Peel/I Speak Machine (Tara Busch)
London - 9
"One of the best performances I
have ever seen"
one day festival Electro London taking place the next day, meaning I
would be out for most of Saturday, the opportunity to see both Tara
Busch and Hannah Peel at the same event the night before was too great
an opportunity to miss.
The Troika Tour consists of 3 bands with a rotating headline act for
each gig between I Speak Machine (Tara Busch), Hannah Peel and Kite
The opening act on this night was I
Speak Machine, which consists of Tara Busch on Moog,
effects and vocals with backing films by her partner Maf Lewis. The
opening piece was Zombies
1985 a short film set in 1985, that involves Gary and Gemma
Numan's children. The film was very retro and Tara's live soundtrack
was incredible. This was followed by Dark & Lonely Water,
Blood From A Stone
and then into Tara's interpretation of Simon & Garfunkel's The Sound of Silence
which was stunning. Next up were performances of Delia Is Falling, Crawl Home, Hellhouse and The Demon,
and The Dove.
Photos [L-R]: I Speak Machine (Tara Busch) x3
The end of the show caught me unawares at first - the music built up
and then Tara started singing a familiar tune "La, La La, La Lalla, La Lal La
Lala" and it took me a few seconds to recognise it as the
start of Tara's interpretation of Cars
by Gary Numan. You could in no way describe this as a cover but is was
absolutely brilliant, but in a totally different way to the original.
The combination of Maf's films, Tara's ability to develop sounds and
effects and the quality of the performance was incredible. One of the
best performances I have ever seen. 9/10
(Not bad for an 'opening act'! LOL.)
Having been astounded by Tara's performance, I
really did worry that Hannah
would struggle to follow it. I should not have had any such doubts.
Hannah's music whilst still mainly synth based is totally different to
Tara's, so complemented that performance very well.
Hannah's set consisted of her tracks from her new album Awake But
Always Dreaming which is out at the end of September 2016.
list consisted of Standing
On The Roof of The World, Hope Lasts,
Tenderly, Don't Take It Out On Me,
All That Matters,
Cars In The Garden
Photos [L-R]: Hannah Peel x3
Whilst most tracks were played on a mixture of synth
and violin, a highlight for me was Cars
In The Garden, played on a hand
punched music box. Hannah was joined on stage by a live drummer that
re-inforced the sound and her voice was beautiful. Again, another top
Unfortunately I made the mistake of going for a drink before
the Kite Base
performance, and I returned to a very full stage area, and the sound
quality in that part of the venue was not great. The tracks sounded
very good, but it would be unfair for me to review, especially as time
was pressing and I could only listen to the first couple of tracks. But
what I heard was very good.
Overall this was an excellent night, my only dilemma was I had
not taken much cash for merchandise, so I had to choose between
purchasing Hannah's new album (available before release) or Tara's
vinyl. In the end I went for Hannah's album as I really did want to
hear it again, and did not want to wait until the end of the month. 9/10
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