Badtooth, Deaf Dance, Ever So Android And Glaare At The Satellite, Thursday July 18th 2019
The Satellite was bathing in strobe, fog, and shadows on Thursday night, for a dark night of music presented by the 6660s, with a promising lineup made of Badtooth, Deaf Dance, Ever So Android and Glaare, four bands to discover if you like to walk on the dark side.
Badtooth had a slow and creepy vibe haunted by their female singer’s murmur-level vocals, often buried in a noisy gloomy landscape of guitar-synth ready to soundtrack your next horror movie. Wrapped by the most torrid red lighting all-set long, the darkness coming from the music, a mix of trip-hop and moody synth, could have made your teeth cringe of fear unless you were following Arden Fisher’s eerie voice. There was a real danger lurking at every corner of their industrial electronica, slowly running down along your spine.
Deaf Dance could have been the most upbeat bands of the night, but I am just saying this because they had real dancefloors, considering that their moniker has obviously more to do with death than true deafness. The duo brought a New Order/’80s post-punk vibe, with Jerry Narrows’ deep baritone completing Hannah Doumitt’s non-stop-dance in front of her keyboard. If the monochord tone riding a darkwave has certainly been done before, there was a pop element surfacing during certain songs, and a fast tempo speeding up the scene completed by a western-style guitar.
Ever So Android had an aggressive industrial electro-rock sound beaten by stroboscopic lights, and tempestuous drumming. Charismatic singer Hope Simpson’s vocals were leading the crushing dance party, with plenty of energy and bold moves we could barely guess in the dark, but it was easy to understand why she has already been compared to Karen O. It was an infectious post-rock production with a few mysterious Nine Inch Nails synth layers, and some explosive and hypnotic developments, embodied by Drew Murray’s high-energy guitar, often inciting to a sonic riot.
Glaare, with two ‘a’ in their moniker and featuring members of Deth Crux, Black Mare, Soft Kill, and Buried At Sea, headlined the goth-theme night with a powerful set, and a charismatic frontwoman, Rachael Pierce, who was wearing a ballroom dress. While they were mixing elements of darkwave and goth-rock, the ambiance stayed very gloomy with pop hooks. Her somber howl, echoing over loud pounding drums, had an ethereal approach, effortlessly soaring like an operatic wail above the band’s intricate and mournful soundscapes, ending with a Kate Bush tenderness. Her stage presence was undeniable despite the low light setting and their moody shoegaze went dark like a vampire ball.