Goth City Festival: The Main Event

Wharf Chambers, Leeds

26th November 2016

This time The Lost Souls had a brilliant gig at Goth City Festival: The Main Event on Saturday. Sophie Luchinsky was there to watch them play live.

Goth City Festival 2016 opened in Leeds on Friday November 11th and the main even was on Saturday November 26th featuring The Lost Souls, The Black Riders Cult, Dawn of Elysium, Hands of Industry, Last July and Salvation. For a relatively small venue Wharf Chambers provides an excellent sonic experience at stage level.


Formed in Leeds in 2011 by Adrian Payne (guitar and vocals) and Patrick Hooson (bass and backing vocals) the English post punk band The Lost Souls was influenced by the post punk of the late 70s and early 80s. They have been recognizable figures on the Leeds underground scene. They have their own unique post punk sound sometimes reminiscent and inspired by Joy DivisionGang Of FourSiouxsie and The Clash.

I’ve been listening frequently to The Lost Souls since the first time I discovered them three years ago and it was delightful to meet them before and after the gig. It was equally thrilling to find that they don’t sacrifice any of their studio work to simplify their live performance.

The Lost Souls prioritized songs from their last album but they did also play two excellent cover songs Damaged Goods Gang of Four and Digital Joy Division. Their live performance had a lot of energy with blazing guitar riffs and lyrical vocals. The first song was She Tells Herself – with great vocals and excellent guitars and drums background – words are written by Patrick Hooson, music is written by Adrian Payne. The next songs were Losing Is Easy started with great guitar intro full of energy the song was fast and swift and Say I Will – another vivid and bright melodic song with nice lyrics in it.
One of their they most definitive songs Johnny Ain’t Coming, written by guitarist Adrian Payne, is an excellent song song with a bit of psychedelic guitar theme with meaningful lyrics. The song is about the slaughter of young soldiers during the First World War and it was performed on stage really amazing.


Despair (written by Patrick Hooson) sounded excellent on stage as well with great guitar riffs.

Satellite is another song written by Adrian Payne and a tribute to Lou Reed with a mix of a fantastic guitar riffs with great lyrics too. The next song Don’t Waste Your Life is great song with catchy lyrics and beautiful background guitar sound. 20161126_184457

Adrian Payne’s passionate lucid singing and sparkling guitar, pounding drum sound was really exciting and I was particularly impressed with the drive that they get from their bassist Patrick Hooson.

With an authentic post punk sound The Lost Souls made The Goth City Festival night truly a memorable one.

All words by Sophie Luchinsky. More writing by Sophie can be found at her Louder Than War author’s archive.

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