London 06 Review – Rocksound

Issue 88
Tarik Algin

The Garage, London

Such is the heat tonight that despite the efforts of two huge fans at generating some air circulation, the capacity crowd may as well be crammed into a sauna in hell. But if there’s one band that can cope with such grimy conditions it’s The Twilight Singers. As streetwise troubadour frontman Greg Dulli steps on stage crashing into “I’m Ready” with a strut and a sneer, it’s obvious that he’s familiar with the dark, sleazy underbelly of life. The often delicate instrumentation of the band’s recorded output is largely replaced by a looser, grittier sound that perfectly suite the atmospheric intensity, with “Teenage Wristband”, the taut blues-funk of “Too Tough to Die” and a rendition of the Afghan Whigs’ jagged “Fountain and Fairfax” sounding particularly dense and insistent. But as they encore with a dryly sardonic piano-led cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”, it’s a wonder the gasping crowd has survived the show without turning that way themselves.

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