Literate, jazzy art-pop/cabaret practitioners headline this rather special event, with a performance from their new album, ‘The Last Werewolf’. The latter is a soundtrack to the book of the same name by horror merchant Glen Duncan, who will be here reading extracts.
The songs are for the most part riotously danceable, especially ‘The King Of The Village Fete’, ‘The Clay’s A Calling’ and ‘Horn For The Whole Damn World’. But they do pathos-soaked balladry rather well too, as the gorgeous ‘Violent Men’ will testify.
Well, this is a blast. Lazarus And The Plane Crash is Joe Coles, previously of The Guillotines, and Stephen Coates (aka The Clerkenwell Kid) of The Real Tuesday Weld. Together they’ve made a strange record of primal rock ‘n’ roll, dark, dangerous themes and freak show aesthetics.
In their determination to go out on any limb, regardless of taste or safety, Lazarus and the Plane Crash – a collaboration between Guillotines singer Joe Coles and Stephen Coates, grey eminence behind The Real Tuesday Weld – display the kind of risk-taking absent from The Maccabees’ album.