Gig review: Peaches, London
Peaches - IndigO2, London
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By incorporating a more musical side, Sundance London is already finding its own feet
Canada-born, Berlin-residing, globally uncompromising electronica queen Merrill “Peaches” Nisker neatly combined both aspects of Sundance with a 6pm UK premiere of her self-written, self-directed film, Peaches Does Herself, followed by a concert at Indig02.
The film was essentially a low-budget, dialogue-free sequence of Peaches songs, although she later claimed it had a narrative.
She made more sense live. An undertow of performance art compensated for there being no band, but there were fake penises and a couple of under-dressed dancers who often chased Peaches around stage, Benny Hill-style. Mostly, though, this was a woman on her own; donning a fat suit for reasons never explained and opening with Michael Sembello’s Maniac, reinvented as a lament.
Peaches may not be one for compromise, but as she pounded and pummelled her DJ console, she was never less than watchable. Talk To Me was a monstrous, almost alien, plea for understanding, while the throbbing Boys Wanna Be Her was electropop at its most fist-pumpingly raw.
A long evening but not one without its pleasures.