Italy, Germany, Poland, Finland, France). We're looking at Greece and Spain also for this stretch of the tour. Next year we're looking to take it to Japan, Australia, Brazil and Argentina. A full on North American Tour is planned too, if they let me back in.”
Prepare for a cavalcade of classics. Songs, by legends.