FOE - Barfly, Camden

It’s Monday night and Hannah Clark is on the floor. Not that there’s many other places to manoeuvre in the intimate Camden Barfly and its limited stage – and yet it couldn’t be more fitting.

Delivered with a passionate intensity, FOE’s twisted carnival of scuzzy punk rock suits both the sweaty surroundings – not so sweaty on such a chilly night – and Clark’s current position, hidden from everyone but the main row, but still making her fiercely confident vocals heard over the deliciously heavy guitars. Despite the lack of theatricality, Clark remains a quietly powerful performer and an arresting presence, whether prowling the stage, wielding her axe or kneeling down to deliver tonight’s raucous finale.

Everything’s made all the more impressive by a less-than-auspicious start to the set as a technical hitch sees Clark’s vocals all but drowned out by the guitars during opener ‘Genie In A Coke Can’. It’s swiftly resolved though, remaining otherwise flawless throughout, with the only remaining niggle being the brevity of the set, dispatching nine songs in little over half an hour. It's phenomenal stuff while it lasts though, with non-album slice 'One Man Down' a pleasing inclusion and every track delivered like FOE's career depended on it.

It’s almost too tempting to end by quoting the ferociously brilliant ‘Tyrant Song’ by saying “are you ready for the next big thing?” So we’ll do it... Are you ready? Because with incendiary live sets like tonight’s, intimate surroundings such as these – however fitting they are to the music – will soon be a thing of the past for FOE.

Set List

GENIE IN A COKE CAN
ONE MAN DOWN
MOTHER MAY I?
ODE TO JANEY LOU
A HANDSOME STRANGER CALLED DEATH
THE BLACK LODGE
COLD HARD ROCK
GET MONEY
TYRANT SONG

Last updated: 14/07/2018 08:49:28

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