09.14.2004 Evening with Siouxsie Stubb’s B-B-Q, Austin, TX
My attempt to find anyone in the world as into Siouxsie as I am has so far failed. This will only be the second show in my history that I attend solo. However, as much of a bomb as my previous experiences with Siouxsie have been, her music still blows me away. This tour was rescheduled from dates in May and June, and at that time, I planned a road trip around seeing Siouxsie at the House of Blues in New Orleans on May 30, 2004. For the rescheduled dates, Austin seemed easier.
The most recent album by the Creatures is exquisite. Recording with percussion legend Leonord Eto, they put together a fucking beautiful collection of songs. Now they are touring with him. That alone forces me to go, even though my previous two dates with Siouxsie were pretty bad. The tour was originally scheduled for May and June, 2004, so I bought tickets to the New Orleans date on May 30, and my friends and I built a road trip around this date so I could be there. Cancelled due to a sinus reinfection. For the rescheduled dates in September, I decided the Austin date was easier to attend because the closest she is coming to the east coast is New York City, which is not really any more convenient than flying to Texas. The performance is listed as being a mix of Banshees and Creatures songs, but I am primarily interested in stuff off of the new album Hai!.
The show was billed as an intimate evening with Siouxsie Sioux incorporating songs from her time with both the Banshees and the Creatures. The set was devoted to Creatures material including an opening collection of songs from the new album. There were also a scattered mix of b-sides in promotion of the anticipated release of the Banshees’ four disc b-sides collection in November. Leonard Eto and Budgie took the stage alone for a five minute dueling percussion introduction to “Say Yes!” that fairly mimicked the version off of the album. Joining them onstage were two back up singers, a bassist, and a keyboard player, and of course, Siouxsie Sioux herself. She wore a dark kimono gown with white flowing sleeves. No geisha make-up, but a head piece in a Japanese style. She had on a pant suit underneath, stunning with cleavage. And despite massive sinus problems that closed her throat completely in March, she sounded the best I had ever heard her.
Mixing influences from her two bands turned out an inspired performance. The Creatures’ tribal beats snuck into Banshees’ songs “Kiss Them For Me” and “Happy House” while the Banshees trademark fuzz showed up early during “Standing There” and stayed late for “Take Mine.” The highlight of the hour plus show were the new songs, breathed to life with Siouxsie’s fiery vocals (and rather distracting arm waving) and the pounding drums. “Godzilla!” was monstrous. A reworked “Kiss Them For Me” almost sounded like a U2-pop song, and it was no fluke – “Another Planet” had the same All That You Can’t Leave Behind vibe. The main set closed with an extended Calypso version of “2nd Floor” that had Siouxsie on a drum kit with Budgie. Eto came back on the stage for the length of the encore, flavoring some old songs with a Japanese influence.
The Banshees have a b-sides collection set for release this year and all of their albums are getting remastered make-overs for 2005.
Around the World
Miss The Girl
Face To Face
Kiss Them For Me