The Fly, London, 10 April 2008
Experiments In Violent Light was one of the best and most
creative debuts of last year. Though, as is often the case,
it seemed to slip beneath most of the media’s radar
– aside from being runner-up for album of the year
in The Times. The album creeps up on you, transforming
itself from a hypnotic leftfield curiosity into an album
that becomes irresistibly accessible with repeated listens.
Polish-born singer and composer Pati Yang and sometime David
Holmes collaborator Stephen Hilton’s music
is a heady brew of rabble-rousing electronic rock, rough-edged
beats and dark atmospherics on one hand and hook-heavy at
times, mellow contemplativeness on the other.
hit the ground running tonight with the glam rock stomp
of FlyKKiller, then delve into the edgy Peroxide before
flowing into current single Shine Out, shifting styles and
tempos but maintaining momentum. New material is also aired,
from uplifting, fuzzy electronica with euphoric dance hooks
to ragga basslines that get the throng jumping around joyfully.
Pati Yang is lost in the moment with her heart on her sleeve
throughout, walking off the small Fly stage a couple of
times to join the crowd as she sings and dances.
and dark combine within both the music, with its delicate
melodies and scuffed beats, and the vocals, which are tender
and light one minute then raw and raging the next. There
may be a subtle sense of artists such as Massive
Attack, Siouxie Sioux and Portishead
but these are merely faint echoes that do little to dilute
FlyKKiller’s own striking identity. Besides there
are broader influences such as hip hop, pop, goth and industrial
at play as well.
and not polished to ease digestion, this was a mesmerising
performance full of brooding passion, energy and emotion.
It’s a spectacle deserving of larger venues where
FlyKKiller can really spread their creative wings both musically
and visually. With images and artwork created by Pati herself
displayed throughout the venue to add to the full-on sensory
experience and even the sign altered to The FlyKKiller for
the night, the self-signed duo’s attention to detail
lack of widespread recognition may be due to the fact there
is so much, readily accessible music out there now that
it’s hard to get yourself heard as a band, however
good you are. Sometimes cultivating a fanbase through word
of mouth is far better than overnight fame and fortune though,
plus it means the band are allowed to evolve at their own
pace. One thing that’s for certain though, FlyKKiller
have the potential to achieve widespread success and it’s
more a case of when that happens, rather than if.
- Ian Roullier, 04/2008