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Skunk Anansie deliver a near-perfect concert in Brixton

Two and a half years have passed since Skunk Anansie last appeared on stage, but now they can finally embark on their Covid-19 delayed and now 27th-anniversary tour. No one seemed happier in Brixton with this than the band’s captivating frontwoman, Skin.

Skunk Anansie – Brixton Academy, 25 March 2022

Words: Geir Amundsen, Norway Rock Magazine

Photography: Eric Duvet

Skin came whizzing out on stage during the opening song, Yes It’s Fucking Political, grinning like a Cheshire Cat, with a wild headdress that made her look more like an orange-clad Maleficent. And it must have been really special for her to be greeted with a roar from an adoring and wild audience of 4900, just a stone’s throw from the street where she grew up.

Live concert review: Skunk Anansie - Brixton Academy, 25 March 2022
Skunk Anansie, Brixton. Photo: Eric Duvet

Fair enough, it’s Skin that we are all staring mesmerized at, but Skunk Anansie has had the same lineup since 1995, and the band would not be the same without guitarist Ace, bassist Cass Lewis and drummer Mark Richardson, all of whom are essential ingredients in Skunk’s unique chemistry.

In recent years, they have been complimented on stage with Erika Footman, who has made them an even better live band with her strong backing vocals, keyboards and percussion. They were always explosive on stage, but she has given Skunk an extra dimension live.

Live concert review: Skunk Anansie - Brixton Academy, 25 March 2022
Skunk Anansie, Brixton. Photo: Eric Duvet

And Jesus F. Christ, what an opening we got. The roof lifted from the audience’s singing time and time again, and I could hardly have made a better setlist for them myself. The debut Paranoid & Sunburnt was well represented with six songs, and they lobbed And Here I Stand, I Can Dream and Weak at us like hand grenades during the first twenty minutes.

And what can I say about Skin? My God, what an amazing person. She captivates everyone in the room and has the audience wrapped around her little finger as she patrols the stage edge like a snarling panther that you have no idea will rip your face off or roll on its back, purring as its belly is scratched. Even though she has turned 54, she could just as easily have been 27, and she just oozes eroticism and unpredictability. Rock has hardly ever seen a better female front figure, and I have still not even mentioned the angelic voice that makes Adele sound like Lemmy.

Live concert review: Skunk Anansie - Brixton Academy, 25 March 2022
Skunk Anansie, Brixton. Photo: Eric Duvet

If you want to say something negative about the concert, it has to be the sound. It was muddy and horrible, especially the guitars, which were drowned out initially. But then we got a string of great songs that had everyone in the audience singing along to at the top of their voices – songs that most other bands would reserve for the encores, such as Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good).

Skunk has recently released a couple of new songs, and we got both the melodic Can’t Take You Anywhere early in the set and the furious punky Piggy as the first extra number. Brazen was a welcome surprise, a song they have not played live in over ten years. And even more surprising was a cover of AC/DC’s Highway To Hell, but if there is one song that can make absolutely everyone in the room sing along and throw their horns, that is it, regardless of whether you play for bikers, retirees or stockbrokers.

Live concert review: Skunk Anansie - Brixton Academy, 25 March 2022
Skunk Anansie, Brixton. Photo: Eric Duvet

They ended with two of their more aggressive songs, The Skank Heads (Get Off Me), performed as a duet with Erica upfront with Skin, and Little Baby Swastikkka, before an exhausted, hoarse and happy audience staggered out in the streets of Brixton.

This was a near-perfect concert, a fireworks display of a performance where almost everything clicked, from song selection, performance, atmosphere and audience participation, not least thanks to the live wire of a front figure. The only thing that pulls down is the bad sound, but we can not blame the band for that.

God, what a wonderful evening.

april

07apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, Nottingham *SOLD OUT*Rock City

08apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, ManchesterVictoria Warehouse

09apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, Brighton *SOLD OUT*Dome

11apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, CardiffUniversity Main Hall, Cardiff

12apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, Bristol *SOLD OUT*O2 Academy

14apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, CambridgeCorn Exchange

15apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, Folkestone *SOLD OUT*Leas Cliff Hall

18apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, LeicesterO2 Academy

19apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, LincolnThe Engine Shed

21apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, Norwich *SOLD OUT*UEA, Norwich

22apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, BirminghamO2 Academy

23apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, SheffieldO2 Academy

25apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, NewcastleO2 City Hall

26apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, GlasgowO2 Academy

27apr7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, LeedsO2 Academy

june

16jun7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, OxfordO2 Academy

26jun7:00 pmSkunk Anansie, SouthamptonEngine Rooms

Live concert review: Skunk Anansie - Brixton Academy, 25 March 2022
Skunk Anansie, Brixton. Photo: Eric Duvet
Live concert review: Skunk Anansie - Brixton Academy, 25 March 2022
Skunk Anansie, Brixton. Photo: Eric Duvet
Live concert review: Skunk Anansie - Brixton Academy, 25 March 2022
Skunk Anansie, Brixton. Photo: Eric Duvet

Setlist

Yes It’s Fucking Political

And Here I Stand

Because of You

I Can Dream

Weak

Twisted (Everyday Hurts)

My Ugly Boy

Can’t Take You Anywhere

100 Ways to Be a Good Girl

Love Someone Else

I Believed in You

God Loves Only You

Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)

Without You

This Means War

Intellectualise My Blackness

Tear the Place Up

Charlie Big Potato

Encore:
Piggy

Brazen (Weep)

Highway to Hell (AC/DC cover)

The Skank Heads (Get Off Me)

Little Baby Swastikkka

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