Soundmaker : 7 May 1983
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY/SPK
The Electric Ballroom, London
And so the capital came to be blessed with the opening of a club that
had hosted so many previous sweaty nights of mayhem. The Electric Ballroom
remains hot, claustrophobic and an ideal alternative to the club scene
and pubs. It's good that it's back in use.
SPK hardly rechristen the place with vital 'rock'n roll', an atonal trio immersed in smoking pyres and chanted backing tapes. Brian, the focal point, smashes with fervour at various bits of metal, tubes and drums; he hacks at meat and nearly decapitates some of the crowd. Like Einsturzende Neubauten they create a feeling of unease but lack the tension and menace of the Berlin Boys. Worth seeing though.