LIVE: JAH WOBBLE’s INVADERS OF THE HEART, Hebden Bridge Trades Club, 7th Nov 2014

My Live Review of the immense Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart, reblogged from @BackseatMafia where I now contribute music and art interviews and reviews. Wobble is the ex-bassist from the legendary, post-punk PiL. John Lydon always gets the publicity for his vocals/lyrics, but for me it was the original musicians of PiL – Jah, Martin Atkins and Keith Levine – who were the true visionaries and experimentalists. All individually doing some really interesting projects now too.

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It’s been 20 odd years since the last outing of Jah Wobble’s Invaders, with tonight being one of a mere handful of gigs. Originally planned to coincide with a new album of covers and the forthcoming Redux Box Set (now expected in the New Year) they now serve as something of a live prelude to both. Not surprising then, that the smallish, much-acclaimed Trades Club venue is heaving.

Lesser men would let the palpable buzz of crowd excitement go to their head, but John `Jah Wobble’ Wardle is as earthed, yet charismatic, as his low-end bass-lines. So the band start up with little by the way of introduction, allowing the music to speak for itself as they warm us up with a couple of instrumental numbers, including a reflective rendition of the `Midnight Cowboy’ theme.

An inspired cover of `Get Carter’ starts with an apt sample of dialogue from the…

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