GOTHIKA

 
Eddies Rock Club
Birmingham
25th September 2010
Written by Kitty Linton
Photography by Lorna Ransome

SE - Overture-
01. Gusano (featuring Selia)
02. Titan
03. Beyond Good and Evil
04. Papilio
05. Master Sergeant
06. Army March Drawn Sword Police
07. Partisan
08. Fata Morgana Android
09. I'm sorry for my birth.

-MC-

10. Enola Gay
11. Echolalia
12. RINK
13. New Song A
14. Angel's Trumpet
15. Precious Earth

-MC-

16. Adonis 

-Encore-

Abattoir
Night in my hands
52 Centripetal 25
Elflock


Eddie’s Rock Club in Birmingham is centrally located within the heart of the city and yet one of those quaint places that only people who are already aware of it can find. At first a small rock club didn’t look to be the ideal venue for industrial German/Japanese band Gothika, consisting of Andro as vocalist and Yoshiki/#449 on Synthesizer. Eddie’s appearing as more of a venue for the unsigned or more local bands regardless of it’s good reputation and selection of famous artists that have graced it’s doorstep.

As the sun set on the city it also seemed that Gothika had perhaps not received enough promotion as only a handful of fans were waiting outside, mingled with the fans of the other two bands that would be playing in the other rooms. There was no set queue but more just a cluster around the stairs which proved to be a small problem for the staff and people coming in and out, Eddie’s lack of organisation also letting the place down slightly but regardless of that the atmosphere before the doors opened was nicely laid back. Gothika having attracted a diverse mix of people from regular gig goers to dedicated fans and everyone in between which was proven more and more as the minuets before the doors counted down and a few more people turned up.

Once down the steps into ‘The Dungeon’ room it became apparent that the phrase of first impressions being misleading was evidently true and the title of the room was definitely fitting. The fist thing that caught your eye was the artwork all over the walls, a range of macabre portraits of famous horror movie villains painted on the black walls in striking white paint, including Dracula, Frankenstein and other classics which really set the mood.

The majority of people flocked to the bar as the duo set up their equipment with the only additional help being from their live only drummer Ricky, the alcohol getting flowing through both the crowd and the band themselves while the wait for the show to start commenced. However it wasn’t long before the dry ice machines whirred to life, the lights all but going out and the first ticks of a grandfather clock included in their “SE - Overture-” filled the room, quickly followed by the slightly eerie background music of the track, gaining the crowds attention before the strobe lights came up revealing the members clad in the expected fetish-esque industrial attire and the first pulsing beats of the electric drums resounded.

Despite the rather dramatic opening and the flawless way the intro flowed into their starting song “Gusano (featuring Selia)” it seemed to be a rather anti-climatic start, the crowd retaining a distance from the band on the dance floor with only the photographers launching into action while everyone else seemed to be holding back and observing. Contrastingly Gothika were full of enthusiasm regardless of the small turn out, Yoshiki attempting to turn the excitement up a notch with getting the crowd clapping along to the beat, Andro voicing his zeal for playing in the UK after their troubles trying to come over before and their surprising enthusiasm was contagious. With each song the crowd moved closer, dancing and taking part in the crowd participation bits as the alcohol and music continued flowing, everyone including Gothika themselves holding a drink in their hand as inhibitions dropped and the drinking was even encouraged both verbally in the MC’s and in gestures.

The choice of set list was good and lengthy with a full 21 tracks including the encore and the atmospheric Enola Gay cover, originally by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. The most memorable song being “Army March Drawn Sword Police” one of their most recognisable with that distinctive imperial Japanese army music, getting the crowd’s fists pumping in the air, resulting in several accidental hits against the low ceiling but that didn’t deter the energetic crowd.

Overall Gothika put on one hell of a show rating a 4 out of 5, truly taking over The Dungeon and turning it into a rave befitting of their style and appearing at home amongst the horror aesthetics of the venue. The smallness of the gig was a refreshing change from bigger concerts, having a fun intimacy reminiscent of having a band play in your living room with a group of friends, an atmosphere that larger concerts just don’t have and Gothika are certainly a band not to be missed if they return to the UK again.