New Jacobin Club Review

April 6, 2016 | By:


Photo taken from the New Jacobin Club Facebook page

In search of a unique Punk band I have been fortunate to come across New Jacobin Club, originally from Saskatoon Canada and consisting of The Horde – Vocals/ Guitar, Poison Candi – Vocals/ Theremin/ Percussion, Mistress Nagini – Backing Vocals/ Keyboards, The Ruin – Bass, The Luminous – Cello and Rat King – Drums. These goth-punks are known for having an exceptionally colossal stage presence and for their darkly flamboyant stage theatrics and sideshow stage performers.  New Jacobin Club are soon to begin a UK tour which will mark the band’s achievement of being one of the longest running Theatrical Punk group’s in Canada and also the success of their most recent album ‘Soldiers of the Mark’ which happens to be the band’s 5th full length album in nearly 20 years.  This album truly stands out with an apocalyptic feel and mixed sound that has also been described as “a cauldron of classic goth, 70’s rock and power metal” influenced by combined male and female lead vocals, theremin and an ascending electric cello. Vocalist/guitarist Xerxes Horde (also known simply as “The Horde”) commented – “This is really way overdue for us – this tour. We went through a lot of changes a few years back, just as we started to really gain some momentum with our last album. But I think it was for the best because those changes prompted us to go ahead with recording ‘Soldiers of The Mark’ before looking at the possibility of touring overseas again.”
This unexampled band fuses everything from torches and swords to glowing masks and armoured corsets, vocalist/theremin queen Poison Candi has added that  – “We still don’t know what we’re all going to be able to bring over for the theatrical aspect of the show, but I promise you it’ll be a good time….we have a lot planned – new songs, new visuals, some acoustic performances, we can’t wait to get over there! ” This is most certainly exciting as I feel that a lot of bands concentrate purely on the sound with a certain disregard for crowd participation and stage theatrics where as ‘New Jacobin Club’ ensure that all three are essential to the show as a whole and deliver a mind blowing and somewhat spellbinding sound alongside a show that is visually outstanding.
Strongly influenced by 80’s goth-punk and early thrash ‘New Jacobin Club’ signed to U.S. indie label Transparent Records in 1998 and then pushed ahead with the release of ‘A Lesson in Mortality’ followed by their second album ‘Retake the Throne’ in 2003.  ‘New Jacobin Club’ have continued to top charts and wow audiences over the years with unsettling freak show stunts and an addictive sound leaving fans outside of Canada desperate to see them live.  I am ecstatic that this wait is nearly over and the chance to witness this epic band is almost upon us.  I for one will be first in line to see this undeniably impressive group in their upcoming UK Tour.

Photo taken from the New Jacobin Club Facebook page

New Jacobin Club – UK TOUR
Fri June 3 – Leicester, UK @ Firebug w/ the Glass House Museum
Sat June 4 – Morecambe, UK @ Headway Hotel w/ Victor & the Bully
Tue June 7 – Reading, UK @ Castle Tap
Wed June 8 – London, UK @ the Black Heart w/ Orpheum
Fri June 10 – Exeter, UK @ the Barnfield Theatre – Clifford RM w/ the WattingerS
Sat June 11 – Newcastle-u-Lyme, UK @ the Rigger, Stoke w/ the Glass House Museum
Mon June 13 – Brighton, UK @ the Greendoor Store w/ the Dark Design, Fable

Photo taken from the New Jacobin Club Facebook page