The Killing Joke @ O2 Academy Oxford
aaamusic | On 20, Mar 2012
Oxford, 17th March
with The Icarus Line
‘The Icarus Line’ have always been a band that I have really liked since I had heard the song ‘Feed a cat to your Cobra’ which was so chaotic and mad that it grabbed my attention straight away. But since ‘Aaron North’ has left the band to join ‘Nine inch Nails’ the band have kind of struggled with their direction. They call it going for something completely different on every album, I call it losing their way. It’s such a shame for this to happen to one of the best live bands I have ever seen, but the thing is they have lost their way but every new way is great and this incarnation that played tonight is were singer and recluse ‘Joe Cardamone’ has decided to become ‘Iggy Pop’ looking like he is ‘Iggy’ in the ‘Idiot’ album era he delights you to a set of mostly new songs nothing off the first couple of ‘Icarus Line’ albums of Stooges Esq punk. He moves round the stage like a model trying to do ‘Iggy Pop’ but it really works, he looks amazing and the songs are actually really good, If they were a ‘Stooges’ tribute band they would be the best ever tribute band I have ever seen and all the material is their own songs and it is really good but the lack of songs ‘Raw Power’ and ‘Lust for Life’ are just a big low point in the set. I really enjoy this thou and buy every piece of merchandise I can get so they must be doing something right. Well ‘Iggy Pop’ is a good person to mimic so if your going to do it why not him but I miss the old ‘Icarus Line’ and would like to see them putting more of themselves into the show rather than what I saw tonight but it was really awesome what they did produce.
‘Killing Joke’ Start on a high not with electronic dance number ‘European Superstate’ which is easily the best song in tonights performance. I have no idea how this band got so popular cause they continue the rest of the set with a mono tone drone industrial sound. This sound seems to be in every song and doesn’t make me jump for joy. Singer ‘Jaz Coleman’ has real stage presence acting like a weird voodoo man that has escaped from prison and I really enjoy watching his antics during the show. It makes you able to stand sitting through the songs. I think they needed to turn up ‘Jazs’ vocals in the set because they are too low the whole way through and a lot of the keyboards seem to be in the mix the same way. They have ‘Inertia’ frontman ‘Reza Udhin’ on the keys and it would be nice to hear what he is doing which is only presence at the beginning of the set. It looks like he is upto some wicked stuff on the keyboards but it turned so low down that you can’t hear it. The venue is really packed tonight and everyone seems to be loving it. A lot of these fans have been following the band since the beginning of their long career and you can see many a ‘Killing Joke’ jackets in the crowd. They might be legends it just doesn’t impress me much. Especially when they cut the set short by three songs due to the curfew missing out mega hit ‘Love like Blood’ but that has kind of been the theme of the evening all chills and no thrills.
Killing Joke – Setlist
Sun goes Down