It had been far too long since I had seen Lesbian Bed Death take to the stage before I ventured out into the wilds of Stalybridge on Friday night to catch them. And I’m damned glad that I did. Despite the somewhat sparse crowd, the band yet again delivered a home run.
LBD have been through more than a few line up changes over their near 15 year history, being home to a variety of drummers, bassists, and vocalists. Well, the current line up would not have you believe this. They are an incredibly tight unit, anchored as ever by Mr Peach on rhythm guitar and backing vocals. And current vocalist Sienna Venom is probably the perfect embodiment of the bands sensual, sexy goth-punk aesthetics. With the voice of a beautiful demon (such as a succubus), and sinuous, evocative stage moves, she effortlessly captures the audience’s attention. But this would be somewhat useless if the band didn’t have the songs to back it up. And they do. In spades.
The setlist covers pretty much the entire gamut of the bands discography, and Sienna nails each and every track. Obviously, her strongest performances come on the most recent material (which was written for her debut album with the band), but older tracks sound like they were made for her. Picking a highlight of the set is somewhat difficult, but I was particularly fond of the swampy drag through of “Satan In The Swamps”, a welcome change of pacing for the band. And set closer “Pretty But Mental” remains the anthem of the off kilter goth girls everywhere.
The band are on tour over the next couple of months, with their debut shows in Spain, and a full UK jaunt supporting The Birthday Massacre, plus a headline show in Manchester come November. I heartily reccomend checking them out if you have yet to do so. You will not be disappointed.
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