Pagan @ The Flapper, 15 May 2019


Every now and then you see a band that is enjoyable for no clear reason other than the music is great and the members look like they’re having a great time. This was certainly the case for Brighton’s Sick Joy last night, who opened up for Pagan at The Flapper in Birmingham.

Certainly, drawing similarities with their contemporaries in Demob Happy and Tigercub as well as band’s such as Dinosaur Pile Up and Nirvana sonically, the band was definitely a much lighter option as a choice of support bands. But that didn’t stop the clearly heavier leaning crowd, nodding along to the group’s engaging tunes backed by a very assured and confident performance. Even a mid-set power cut couldn’t stop the group’s flow.

Following the release of their debut record ‘Black Wash’, Pagan have been gathering momentum both in this country and their native Australia, known for their unique sound and engaging live performances. And last night The Flapper saw them take to the stage as part of a UK and European tour that takes in performances at the Slam Dunk festivals as well as support slots for Microwave and Trophy Eyes.

For anyone that hasn’t heard of the band before, the closest comparison in my opinion would be a female fronted The Computers, rock ‘n’roll riffs and disco beats accompanied by black metal-esque screaming.

Lead vocalist Nikki is the sort of performer that you can’t take your eyes off, sipping prosecco throughout the band’s short set and clearly with aspirations for bigger stages.

That’s the theme of the whole performance really, both sonically and visually the band are meant for and designed to be on much bigger stages. From the over exaggerated dance moves, LED crucifix backing light and large sound I wouldn’t be surprised if the band are on much bigger stages following their summer festival appearances.

Review: Dan Earl

Photos: Andy Watson

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