MTV Review: Brody Dalle Rocks London's Electric Ballroom
The former Distillers frontwoman is touring under her own name...
After a four year hiatus, punk rock queen Brody Dalle was back in black on Thursday night, rocking a rammed Electric Ballroom in London like she’d never been away.
Feeling: An animated crowd packed out the bowels of the club-sized venue, eager to see Dalle return to form after a hiatus from the music scene. In her classically understated (dare we say Australian?) style, Brody hit the stage with no theatrics: just her, her band and a guitar.
The Look: Wearing a black vest that showed off her tattoos, a pair of skinny jeans and her bleach blonde hair falling in front of her face, from far away she resembled a female version of Kurt Cobain.
Tunes: While the 60-minute set was largely dedicated to Dalle’s latest record, Diploid Love, there were enough tunes from albums past to keep the die-hards happy, with Brody peppering in hits such as Dismantle Me, City of Angels and Ghetto Love from her previous bands, The Distillers and Spinnerette. Her latest single, solo effort Meet the Foetus / Oh The Joy, had the entire audience singing along.
Banter: Letting the guitars do most of the talking, Brody saved her gravel-tinged voice for the songs, although it was clear she was stoked to be back. Before introducing the track Parties for Prostitutes, she did stop to enquire whether it was anyone’s birthday, laughing when half the venue put their hands up in the hope of getting a birthday dedication out of her.
Sweat Factor: Regardless of gender, almost everyone in the audience was enthralled by Dalle’s throaty vocals and rock star presence. Coupled with the mosh pit up front, this gig definitely had the Sweat Factor.
Summary: With her ‘don’t give a f*** attitude’ and repertoire of catchy punk rock anthems, Dalle is the closest living embodiment Planet Rock has to Nirvana frontman Kurt. While it’s been four years since Spinnerette disbanded, leaving a Brody-less alternative music scene in its wake, as Dalle moved seamlessly between the angst-ridden songs of her youth to the more mature Diploid Love, with its Queens of the Stone Age and Garbage influences, on Thursday night, it was like she’d never been away.
By Karen Yossman @mtvuknews