I'm back at Brixton Academy to see The Mission and Fields of the Nephilim.I very much like the fact that this venue feels a bit like an outdoor theatre .....but indoors!
The Mission open with a new track off their The Brightest Lightalbum,Black Cat Bone,which is a decent enough track to get a few arms raised and have some of us singing along.We get a bit of good-natured ribbing from Wayne Hussey about how many of us have(or have not) got the new record right afterwards.
We're also spoilt with Mission favourites like Severina and Tower Of Strength,the glorious The Crystal Ocean(Extended) live and lively yet mystical anthem Deliverance.
Wayne has a bit of a go at the venue though,saying he hates it because he can't see us,hear us...can't feel us...It's good to be told he wants that much to be able to connect with,us, the crowd that he hates not feeling able to.That's actually giving a toss about your fans.Nice one,Mr Hussey.You went up in my estimation for that.Moments later he proves it by climbing offstage and into the the crowd.
Simon Hinkler was on excellent form on guitar;some good soloing tonight.Wayne was,as ever,a very impressive guitarist himself...he makes playing and riffing on the 12-string electric look effortless(it isn't,of course)..... and a distinctive vocalist.Craig Adams' early career playing alongside a drum machine seems to have lent a lot of good attributes to his timing and bass style and he hasn't lost any of his flair playing to a live drummer.Said live drummer looked to be having a great time tonight....and his own drumming didn't disappoint either.
They exited the stage saying"See you in 2016"....their 30th anniversary
The Fields Of Nephilim were celebrating an anniversary of their own,the 25th anniversary of their album,The Nephilim by playing most of the album live tonight.I confess to getting quite a buzz from their particular mysticism and feeling of atmosphere live.
Curiously,they omitted the fast-paced track,Phobia,featured on the album, from their setlist.
However,amongst others,we were treated to the very,well, danceable Psychonaut Lib III,which is from elsewhere in their canon.
Sadly,we had to leave just before the very end but this was thanks to the finer timing of transport home.The show itself was more than worth the journey.Bring on 2016!