Gig Write Up

In the Black Midwinter, 2019

Name: In the Black Midwinter, 2019
Date: 8 December 2019

Venue: RS Bar
Address:

Saint Mary’s Gate
Sheffield

There were supposed to be more gigs this year! Returning to play Goth City in 2018 fired us a bit so we started to work a bit on fixing up old demos and getting “New Dave” up to speed on them. The idea was to practice and see out 2018 to get ready for a 2019 of action. We’ve caught the bug and were enthusiastic for more and then… life happened.

Some stuff changed during 2019 which make getting together really difficult and effectively put the whole thing back on hiatus. Great! We effectively paused till midway through the year till Derek nudged us about playing the festival he was putting on in our home town. Playing a local festival was too much of an opportunity to turn down, especially with how the line up was shaping up so we tried to make it work.

It’s not a Marshall, but it’ll do pig.

Again, we started up with practices, this time working in the increased amount of travelling needed making it a bit more awkward. Then, just as we started to find out feet again, the weather went nuts and started flooding South Yorkshire! Lined up practices fell away due to transport chaos and time continued to march on adding additional pressures but we just had to ride it out. We managed to get another two songs down, meaning we could tweak the set a little adding Fragile World and Sleepwalking in and then finally ready!

…but again it was like slipping on old shoes:

Photo by Derek Williams

I think it went well! I don’t remember any mess ups at all, and being sneaky and getting to the venue super early to get a proper soundcheck with a willing sound guy really helped.

We finished, again with a similar plan to last time: See the year out then get our heads down for more gigs and finishing that second album. 2020 would be ours for the taking…. I suspect the closing of the venue shortly after this gig was a harbinger of what 2020 was going to bring us.

Set List

  • Fragile World
  • Second Skin
  • Killing Floor
  • Blood and Sand
  • Final Resolve
  • White Wedding
  • Sleepwalking

Photo Credits

Andy Staley | Restless Focus

Goth City: Season Of The Witch, 2018

Name: Goth City: Season Of The Witch, 2018
Date: 20 October 2018
Line Up:

Rome Burns
Saigon Blue Rain
Last July
The Way Of All Flesh
Isolation Division
Voi Vang


Venue: Wharf Chambers
Address:

Leeds
UK

It’s all Joel’s fault.

We were laid out in a long peaceful rest having spluttered to an unfortunate demise in March 2009 with Dave’s sudden parting from the band. Although Steve and I had muttered about doing things, and occasionally fired up old demos and tinkered with them, nothing was happening and then…

Hi Kelly, I hope you are well! Just wondering – would TWOAF be at all interested in performing at Goth City Festival next year? Obviously it’s all for charity do it’d be expenses only but you guys were an important part of the Yorkshire scene so it would be great recognise that by having you on the bill 🙂

Goth City Promotions – 28th May 2017

Well, that was unexpected. We mulled on it, and responded an enthusiastic, but really only half believed yes. We cast a request out for a vocalist out into Facebook mostly, I mean there didn’t seem to be much left out there where you could get the attention of any one for this sort of thing. We didn’t get many bites to be honest, until a friend of mine suggested they wanted a go at singing and we jumped at the chance.

By the end of February, we’d confirmed he could actually sing and got back to Joel to confirm it was on!

Amp stands. All they are fit for

Throughout 2018 we wrangled our lives to around to start fitting back a regularly practice and start remembering everything. It turns out that that you can accumulate quite a bit of rush by not playing for nearly 10 years. We had to replace some kit, the older drum machine and Korg D8 were something we no longer wanted to (or needed) to rely on, combining them into something sleeker and more newfangled. Kate pretty much replaced her entire rig but then, we kinda expected that. I just blew the dust of my Gibson Gothic and Pod XT Live. They work.

Eventually October rolled along without us quite squeezing as many practised in as we really wanted. I suspect that was us remembering our old weekly come rain or shine practices which kept us quite solid, but to be honest, after we snuck up onto the stage after Isolation Division finished their set and go ourselves ready. It felt right to be back up there and once started, for me at least, felt like I’d never been away.

The event felt pretty joyous, probably helped by playing to a lot of familiar faces who had made the journey up to Leeds from Sheffield to catch us one more. Thanks to all of you again. But also, there were new faces who we hoped enjoyed it.

The rest of the night was pretty drink fuelled for me. Playing on the same bill as Rome Burns felt like a return to the golden years somewhat and filled me with hope for a load more exciting gigs to come. Sadly, that didn’t happen, but more to come on that…

– Kelly

Set List

  • Second Skin
  • Killing Floor
  • Blood and Sand
  • Final Resolve
  • Never Again
  • White Wedding

Reviews

Photo Credits

Adam W | amodelofcontrol.com

Selene Rising

Name: Selene Rising
Date: 8 December 2007
Line Up:

The Way Of All Flesh
Dyonisis


Venue: The Moon
Address:

Upperthorpe
Sheffield
UK

The Moon was a new pub in Upperthorpe in Sheffield. It had taken over the rather ominous looking Office, a pub which had a little bit of a reputation, but was close in the side of the city where of our friends lived. They had a regular meet up on a Friday evening for a few beers, and as they were looking for a new place, installed themselves in The Moon tempted by a good selection of beers and a friendly landlord.

Tony, one of our regular roadies spotted they had a backroom and took a look and convinced them to let him put on gig. They didn’t have a stage, more like the inverse of a stage, with a sunken floor at the back of the room with raise seating around it, but it looked like a great space for a couple of bands.

Tim of Nightingale Audio was quickly volunteered to sort out the PA and do the mixing. I was working with some Leeds Students at the time who had access to a swanky HD video camera (which were rather expensive at the time!) and arranged for Andy Hawnt to do some filming as well. Tim also offered to catch the audio separately to supplement the video. (although this didn’t quite work out as well as planned)

It wasn’t hard to get Dyonisis to sign up for supporting at all and then Cis, Kate and Erica decided they wanted to put on a Belly Dance Performance, complete with Isis Wings for Andromeda as the lead track!

We had a pretty good turn out but the slightly out of town location made it mostly a “Sheffield regulars” events, but that didn’t matter really. There was an “incident” towards the end of the gig where I crashed my guitar headstock into Kate’s leading me to being quite out of tune for White Wedding. It sounded pretty bad consequently, but it really didn’t matter 🙂

Live Video

Photo Credits

Richard King | richardskingdom.net

The Floor Show

Name: The Floor Show
Date: 2 September 2007
Line Up:

NFD
Rome Burns
Voices of Masada
Rhombus
The Way Of All Flesh
Dyonisis
Error 404
Raqsmacabre


Venue: The Other Rooms
Address:

Newcastle Upon Tyne
UK

From a random Livejournal post

“I’ve not seen many reviews of the gig of course, but the chaos of the soundcheck didn’t result in a bad night at all. If the music is good, the audience don’t seem to mind technical and running issues I guess :D. Mind you, being as there were so many bands there, I’m not entirely sure how many of the people there were actual punters. Kev will probably be able to answer that. Our set was interesting. It was pretty close to the West Street Live set with a track dropped out. Mostly stuff that isn’t on Esprit as well. I managed to snap a string in the 2nd song which was a little annoying as I’ve been enjoying playing the Les Paul Gothic at the moment and didn’t want to change! After that we had a repeat of the drum machine not starting quick enough on ‘Echoes’ which happened at a previous gig. As I have to count the beats at the start of that track to know where to come in, it meant we had to restart the track which never looks good. Apparently it’s something to do with there not being enough space at the start of the midi track for MojoJojo to get ready, or something. We played some nearly ultra new stuff; Killing Floor and 2MinutesHate have only been played live once before. They both sounded very odd on stage and I wasn’t sure how they were going down, but both got a good round of applause. I also managed to slide a chunk of skin off my strumming hand thumb. Serves me right for poncing around with my guitar I think.

Next gig is in Leeds on the 23rd with Zeitgeist Zero and Memento Mori, and then a new one at the Grapes (not played there in AAGES) on the 30th with Cobwebs (which I think is their live debut?)”

Set List

  • Second Skin
  • Castaway
  • Echoes
  • Killing Floor
  • Never Again
  • Two Minutes Hate
  • Blood and Sand
  • Fragile World
  • Last Words
  • Final Resolve

Woolstock, 2006

Name: Woolstock, 2006
Date: 8 December 2006
Line Up:

The Ghost Of Lemora
Zombina And The Skeletones
The Way Of All Flesh
Lesbian Bed Death


Venue: Mixing Tin
Address:

Leeds
UK

Review

Kelly from The Way of All Flesh tells me later that he was a bit worried about following LBD based on how strong their set was and how well it had gone down.
However, TWOAF are as strong and reliable as always. If you like your Goth traditional, then you know you’re going to enjoy TWOAF. I don’t think they play any new songs tonight, so it’s going through the motions from debut ‘Espirit D’Escalier’, reminding everyone the strength of what they have done. I would not have minded a couple of newer numbers so they could demonstrate the strength of what they’re doing
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(7)

Kev Morris TWF Magazine Issue 8

Photo Credits

Paul Beech | guru.gg

The Head Of Steam, Newcastle, 2006

Name: The Head Of Steam, Newcastle, 2006
Date: 16 July 2006
Line Up:

The Way Of All Flesh
Dyonisis


Venue: The Head Of Steam
Address:

Newcastle Upon Tyne
UK

Review

I suppose the contrast between the two bands tonight is a kind of fire and ice. While
Dyonisis are mellow and enchanting, The Way of All Flesh are here to rock your
socks off.

Well, they’re here to try and rock your socks off, but the heat means some people are
like yo-yo’s to the dancefloor (although some dedicated fans do dance the whole set
through).

They actually play a specially extended set for this gig. Because of this you get the
album almost in its entirety, plus a good selection of new songs. Their album is a
strong album; fittingly they manage to take their set through some of the different
musical contrasts of the album. You can be blown away by ‘Final Resolve’ and then
get your lighters out for the balladic ‘Espirit D’escalier’.

New material is also sounding promising, it’s keeping up a rockier pace and it’s
keeping that same core TWOAF sound. Having heard the songs once, it’s maybe too
early to case a verdict, but these are sounding like a natural and promising
progression of the band.

I wasn’t really surprised there were calls for an encore, the band had made a real
impact, and it was nice to hear their version of ‘Alice’, although (not sure if anybody
noticed) Kelly forgot to tune his guitar back to normal, having detuned it for set
finisher ‘Last Words’. It’s a stonking cover and I wouldn’t be surprised if it crops up
in their set again from time to time.

It’s a strong performance in whole and it really adds some added heat to an already
hot day! Perhaps my only criticism being the over-plugging of merchandise! I mean,
it’s important for the band to sell merchandise, but it gets a bit of overkill! Still, small
on the scope of it… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(8)

Kev Morris TWF Magazine Issue 7

Set List

  • Sleepwalking
  • Andromeda
  • White Wedding
  • Never Again
  • Second Skin
  • Castaway
  • Blood and Sand
  • Final Resolve
  • Esprit d’Escalier
  • Echoes
  • Last Words
  • Alice (Encore)
  • Desensitised (Encore)

Midian, 2005

Name: Midian, 2005
Date: 25 September 2005
Line Up:

Killing Miranda
616 Abortions
Voices Of Masada
The Way Of All Flesh
Rome Burns
Deadfilmstar
Flight


Venue: Hex
Address:

Birkenhead
UK

Review

However, The Way of All Flesh do seem to have that ‘extra edge’
to them. Self-professed ‘Unashamed Gothic Rock.’ TWOAF are
just that. ‘Esprit d’Escalier’ is an extremely strong album, so it
makes full sense they practically play it in its entirety tonight.
Surprising, the only omission is the title track!
‘Andromeda’ is epic on galactic levels, whilst ‘So Cold’ is like a
long-forgotten classic re-discovered. We could argue until the cows
come home whether having a more 80’s sound is a good thing, or a
bad thing, but the facts are that TWOAF have a very strong arsenal
of material which can be enjoyed whatever your leanings. . . . . .(7)

Kev Morris, TWF Magazine Issue 5

Set List

  • Abused
  • Sleepwalking
  • Blood and Sand
  • Fragile World
  • Andromeda
  • Final Resolve
  • So Cold
  • Never Again
  • Desensitised