When I reviewed Perturbator’s concert at the Camden Underworld last year, I discussed about how prior to the gig, I had been sceptical about the extent to which artists who performed on their own without a band could provide a quality gig. As I said in that review, Perturbator and Dan Termius proved me happily wrong, but seeing GosT last week at the Electrowerkz has given me a whole new perspective on the power one person can bring in a live environment.
Arriving at the venue, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there would be three artists performing tonight; GosT, Le Brock and Neoslave. Neoslave performed first, and set a high standard from the very beginning. Performing a similar variety of synthwave to GosT, Neoslave’s high-energy, dark synths helped stir the audience into a frenzy before Le Brock took the stage.
Although I do enjoy watching a DJ performing a set, I am always impressed when synthwave artists go the extra mile and bring instruments to their gigs, as Le Brock did. The group is comprised of two individuals, one guitarist and one singer/keyboardist. The duo perform in front of a projector displaying spliced clips from classic 80s films. Musically, Le Brock fall on the softer side of the synthwave spectrum, closer to The Midnight than to Pertubator. Their set was absolutely incredible, and blew the audience away. Don’t be surprised if you see them featured on Good Music Matters in the weeks to come.
Having watched two incredible support bands, I was somewhat concerned that GosT would find it difficult to put on a better show, but I was happily proved wrong as soon as he took the stage. I wasn’t expecting theatricality – I knew that GosT performed in a mask- but the musician’s entire show was dripping with theatrics and performance. After an atmospheric intro, GosT took the stage and immediately had the audience in the palm of his hand. Exhibiting surreal, almost ritualistic movements and dancing, GosT was an absolute joy to watch, and exuded an energy which completely enthralled the audience, and made for an incredibly memorable gig.
In terms of the actual set up, GosT utilised a controller to lay down the framework of a song, and used a set of keys to input some extra spice when he needed to. Although there wasn’t a huge amount of actual music being created live, the spectacle was indescribable, and I would recommend GosT as a live event without a shadow of a doubt.