‘SYNTHETIC VISION’ – ‘FIFTH ANNIVERSARY NIGHT’
MONDAY 29TH JULY 2002 – ‘THE ISAAC BUTT’ STORE STREET DUBLIN IRELAND
…The Dublin based Irish Synth Pop fanzine ‘Synthetic Vision’ marked its ‘Fifth Anniversary’ in July this year, to celebrate the occasion itself an event was held with both Empire State Human & Seven Words performing live on the night along with a short Synth Pop disco beginning the evening itself. The event itself was also the first time is nearly 18 years that two live Electro Pop / Synth Pop bands preformed together on the same night in the same venue in both Dublin & Ireland. The previous occasion being September 1984 when Depeche Mode played on their ‘Some Great Reward’ tour with the London trio Portion Control as the support act on the night. The venue itself is a small but excellent venue centrally located and just 5minutes walk from the centre of Dublin, it holds up to 100 people and also features an excellent sound & lighting system, both well worked on the night by the excellent soundman.
…A short disco began the event, the CDs being played by my brother Jeffrey while the selection of tracks where picked by myself, nine tracks where played over rough fully 40minutes before the first act Seven Words took to the stage. The nine tracks in question where from as follows, De/Vision, Information Society, Sweep, Wave In Head, David Mahr, Neuropa, The Human League, Camouflage & Children Within, all in that order. With the exception of The Human League, each of the above acts & artists and their tracks where almost certainly been played for the first time in Ireland.
…This was the first visit and live performance in Dublin & Ireland for Paul, not made any the easier by the fact that majority of the audience in attendance had heard nothing from Seven Words. Paul began the evening with the opening track ‘Our New Game’ from his debut album ‘A Flawed Paradigm’ followed by two new tracks ‘These Four Walls’ & ‘So The World Spins On’ from the second album ‘Fall From Grace’ released this month on the ‘Hand Held Halo’ label. These tracks where followed by the single ‘Master Of My Mind’ then ‘Easier To Believe’ and another new track ‘Wipe The Slate Clean’ which features some excellent environmental lyrics wrote from the planets point of view, do take note of them. This was followed by ‘Untouched’ and another track “Key” with a very worthy lyrical content, again take note. This led to the excellent ’18 Seconds’ complete with its acapella intro (further proof of how good of a vocalist Paul is) and some very effective lighting adding greatly to the track itself. Two further new tracks followed ‘Understanding’ & ‘If Elena Falls’, a track with a lyrical content warning of the danger of another potential nuclear disaster similar to Chernobyl while the final track was itself the final track from ‘A Flawed Paradigm’, ‘His Words Where Mine’ ending an excellent and impressive performance that lasted 60minutes. The majority of the tracks played included an interesting insight from Paul to the lyrical content of the each song played. Do look out for the new Seven Words album ‘Fall From Grace’.
EMPIRE STATE HUMAN
…Very much on home ground, this was the fifth appearance ESH where to make at this venue and just a week after the release of their new album ‘Music For Humans’ on the Mexican label ‘Pur Zynth’ (http://www.purzynth.com). ESH played a 55minute set that included a varied selection of tracks from their releases to date including the above-mentioned ‘Music For Humans’. Their performance began with ‘Adrenalin’ which led to three new tracks, the first, the up-tempo ‘Little Alfie’ (this track is taken from their forthcoming and second album for Ninthwave Records ‘Alpha & Omega’) leading to ‘We Are Industry’ and from ‘Music For Humans’ the excellent Pet Shop Boy flavoured ‘Shoot The Breeze’ followed by two of their earlier and more familiar tracks ‘Talking With Aliens’ and the Wave In Head remix of ‘Swinging Pendulums’. Two cover versions followed beginning with the David Bowie track ‘Five Years’ from the Ziggy Stardust album, due to not being a fan of David Bowie I’m not familiar with the original version of this track but allowing for that its an excellent track that’s well sung and musically recalls both early-Gary Numan & The Human League, this led to their version of The Human League track ‘Empire State Human’, no doubt many of you will have heard it trough the ‘extra track’ on the Ninthwave Records version of ‘Pop Robot’, this is also another excellent cover version performed live. More new tracks followed with ‘Digital City’ and the excellent ‘Strange Star’, another track from the ‘Alpha & Omega’ album and also appearing on that album in a Wave In Head remix. The gig finished with more of their older and more familiar material, three tracks in total, ‘Nightflight’, ‘Paradise’ & ‘Leap Of Faith’ ending another excellent live set and performance. Once again do look out for their latest release ‘Music For Humans’ and their forthcoming album ‘Alpha & Omega’.
…The event also included a small number of items for sale including all ten issues of ‘Synthetic Vision’ released to date and CDs from Seven Words & Gebrauche Musik from the Hand Held Halo Productions label. Also on the night a small number of free promo CDs from both the Cohaagen Music / Ninthwave Records & Hand Held Halo Productions labels where handed out on the night on a ‘first come-first severed’ basis. Also everyone that came along on the night was handed a four-page booklet that gave a brief introduction into the event itself, ‘Synthetic Vision’ and both Empire State Human & Seven Words plus a short list of recommended Synth Pop websites.
Everything went extremely well on the night, all went to plan and the majority of those in attendance clearly enjoyed both what was on offer and the event in general. The only low point of both the night and event itself was the poor attendance, just 20 on the night. But above all the event itself took place and in doing so further proving that Synth Pop events are not just limited to the more familiar countries and that there is still some interest left in Synth Pop in Ireland.
Thanks to both the live acts on the night – Aidan, Lar & Brian from Empire State Human, Paul AKA Seven Words & Neil from Hand Held Halo and also a special thanks to Jeffrey ‘Scooter’ King & Melanie ‘Tank Girl’ Ellis for their assistance on the night :-)
I do intend at looking at the prospect of arranging another Synth Pop event here in Dublin at a future date, so if anyone from the Republic Of Ireland, the U.K and mainland Europe is reading this and is interested in attending a Synth Pop event in sunny Dublin, please do consider it, I do need the numbers and any support would be very much appreciated
Editor – ‘Synthetic Vision’
Ireland’s Synth Pop Fanzine
Photos: Neil Houldridge
Artist Link: http://www.sevenwords.co.uk