VNV Nation have long been a stand-out band in the EBM scene, smashing through boundaries and uniting alternative and dance music fans alike with their own quirky fusion of dark lyrics and strong EBM fuelled beats. They are also renowned for their explosive live shows incorporating lasers and haze machines producing a truly unique experience. Opening the Manchester leg of their Noire tour was Empathy Test, providing an up-tempo introduction to the night. However, their music I found was certainly unremarkable, and left me wanting more despite their polished songs.
VNV Nation’s energy was undeniable, and had the entire room moving, smashing through older tracks such as the heartbreaking “Illusion” with its haunting piano melody refusing to leave a dry eye in the house, to their thumping bass heavy track “Control”, encouraging the audience to “get up and dance”. Ronan Harris, ever the charismatic frontman, made sure through their entire 2-hour set that everyone was captivated.
Incorporating the new with the old, closing with “All Our Sins” and its dramatic drum beat made sure it was a dramatic ending to the night, sending everyone home on a high. All in all, VNV Nation are a band I would definitely recommend you try and catch live, especially if you love alternative dance worthy beats and (obviously!) a good dance!
Pictures by Charlotte Martin Photography