Lacuna Coil – Straight Line Stitch – The Lemon Tree – 09/11/11
I was worried I was late. Historical negotiations had included the well-known clause of putting the kids to bed before leaving. Rock and Roll eh? But truth be told I wouldn’t miss any opportunity to do so unless completely necessary.
So I arrived to be immediately struck by an obvious energy flowing off stage. The source of this energy coming from a singer. This singer was up for it. Clearly relishing every moment of her time onstage with her band entertaining the good folks of Aberdeen village on a grim Wednesday night in November.
She was right on the money with the talent to back it up. Swinging effortlessly from full on guttural roar to sweet definitive emotionally charged vocal. In short, Straight Line Stitch were brilliant and delivered. As well as the singer, Alexis Brown, I must name check the drummer, Kanky Lora, who was superb. A real powerhouse and heart beat of the band as any good drummer should be.
A hugely enjoyable set from a support all the way from the States and definitely a band to check out for their honesty in the delivery of their performance. I chatted briefly with Alexis after the gig and she was genuinely delighted to be here. She was flanked by 2 other members of the band, like stoic stone sculptures at an estate entrance, clearly ready for some over enthusiastic young star struck lad, experience had obviously dictated this stance. Alexis, on the other hand was open, welcoming and spoke to all who spoke to her, enjoying every second.
Do I think you should go and see them? Yes.
On to Lacuna Coil. Sold nearly 3 million units worldwide. Began in Milan, Italy in 1994 and have experience of some monster gigs! I had done a bit of homework. I was aware of them but hadn’t paid much attention in the past but I had a job to do and wanted to do it well.
I was lucky enough to find myself right beside the stage entrance when they were preparing to come on stage. Their security appeared, again their lead singer and focal point is one Cristina Scabbia. She is a beautiful lady and blokes can be right dicks, so, understandable really. The “muscle” stopped everyone from moving into the area they occupied apart from me (??). The band appeared and I was struck how wee they were. I know this is a review of the gig but they were tiny! All of them.
They went through a “gig-ly” ritual of all hands in the middle (like get yer tatties in?) then a chant to a crescendo and on stage in a certain order and straight into it. A total accident of circumstance that I was there but I think worth mentioning as they are clearly a band and that’s important to me. I liked them already.
Immediately, they all look different. Cristina’s vocal as crisp and clear as I have ever heard. She possesses a clarity that is unique in this genre. It has a classically trained quality that oozes calibre and excellence. It makes you listen and look. In short (no pun intended) she is the star of the show. Been together since 1994, stunning vocal and beautiful. She must have had a million “solo career” offers?? I like them as a band a bit more.
Bits I liked about the gig?
The band clearly warmed to the crowd, and vice versa, the longer they were on. They visibly relaxed the more they played.
The sound was good and as good as I’ve heard in The Tree. One of the times the desk and front house has been used the way it was built for.
The sheer decadence and balls of transferring a big production to a small stage. Not easy to pull that off for a “stadium” band.
Cristina announcing, “We play the music but you guys make the show”. They had the crowd at this point. I liked them a wee bit more.
In my notes I said “ vox like a female Dave Gahan” then they covered Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence” a brilliant version and highlight.
The entire experience of the gig felt positive and it was clear this is what Lacuna Coil do. It defines them as people as well as a band.
Bits I didn’t like about the gig.
It appeared so well rehearsed it became a bit prescriptive for me. Got the feeling the technology they were using with digital backing harmonies, samples etc dictated the show a little too much. There was no room for letting the band and music breathe a little. This would have made it so much better for me. But then I do like a bit of a battle with old gear and more than a little touch of humanity in music.
The way every song ended with complete silence and darkness (see above).
Wasn’t sure about the bloke singer named Adrea Ferro. To be brutally honest I wasn’t sure what the role of him in the band was? Prior to the gig I had cynically assumed he was a founding member and the irreplaceable brains behind the outfit. That was until Cristina sang a couple of solo numbers. She delivered a much more confident and dynamic performance when he was onstage with her. Their dynamic wasn’t apparent ‘till he was gone. My gob was shut!
They only played an hour initially, not much of a riot for an encore and they came back on in the same order as before and did another 20 mins. Again for me a little clinical and over rehearsed.
So. Do I think you should go and see them?
Yes. A chance to see a band who have reached some real highs, have large production, sales to back it up and a world class vocalist but who are still a “band”, I hope they never forget that.
I liked them at the time and like them even more now.
Words by B, pics by Still Burning.
Lacuna Coil Setlist
Straight Line Stitch Setlist
Tear down the sky
Never see the day
Laughing in the rearview
What you do to me
Lacuna Coil Website
Straight Line Stitch Website