LOVECATS LIVE REVIEW
5 November 2010
COLD HAND CHEMISTRY
WITNESS TO WOLVES
BLACK ORCHID BURLESQUE
L-R > Natalie (Witness To Wolves), Sonja (Terminatryx), Chantal (Cold Hand Chemistry)
Sonja's boots by New Rock
Picture by Dr-Benway
Poster design by Stephen Green
LOVECATS is an annual event that is put on in order to benefit animal welfare. The recipient of this year's endeavour was TEARS, The Emma Animal Rescue Society. It is an evening in which local bands do showcase performances and all proceeds from the night are donated to the charity.
This year's LOVECATS was a much anticipated affair and did not disappoint. With a great line up of Cape Town based bands and a variety of other entertainment, it was a night filled with riotous rocking revelry and delightfully delectable dancing girls.
The night kicked off with an expectant buzz of people hovering around the raffle kiosk, as punters vied to purchase raffle tickets. I later learned that the event was giving away, among other things, a guitar. Just giving it away! Well, for the nominal fee of only R10 that seemed like quite a bargain, as was clearly evident by the amount of people clutching raffle tickets.
Witness To Wolves kicked off proceedings and were a breath of fresh air. A new band to the scene, they were an absolute pleasure to experience, quickly drawing the crowd in with their acoustic aesthetic and eclectic aura. Natalie, the gorgeous nymph leading them through their intriguing lines, filled the air with a weird and wondrous lustre. Her magical voice mesmerized and moved the crowd that, by the end of their set, were all completely won over and gave in to rapturous applause. Watch out for great things from this lot.
Next up, Miss Behave of the Black Orchid Burlesque treated one and all to a naughty-but-nice and very cheeky dance routine, a perfect foil between bands which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
Cold Hand Chemistry hit the stage like a tornado in full flight, incredibly engaging and intense; this band immediately took over and took charge. They're tight, they're dynamic and they can write and perform songs of sheer power and rare beauty. Chantel, the sonic siren fronting this lot has a voice very few, in any genre, can hold a candle to, and she knows how to use it - getting the gathered masses to rock out to the band's pounding and poignant barrage. Bravo indeed, this is fast becoming one of my, and the rest of Cape Town's, favourite bands. With very good reason.
An impish Diva Disastarr took the stage to delight the audience with a burlesque performance of high-heeled high jinks and teasing titillation. These girls are not only drop dead gorgeous, but fun, flirty and outrageously brilliant. Also, much to the surprise of many watching, they're not all girls. Jessie Jester came on and wowed the crowd as the only Boy-lesque dancer I have ever heard of or seen and his playful performance was welcomed by an enthusiastic audience. Black Orchid - they certainly know how to entertain!
The headliners for the evening, Terminatryx, were next to wow the audience. With a blend of matrix-metal overdrive and intense industrial stomp, they delivered a set that, quite simply, stunned the crowd with its poise, precision and overwhelming presence. Sonja is possibly one of the most commanding leading ladies in South Africa and, with her statuesque beauty, she had the entire crowd not only eating out of her hand throughout the set and hanging on her every word and movement, but baying for more as their awesome set drew to a close.
The fun wasn't over yet though. There were still prizes galore to give away and many of the punters left with more than a happy memory - books, Horror DVDs, T-shirts and bottles of Phantom Sambuca being dished out with complete abandon.
The prize everyone had been waiting for was donated by Paul Bothner Music and a hush descended on the crowd as the number was drawn to see who would be the lucky winner of the guitar. One girl's squeal of uninhibited delight from the back of the club was met with the groans of everyone else, but the party carried on long into the wee hours of the morning.
Very well done to all involved with such a magnificent evening and congratulations on one hell of a show for a very worthy cause!