| UK Decay/Play
Despite their rather dark and
demonic aspect, UK Decay butchered no sacrificial lambs this
night. No pagan symbols were etched into the masonry with human
bone and no blood was drunk. In fact nothing even faintly fearsome
occurred, which is something of a disappointment in view of
their cloven hoof reputation.
It was a performance
that not so much overshadowed as engulfed their support band,
Play Dead, an interesting group but one whose character is obscured
by their uneasy live work.
is grim faced and ponderous and songs like ‘Metallic Smile’
and ‘Pray To Mecca’ seem possessed of a monstrous
weight. Vocalist Pete’s pendulum eyes swing to and fro
and he tries hard to appear intense which leads me to feel that
he’d be more at home playing the stand up comic.
But then maybe I’m being a trifle unfair. It’s just
that his stage persona lacks real substance. Steve’s guitar
churns out grinding variations of Nugent’s ‘Stranglehold’
riff and I struggle to take in the magnitude of it all. I’m
surprised to note that they do neither of their two singles,
‘Poison Takes A Hold’ and ‘TV Eye’ as
both would probably benefit from a live airing. One number finally
makes me smile,
I think it could be ‘Propaganda’ as it conjures
up the unlikely vision of Public Image doing the conga. It’s
certainly bizarre. You could do worse that listen out for their
upcoming Peel session.