The Membranes: Islington Assembly Hall, London – photo review

The Membranes © Naomi Dryden-Smith

Islington rocked to The Membranes’ London bash last weekend, featuring The Membranes plus Choir, Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life, as well as The Cravats and the Wolfhounds

Arriving just in time to catch Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life, the civilised art deco Assembly Hall is vocal and sweaty tonight, enjoying Steve’s unique and legendary punk poetry in an acoustic vein. He’s in fine voice and his charisma is palpable – it’s brilliant storytelling.

Steve Ignorant © Naomi Dryden-Smith

Steve Ignorant © Naomi Dryden-Smith

Steve Ignorant © Naomi Dryden-Smith

The Membranes follow with their unique postpunk energy, John Robb a mesmerising driving force surrounded by Nick Brown (guitar), Peter Byrchmore (guitar) and Rob Haynes (drums), and an enthusiastic and rich-sounding choir. The choir/punk combo probably shouldn’t work, but it really does – it’s a superb and uplifting show.

The Membranes © Naomi Dryden-Smith

The Membranes © Naomi Dryden-Smith

The Membranes © Naomi Dryden-Smith

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You can keep up to date with Steve Ignorant on Twitter, Facebook and his official website.

You can follow The Membranes on Twitter, Facebook and their website. Or even better, catch them at either of their next shows:

Fri 19 October Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate, Kent
Sat 20 October The Con Club, Lewes, Sussex


All words and photos by Naomi Dryden-Smith. You can find more of Naomi’s work for Louder Than War here, and she (occasionally) tweets as @nomeshome. Also on Facebook and Instagram. Naomi’s Photography portfolio can be found here

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