JAYCE LEWIS / SULPHER / KURO - Audio, Glasgow - 12.09.18

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I’ve lost count of the number of gigs I’ve covered in Audio this year and also the different ways I’ve described this dark and seemingly inaccessible venue in the city centre. As summer ends and the evenings darken, the city carries an eery chill that provides an appropriate aesthetic for the appearance of JAYCE LEWIS as he travels across the UK on his short headline tour.

 

Lewis is travelling with support act SULPHER but first onstage tonight is local support KURO. There are a number of two-piece acts on the road just now but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a bass player and vocal line up and certainly, not one as visually impressive as KURO. Armed with backing tracks and vocal effects they are sonically innovative with an industrial electronica blend.

 

J.B Storm (bass) forms a looming figure onstage with theatrical monochrome make-up and a sinister goth look whilst singer and creator Kuro is adorned in more contemporary bikers jacket that compliments with his Bowie-esque stage make-up. The material is driven by well-structured backing tracks that Storm gives power to with his dirty bass work. Kuro is equally hands-on with a vocal effects unit and keytar at his disposal to ensure no performance will ever be the same as the last.

 

The appearance of a fan on stage, initially seemingly known to the duo is unusual and there are sideways glances between the crowd questioning if this is planned. The removal of a t-shirt was interesting and the removal of underwear was pure fringe theatre and the band maintained their composure, but I am still unsure if they welcomed this addition to the visual performance...I didn’t. As this visual challenge unceremoniously tumbled from the stage only to be assisted from the premises, I did reflect that this was not the first fanny to be thrown out of a Glasgow club.

 

Time was called on KURO to keep the night on schedule and it was clear to me that there is talent and a future for the duo. The impactive and visually stunning performance has massive potential and with a little polish, they will find themselves playing to a wider audience

 

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Follow their journey here - https://www.facebook.com/KURONoise/

https://www.instagram.com/kuronoise/

 

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SULPHER builds on the line-up idiosyncrasies of KURO with Rob Holliday (vocals/guitar), Andy Spillane (guitar) and Steve Monti (drums) using backing tracks to add weight to their considerable power. Their delivery is industrial in delivery and has the room stepping back for a moment then moving in closer, such is the impact of the opening bars.

 

Cloaked in haze that spills out over the stage, those first few bars are delivered out of sight of the audience but the visual challenge for the photographers in the room, soon clears to reveal this gritty no-nonsense three-piece.

 

SULPHER'S material is confident, deeply rhythmic with often staccato phrases squeezing every decibel out of the house PA. ‘One Of Us’ is choppy, rhythmically tribal and with a chorus opening into a massive onslaught that is angry and brooding in equal measure.

 

‘Take A Long Hard Look’ is the stand out track of the night with its pace, brutality and passion. The track features on this year’s album - ‘No One Will Ever Know’ and is a showcase for the band’s experience and ability. That experience is not something that should be ignored, with previous work alongside such greats as The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Prodigy and Marilyn Manson. Who could argue that the word 'experience' works on a number of levels in such company?

 

I’d recommend seeing SULPHER onstage as they inject a healthy dose of adrenalin to their recorded work.

 

Check their socials out here -

 

https://www.facebook.com/SULPHERMUSIC/

 https://www.instagram.com/sulpherofficial/

 

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Tonight’s show is the first night of this short four-date tour and the Glasgow show has a healthy crowd many of whom are well hydrated and itching to see JAYCE LEWIS take to the nicely warmed-up stage. The stage has space on either side of the kit for an industrial, slightly futuristic lighting rig featuring the artist’s name that gives the room an unearthly sci-fi flavour.

 

Tonight’s line-ups have been unconventional to say the last and Lewis isn’t any different with two bassists on stage and no guitarist. A quick calculation on the evening’s bands confirms there were enough bass players for each band, sufficient drummers and the guitarist situation is a matter for the Musicians Union!

 

Lewis confirms his delight at taking to the road on his first headline tour but wastes little time with chat between songs, much like his lookalike - Till Lindemann of Rammstein. The comparison is maybe tenuous but with a dash of Gary Numan, it’s not far off and neither is the comparison with regards performance. Lewis delivers industrial electronic rock with a trance-inducing rhythm section that creates a hypnotic effect in many of his accomplished tracks.

 

Many songs have a dark pop feel that sounds like the 80’s synth legends of old have been acknowledged then swept aside. ‘Shields’ is one such track with a melodic vocal delivery overlaid on a crash cymbal-heavy drum track with layers of futuristic padded keys and crunching guitars. The song features on Lewis’ most recent album ‘Million’ as do a number of the tracks but he has reached back into his catalogue for older gems such as ‘Severe Sever’ and ‘Sinner’.

 

New track ‘Centaurus’ is a massive piece with those trademark layers and powerful patterns that make for a thunderous delivery where the bass parts of twin bassists Martin Thompson and Sy An are earthquake inducing. ‘Revolution’ sees Lewis drumming on a set of toms on stage, providing a tribal sounding addition to Tom Hall’s work behind the kit.

 

‘Make Believe’ affords Lewis the opportunity to display his wider talent as he dons a guitar to add an edge to this Ultravox-on-steroids piece. Closing track ‘Electric Medicine’ follows in this vein and that Vangelis Bladerunner feel lurks in the track to create an atmospheric end to the night.

 

Lewis has achieved global recognition for his work and it is clear that he has the material, talent and appeal to continue his success. It was a surprise to learn that this was his first headline tour but it certainly won’t be his last.

 

 

Check Jayce Lewis out at -

 

https://www.facebook.com/jaycelewisofficial/

http://www.jaycelewis.com/  

https://twitter.com/JayceLewisUK   https://www.instagram.com/jaycelewisofficial/

 

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