15th November | Louisiana
Photos: Jess Greenwood
Arriving to gigs fairly early, catching the supports and getting a decent space is crucial. Arriving just after 8pm, The Louisiana was already bursting, with loads of punters queuing up at the bar ready for a tipsy night of swirling synths and ferocious grooves.
Leading up to the event, you couldn’t find much information on the support. On the night, they were instantly recognisable the duo known as Robbie & Mona, both members of galactic psych band, Pet Shimmers. They brought a strange concoction of influences, which had heaps of potential. Not all influences gelled well together but it definitely kept the crowd interested.
Powerful chords, combined with absurd samples, one of which sounded like Yoko Ono warbling, seemed a little lacklustre at times. Vocally, Mona (Ellie Gray) reached blissful heights, her soaring vocals intertwined with the synth runs really well. Robbie’s (William Carkeet’s) vocal interruptions, verging on Morrissey levels of melodrama, were not everyone’s cup of tea. They’ll be supporting Langkamer next week. I look forward to their blossoming endeavours as a duo.
The stage was decked with lamps. It was a domestic set-up and looked like something from an old-school talk show. I was half expecting the Parkinson theme tune to be the number Some Bodies walked on to, whereas they chose, ‘There’ll Always Be An England’. Each member took their place and began to play a lengthy intro to ‘TV Show’, a ‘Gimme Shelter’-style riff which oozed old classic rock.
Vocalist, Tom Nosek arrived through the crowd before delivering a memorable vocal performance, raw and confident, potentially one of the best vocalists in terms of sheer diversity and tenacity. “You guys are crazy,” he said with a smile after the song had long ended. The applause and cheers from the crowd were raucous. You could easily see them selling out a much bigger venue. If anything, The Louisiana was a little too small for all the bodies.
Kate Stapley then joined them on stage for a few numbers and provided celestial backing vocals for ‘Higher Self’, which got the front rows singing. Guitarist, Fred Hickey looked over at Kate stood next to him and smiled as she sang backing vocals. It was a tender exchange and we were all charmed. ‘Sunscreen’ saw Tom hand the mic to a gig-goer in the front row, standing as close as he possibly could before bellowing an acapella verse. It was guttural and tingling. He exudes confidence, but not once does it come across as laddish or cocky. Just a master of his own craft.
‘Ain’t Over Yet’ was the pinnacle of the night; three-part harmonies rang around the room with metallic thrashes of synths and clanging guitars. It’s a melancholic nod to old-school rock and soaring psychedelia. As the night was drawing to a close, Fred announced, “We’ve recorded an album with ten songs and we’ve done nine of them, so we can’t do a walk off.” Some Bodies were clearly humbled by the sizeable crowd. They were massively down to Earth and their sound is like no other on the scene.
See Some Bodies play ‘TV Show’ live here: