INERTIA - LIVE @ ELECTROWERKZ
By Emily Rose Tricker
Saturday the 18th of June marked the finale of low-key band Inertia’s 2016 tour. For those who don’t know this band, they describe themselves as an 'Electro-Industrial-Rock-Dark Pop' outfit from London. The band was formed in 1992 by Reza Udhin and have been winning over crowds ever since. The unique squad toured with KMFDM on their 2015 USA tour and have been described as “the best and most aggressive band in London!” by a very cool chap called Gary Numan.
At first I did not know what to expect in the slightest. I was invited to the gig by guitarist Ollie Cater to watch him perform for the first time, and I thought I’d relish the opportunity to go to a gig blissfully unaware of what was about to happen. This way, I had no expectations at all and my judgements would be solely based on that night, and that night alone.
The band played at the wonderfully gritty Elektrowerks in Angel. The place screams 'Rock ’n’ Roll' and I immediately fell in love with the chaotic interior. A dark stairway and charmingly chipped walls lead you into a modest sized room that hums of adrenaline, hairspray and beer. I felt like I was in a cool indie film that would later become a cult fav’. I then noticed something that beautifully clashed with my ignorant presumptions. It was goths galore! Now, before I go on - You’ve seen a Goth dance before, right?...No? Well neither had I. Please see here:
Amazing, no? Nothing that I could have EVER expected. Hilariously skilful, graceful and majestic. Those moves to a satanic rendition of the 70’s gem ‘Children of the Revolution’ by Glam-Rock superstars T-Rex truly gave my generic head bobbing a run for its money.
If you - like me - followed the greebo/emo trend of the early noughties and listened to musicians like Marilyn Manson, appreciated the surreal performances of 'System of A Down' and fancied the pants off of Billy Joe Armstrong ALONG with the motivation to still dabble in Hot Chip’s alluring robotic bliss, then you will truly understand this band.
Initially the bands’ name, ‘Inertia’ did summon the anticipation of a band that would scramble my tiny hipster brain. I pictured colossal men tearing up and down the stage with hair covering their faces - long enough to touch toilet water - and heaps of rage projected at meat eaters and Tories and...Oh, yeah...just as I expected.
Heavy was certainly what I got! However, it wasn't QUITE as ridiculous as it sounds, or as the idea of ’scream’ itself (apologies to all the Slipknot bashers out there). These guys brought something different to any gig I’d ever been to. It was truly refreshing to see such energy and passion before me, but I probably wouldn't listen to them at home. That's the kicker. As a live experience though? Fantastic. These guys gave me a feeling of nostalgia of an era that I hadn’t even been born into, and a world I’d never been exposed to. But, you know what? I wish I had.