Keith Goldhanger, in association with Louder Than War, presents episode Seven of his exclusive video-documentary series “Goldhanger Shorts” (more info here).

Today the focus is on London band Bête Noire.

The first time I saw this band was in a tiny bar In Stoke Newington, East London.
It was barely 9PM during a school night and singer David was standing in the middle of the room surrounded by wild smiles from the punters lucky to be in attendance, arms in the air, head raised high, long black dress and every verse and chorus as gripping and entertaining as the next.

Previous shows have ranged from the sparsely attended to the rammed tight that we witnessed inside East London’s Old Blue Last when they performed what is to me the best show Bete Noire have done since I’ve been turning up and giving them grief about wanting them in this series of films.

The footage at the Lock Tavern in Camden Town North London was the first time I’d taken the camera out and it took a few weeks before I could capture them again in Hoxton Square one evening and find somewhere to sit them down for a chat.

Whereas most people are keen to compare this band to stuff we’ve been hearing over the past decade, what I love about this band more (well, apart from the fact that they’re “All from fucin’ Bromley”) is that they remind me of the bands we used to go and see in the 80’s.

So where are today’s goths then?

All those miserable looking kids spending their pocket money on Sunday afternoons in Camden market on Alien Sex Fiend / Siouxsie and The Banshee memorabilia?

This is the first decent goth band I’ve seen for years and such as it is with the goths of 2015 … they’re never around when you’d like them to be.

You can find Bête Noire on Facebook and twitter, as @betenoireuk.

You may subscribe to the Goldhanger Shorts Facebook page too if you so wish.

All words by Keith Goldhanger. More writing my Keith on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find Keith on Facebook and twitter, @hideouswheelinv.

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Keith Goldhanger
Keith Goldhanger -- Spent the 90's as a frontman with London noisemerchants HEADBUTT - spent the 80's in "Peel favourites" BASTARD KESTREL. Spent a few years mashing up tunes and remixing bands as HIDEOUS WHEEL INVENTION. Is often out and about getting in the way of things and bumping his head on low ceilings - drinks real ale, takes photo's has made a few short films. Will give your band the time of day but will dislike any band that balances full pints of alcohol on the top of guitar amps (Not keen on lead singers that wear hats either).

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