Sectioned and the Strobe: Sickest Fairytale Ever.

Sectioned and the Strobe: Sickest Fairytale Ever.

Sectioned are something of an acquired taste I guess. If you like the taste of your own blood in your mouth because your body is been forced to spontaneously bleed by how heavy and unrelentingly aggressive their music is then they’re probably  to your tastes.

Presumably then Sectioned will reach their commercial peak once they’re exposed to those of a gothic persuasion who like indulge vampiric tendencies. That being the case, the band should probably in invested in some branded baggy trousers with dangly bits on them.

Sectioned // photograph by Calum McMillan
Sectioned // photograph by Calum McMillan

This show was sick. It took the band a bit of time to build momentum but by the end of their abrasive and admirably confrontational set pretty much everyone in Ivory Blacks was left feeling thoroughly unnerved. A few people even left and conventional wisdom dictates that everything brilliant while invariably alienate at least a few people. Or it could just be this band are really loud and they forgot their ear plugs. It’s a close call.

Sectioned’s biggest assets, apart from the hilariously vibrant colour of their guitars, is their ability to create an atmosphere of genuine menace throughout their performance. Plenty of bands are loud, heavy and fast but it’s all a bit pantomime and  laughable. Which isn’t to say those bands are bad, they’re all talented but their shows don’t quite deliver on the atmosphere that their sound seems to promise.

Sectioned // photograph by Calum McMillan
Sectioned // photograph by Calum McMillan

Shows as frenetic, intense and unnerving as this are few and far between. Mostly that’s down to the band’s music, partially it’s down to the disconcerting nature of having their set solely lit by a single strobe light. Which may be dirt cheap, but marks Sectioned out as one of the few Scottish heavy bands to have put any money into something resembling an interesting production for their live show.

Screens with your name on in front of your amps don’t count. Try harder.

Maybe don’t try as hard as Sectioned though. You might hurt yourself.

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