It was Christmas come early for those of gothy persuasion. For on this cold, wet Tuesday night in Belfast, Wayne Hussey – frontman of goth rockers The Mission – was in town as part of his extensive tour of solo shows to promote new solo album – Songs of Candlelight and Razorblades.
The venue for the nights entertainment was Voodoo, a suitably intimate setting for a set of stripped down Mission classics and an assortment of covers – alongside songs from the new album. Voodoo’s small stage was illuminated by fake candlelight and plenty of dry ice helped set the scene for a cozy gathering of patient fans who have awaited a return of Hussey for over at least twenty years.
Armed with guitars of the acoustic and electric variety (and at one point an ukulele), keyboard, and drum track, Hussey performed new interpretations of fan favorites – including ‘Like A Child Again, Severina, and a medley of Wasteland with Like A Hurricane’ along with several covers – such as George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ (introduced as ‘Its a great pop song, the only thing Andrew Eldritch and he agreed on’ – Radiohead’s ‘Lucky’, The Cure’s ‘Night Like This’ And All About Eve’s ‘Martha’s Harbour’.
Between songs, banter was exchanged with the audience – and at several points, the extremely sticky floor of the venue provided unintentional comic relief along with a embarrassing moment of incorrect audience participation during Butterfly On A Wheel.
For the gathered fans – this was a great opportunity to see a different side of the Mission frontman, away from rock and roll and excess and excessive showmanship and whilst the more stripped back approach to familiar material might not appeal to the hardcore purists – the evening was well received and feedback for Husseys new solo material was very positive. Adrian Knight, GiggingNI.com