The Banshees were never Siouxsie’s backing band. They weren’t Siouxsie … and the Banshees. They were ‘Siouxsie and the Banshees’ – singular. A unit of which Siouxsie was the front woman.
This event wasn’t marketed as ‘Siouxsie and the Banshees’ but as ‘Siouxsie Sioux’ so it wasn’t as if we had been duped. It is a solo act and these guys are the backing band. What is confusing though is they try so hard to sound like the Banshees, including starting with twelve Banshees songs in a row.
These guys are probably more technically adept than the Banshees’ musicians ever were. They can probably play their tunes far more precisely. But there are no cracks, no flaws, the edges that makes a sound and experience unique. And most crucially they lack that huge but intangible authenticity that comes from playing music that they themselves crafted and created. This is like watching the world’s best Banshees tribute band fronted by the real Siouxsie.
And coming from that context – boy, they are good.
read MUCH MUCH more here Siouxsie Sioux – Royal Festival Hall.