GIG REVIEW by Alice Matthews.

The UV makeup is back. After a triumphant show at Twickenham’s Cabbage Patch, (IAM)WARFACE topped the bill at Camden’s iconic Fiddler’s Elbow.

Support came in the form of Dead Days and Kingbreaker. The latter made a particularly strong impression with their fierce female lead singer, and both groups succeeded in getting the crowd ready for some ‘rocktronica’.

The venue was packed full of trusty Numanoids and Warfarians, with an impressively large number of people in the crowd sporting (IAM)WARFACE merch.

Before they took to the stage, (IAM)WARFACE were as friendly and approachable as ever. The five piece started their set with ‘To Die For’ – which has been recorded for BBC Introducing

Thanks to a combination of compelling makeup and impressive presence, it was impossible to draw your eyes from the stage. Matt Warneford (vocals) and Lou Matthews (guitar) have an infectious rapport, you just want to get up and join them.

Matt led the group through an energetic set, hardly pausing for breath. The popular ‘Say My Name’ was well received, as was ‘You Don’t Love Me Anymore’.

A particular highlight of the evening was ‘Atomic White Gold’ which  resonated well in the intimate venue setting.

‘Closer’ was up next, and the atmosphere was noticeably different. This single is slightly slower than the others, with more of a punk rock style. It’s a winner.

The set drew to a close with ‘Vampire’ and ‘Red Queen’, and then the final song was ‘Trigons’. Matt commanded the crowd to mosh to the chant-like drum beat, and we were more than willing to oblige.

Compared to last month’s show, (IAM)WARFACE were even more engaging. The improved sound set up certainly helped, but perhaps the band are simply growing in confidence. Having such a dedicated fan base must be encouraging, as is playing in a group with friends. Keep your eyes peeled for the next show…

Image Credit: Andy Voakes