Third times a charm
By thargoids, Nov 30 2016 10:32PM
A review of the Stuns appearance at this years Whitby Goth Weekend from 'Cat on the Wall Webzine'
Children on Stun were… well, a hell of a lot of fun. There’s a great sense of humour to the band’s presentation. This is the band’s third appearance at Whitby Goth Weekend, and my first time watching them live. While the group are still feeling the impact of losing their guitarist, Simon Manning, they come across as tremendously positive movers, opting for more in the way of celebration than outright mourning. It feels like they have nothing but good times in their past and nothing but good times in their future. From such a ‘classic Goth’ group it may shock many in the outside circles, but in our community it resonates immensely.
Perhaps that’s one of the group’s greatest strengths; the ability to share a very personal celebration with those young and old.
Naturally, there’s far more under the bonnet. The band have an impressive selection of tracks that all feel familiar to your young author; they are the classic Goth movement. They were there in the heyday, they’ve been present in playlists for two decades and their audience still remembers them. The atmosphere and emotional weight of each track is a very real, tangible effect of the band’s writing and performance – echoing vocals, maintaining a certain distant, dreamlike quality to the more introspective tracks in the setlist, give an almost psychedelic edge to the band’s stage presence. Were it not for the communication and humour in their set, it’d feel almost menacing. One almost wonders how it’d look entirely doused in silhouette…
Combine this with a natty waistcoat and some delightfully Goth dancing moves (lovably crap would be the term I’d use) and you get a group that felt no pressure in following on a younger, louder sort of outfit and represented their own chunk of the music world perfectly.
Children on Stun have a reputation and run with it. Here, it felt exceptionally easy to see why – and it felt like I’d taken part in every twist and turn in the band’s career.