[kj] Killing set marred by Joke sound (Trebuchet Magazine)

Paul dubecho at gmail.com
Wed Dec 19 10:45:08 EST 2018

Killing set marred by Joke sound.TOO MUCH SOUND AROUND. KILLING JOKE'S

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Killing Joke at Roundhouse

*As post-punk industrial architects Killing Joke have defied the odds by
becoming more relevant with each year’s latest revelation about the global
elite and their naughty ways not to mention the post-apocalyptic drift of
new millenial life on Earth.*

Often anarchic with a sense of timeless eccentricity Killing Joke are an
arty industrial cut above so many of their contemporaries, existing in a
parallel dimension where iconoclasm means more than having a best-of cd in
a layby. In the Joke dimension the Icons are measured in genre-pushing
albums, political rants, solvent financials, decade defining popularity
(Wardance in the 70s and Eighties in…), and the ability to put on an
amazing show.

Live Killing Joke have always delivered the goods, musically they are an
incredible force so expectations were high for the the Roundhouse gig in
Nov 2018. The venue itself is legendary for hosting some seminal moments in
music, a unique and stunning visual appeal of circular industrial
bandstand, and some limitations with regard the quality of sound. In
essence if you are anywhere other than directly in front of the stage
you’re going to have trouble as the sound bouncing around makes punchy
bands like killing joke sound out of time, and often out of tune (One
imagines it’d be an amazing experience for ambient bands).

The support band Turbowolf, warmed the stage with their energetic mix of
70s guitar grooves and good times. They’re a great festival band whose
accessible fun would certainly make you forget the doldrums of a day in a
paddock and it’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t get good response from
any crowd, even supporting Killing Joke. The KJ fans clapped and cheered as
the photogenic band left the stage, which is a high accolade from a fan
base best described as stalwart.

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Killing Joke. RoundHouse 2018

Killing Joke onstage looked like they played the best set of their lives.
The roared, they shook, they became one with the noosphere or whatever
herbal exultation they pray to. But in the audience it sucked really,
really, badly. Big Paul’s drums normally a metronomic reckoning force
(several people come to the gig just to hear him) were side-lined to the
extent that the rest of the band was about half a beat out from him most of
the time.

Jaz often pushes his voice hard and by the end of the tour it’s sometimes
needs a rest, on this occasion he sounded strong but perhaps due to the way
the sound swirled around he come across out and random. Geordie always
sounds good, he’s a crafty textural guitarist but on the night, without the
lock of the bass and drums you couldn’t hear the magic. The same could be
said for Youth again a monster musician as millions attest but out of step
with Big Paul and Geordie put him away from the rest of the band.

But they soldiered on and in that intensity they triumphed. Killing joke
are one of the best bands you can ever see. But fair warning: they are best
enjoyed up front and deep in the action.

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Killing Joke played at the Roundhouse in London on the Laugh at your peril
40th anniversary tour. Support acts: Turbowolf and Phobophobes

European Super State
Autonomous Zone
New Cold War
Follow the Leaders
Loose Cannon
Corporate Elect
The Wait
Love Like Blood
The Death and Resurrection Show

More pictures:
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