Sister w/ Killus – Barcelona, Spain
Sala Rocksound, Barcelona (ES)
4th March 2015
Promoted by Kivents
After releasing “Disguised Vultures” early last year, Sister toured around in support of other bands. Now the vultures decided it was time to fly as headliners and I caught up with them in Barcelona.
Killus were their special guests, a Spanish industrial metal band that I had never heard of before. Damn, what I’d been missing! Those guys are freaking good! They’ve been around as long as Sister have (since 2005) but have a bigger discography (four albums already). Their latest effort, “Feel The Monster”, was released in May 2013, and Killus’ choice to focus on it was only natural. Still they showed us a little bit of all previous albums. “Dead Revolution”, from the debut “God Bless Us”, was even given that special task of ending the show. And what a show that was. Rocksound’s stage is small but they made it look huge with their restless stage attitude – which included synched jumps from guitarist Ruk and bass player Premutoxx. And yes, the photographer in me just fell in love with the crazed faces soaked in makeup, the poses in such typical industrial garments… but the music lover in me was also having a blast. It’s really a shame that they only supported Sister on the Spanish dates, as they deserved the full pack of dates. (5/5)
It was precisely in Spain, although in Madrid, that I’ve heard/seen Sister for the first time. They blew me away then, and they still blow me away now, with their mix of dark punk and dirty sleaze.
With only two albums out (and a couple of Eps, although only “Deadboys Making Noise” seems to count, given the way-too-glam nature of the very first one, “Shock Rock Party Pop” ), the setlist was more balanced than Killus’ when it comes to new and old stuff. Well, less new – “Hated” was released in the Summer of 2011, so it’s not exactly old.
One by one, the boys got on stage. Singer Jamie was the last, wearing a mask like I saw him do in London last year – meaning that “My Enemy” would kick off the show. “Disguised Vultures” would follow suit, then “Bullshit & Backstabbing”… killer song after killer song! But a good rock’n’roll band always has its ballads and I was more than happy when Sister played both of theirs – “Would You Love A Creature” and “Naked”. With only Tim on an acoustic guitar and Jamie on vocals, “Would You Love A Creature” sounded better somehow. Nothing to do with the lack of the piano keys from the studio version, as I actually find those lovely. It was really Jamie’s voice that sounded steadier and cleaner.
At some point, Jamie left the stage and bass player Rikki approached the mike, asking us if we liked Sepultura. They would then start playing “Refuse/Resist” and for a moment I thought Rikki would sing it too. But we weren’t that lucky – it was just a brief instrumental moment.
After going back to the aforementioned “Deadboys Making Noise” EP through “Crash Boom Bang” (no, not a Roxette cover, even though that would be cool som fan), they finished the gig with “Please Kill Me”. I was a bit sad that they only played for an hour, but I assure you every minute was worth it. And given the fiery reaction of the crowd, I believe I speak for everyone who was there.
The tour resumes tomorrow, in the UK, and goes on until the 21st, in Germany. If you have the opportunity to see them, don’t waste it. You won’t be sorry. (5/5)
Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino