FISCHERSPOONER’s hugely anticipated debut UK gig took place last night (May 30) – and NME.COM was there.
There had been much speculation about the art meets electroclash show and how elaborate it would be. In the event, Fischerspooner played a scaled down version of their recent New York shows, which were rumoured to have cost $250,000. It was also one of the strangest debut gigs ever.
The Bridge venue, underneath London Bridge station, is a gloomy, cavernous space that used to be a car park. But it was transformed with a three-way stage, a huge lighting rig and two giant video screens which showed all the backstage preparations. The gig was full of music industry people, including many from the Ministry of Sound label checking out their £2million investment in the group. Placebo and veteran DJ Arthur Baker were also in the crowd.
After some booing, Fischerspooner arrived on stage an hour late at 11pm and launched into ‘Invisible’. Frontman Casey Spooner, who was wearing white robes, face paint and a long blonde wig, was flanked by eight dancers in corsets and giant wigs.
After a perfect live rendition of the song, it became clear that everyone on stage had been miming. Casey teased the audience by telling partner Warren Spooner (the musical brains behind the show) from the stage: “Warren, the monitors are really low for us to lip-synch to.”
Fischerspooner then ‘played’ their ‘1’ album, with costume and choreography changes, glitter storms and projections throughout.
Fischerspooner play the Meltdown Festival at the London Royal Festival Hall on June 21.