Working Men’s Club, Lazarus Kane – The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent – 22/02/20

I was working in Stoke for the weekend and saw that ‘Working Men’s Club’ were playing at the Sugarmill – they’d impressed me last year, so I popped along to see what they were up to.

Support was from Lazarus Kane who did a good line in driving, drum machine led, indie pop tunes. The (?)American lead singer has no issues with self-confidence – like a shameless Ian McCulloch…..

Working Men’s Club do a lot of insistent synth led pop too and being from Manchester will get compared (not unfairly) to New Order – their sound has ‘Factory’ written all over it. Swapping instruments they are very accomplished at what they do. The 3 males are animated and obviously well into it, with the lead singer stripping off his T-shirt with dance fuelled sweat. The female in the band was either very cheesed off tonight or is cultivating that ‘I don’t give a fuck’ persona that worked so well for Poison Ivy in the Cramps. Hilarious.

Bob the Chiropodist

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