Reptile is an unusual club; it has a “strictly no EBM” policy. “Anyone found in possession of glow sticks will be prosecuted” claims their website. What they do play is Industrial, Electro, Metal, Goth and Punk.
It’s here that Global Citizen are playing. I last saw them perform at 2009’s Dark Mills Free festival where I remember them as standing out from the lineup. The London based Electro-Industrial band have decided to do a special short preview show of their brand new material.
Singer Richard Mills stands on a makeshift platform stage to perform. On his face is a black, mask-like eye stripe with peaks and troughs that make it look almost like sound waves. Its a distinctive and unsettling look and although Global Citizen‘s music is perhaps not quite as original as Richard Mills’ makeup, the unsettling part definitionally applies to the bands sound. Behind him Vade Retro and Callum Gray (aka DJ Jo The Waiter) play repeating post-apocalyptic electro rhythms on keyboards.
They open with “Kimochihi II”. Singer Rich Mills has a fantastic bass melancholic voice, reminiscent of classic Gothic vocalists such as Sisters of Mercy‘s Andrew Eldritch or original Fields of Nephillim frontman Carl McCory. His voice is flawless throughout and sings with obvious passion. The next songs are “Broken Doll” and “Early Morning Star” followed by the slow track “New” which makes for a good chill-out tune. The song “Don’t Make it Slow” is next which, as the name suggests not nearly as slow as the previous song “New” (funny that…)
The penultimate song – “Things” is probably my favourite track they perform. Despite the somewhat uninspired lyrics of “I make things difficult for myself” repeated over and over, it does have the most catchy rhythms and danceable beat of all the songs performed. The anti-monarchy anthem “Majesty” is Global Citizen‘s finale and leans more towards post-punk than the rest of their set.
Global Citizen‘s short set is polished but does somewhat lack interaction between performers and the small, supportive crowd.
Unfortunately I forgot my camera before the gig but I asked Bobbie Bajwa who has very kindly said that I may use her great pictures on my blog. Please visit Bobbie’s site – Chameleonart.