THE SISTERS OF MERCY
Photos by Julian Neil
It was time for my inner goth to come out on Friday, October 25 as I hit up the Astor Theater in Mt. Lawley to check out English Gothic-Rock legends The Sisters Of Mercy. Going into this show I was nothing more than a tourist in the world of The Sisters Of Mercy, but I spent the week prior giving their songs a blurt on Spotify and I knew by the end of this week long expedition that it would be a show I would enjoy very much, and I was not disappointed.
The show kicked off with local support act, Nerve Quakes. When they were announced I knew it was the perfect fit, as they had supported Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy nearly a year to the day last October. Fronted by the enigma that is vocalist Caitie, she has such beauty in her voice, and this laid back confidence about herself that I found endearing. Their music is straight up intense and atmospheric. I have to guess that from this performance they would have gained more fans if there were any goth-rockers in the room that hadn’t seen them before. They are incredibly difficult to dislike, there’s no two-ways about it. This is what a local act should always do in Perth – make the most of the opportunities that await them when they get to open for an international and legendary act like TSOM.
The Sisters Of Mercy hit the stage after an intermission and straight away the lighting of the show is exactly as expected. It really makes it just that much more. They opened the show with ‘More’ which couldn’t have been a better way to start the proceedings! Andrew Eldritch is the brains behind the whole legend that is The Sisters, and boy, does that man have some stage presence. It’s a credit to him that this band continues to be able to fill rooms like they did the Astor (Honestly it was jam packed) after having not released a full studio album of music in 29 years. Australia’s own Dylan Smith was on guitar as well and that is a dude with charisma. He looked like a mix of local musician Kevin Curran and WCW’s own Van Hammer.
It was more of the same as the set wore on, just a class performance from the band. More highlights were songs like Crash and Burn, Detonation Boulevard and First and Last and Always. Ben Christo was also another constant of the set that was delivering us all some juicy basslines that only the Sisters Of Mercy can provide.
The set ended with Flood II, before they came out for an amazing encore of 4 of their best tracks. Lucretia My Reflection was my personal favorite, and that was followed by Vision Thing, and the beloved Temple of Love, and This Corrosion (which both blew the roof off, no kidding.)
It was such an awesome experience to see this band live. It was also so nice to see such varieties in ages at the show, and many old school gothics enjoying the evening and getting to have that nostalgic feeling – a throwback to their youth when they first became comfortable in their own skin as they figured out that this was the kind of stuff that they can find their release through, the beauty and intensity of music that is The Sisters Of Mercy.
Crash and Burn
Doctor Jeep / Detonation Boulevard
No Time to Cry
Show Me on the Doll
First and Last and Always
I Was Wrong
Lucretia My Reflection
Temple of Love