Live Review: Saint Agnes – London

Saint Agnes

saint agnesShackwell Arms, London, January 18th

Words: Haven Laine

Walking into the Shacklewell arms, I see 2 crazy lads who made a point of giving the microphone a lot of oral “attention”. Grunge is back along with its questionable hygiene practices.

I was feeling pumped to see Saint Agnes. As soon as they’re set up, they launch into their single Where the Lightning Strikes the first thing I notice is the amazing chemistry between the front two, Kitty and Jon. This song has a harmonica opener which is performed so professionally, the live version does the single justice.

Next, single Sister features Kitty performing sans guitar so she can head bang and dance around on the tiny stage. This song was heavy and slow with strong gutsy vocals from Kitty – who reminds me of Morticia Addams.
Road House Blues has gentle harmonica into a really old school bluesy feel, I’m surprised at the contrast they can create in just one set. A slower song with a good build up that EXPLODES into noise. Loving it.

They keep going with the Addams family theme with funeral organ style keys and amazing guitar solos, sort of feels a bit like Led Zepplin. Someone next to me starts shouting “Murder!” For their single Today Feels Like A Beautiful Day For Murder, I join in – I love that tune, and I love that I can yell “Murder” at a gig.

Instead they finished with Old Bone Rattle. This song wraps up the entire set so well, it finishes with that organ style instrumental and sounds just as good as the studio version.

Saint Agnes describe themselves psychedelic/pop/rock, I agree. They are loud, sexy and a bit goth but they don’t limit their fan base.
These guys have obviously worked hard on making the most of having two singers, their voices are equal in strength, they each have solo parts and work in great harmonies. Part of me feels like the bassist and drummer are a little out of place with their style (suit blazer vs. leather jackets)
There’s not a lot of crowd interaction except for Kitty saying she’s eating her hair, and Jon commenting on the sweet halitosis last of the mic. They kept it simple but funny.

Saint Agnes create a massive unique sound. It’s refreshing to see an underground band play a set of songs that fit their style but all sound different. They were professional and have obviously rehearsed well – even allowing for a few tiny mistakes. I’m excited to see what else they’ll come up with. Hopefully next time they’ll play “Murder”!

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