Female duo Deux Furieuses take to the stage at The Islington in London tonight, to celebrate the launch of their new single, Silenced by the Roar. Following on from last year’s debut album Tracks of Wire this is a current affairs assault on your political senses that is clearly inspired and fuelled by the present state of global society.
As the band burst into Wired to Hate to open the night it’s clear they have caught out some who have dwelled too long at the bar. The sudden rush into this already crowded back room creates a surge in numbers and enthusiasm that is perfectly matched by the dynamic and almost-physical nature of the music that reverberates around this room.
The stage is lit primarily by a single bank of red lights which, renders drummer Vas almost invisible to the eye, entirely shaded from the lights as she is by her cymbals. While this distracts me somewhat for the first three songs, the remainder of the set is electrifying and shows why this band are on an ascendancy that will continue for some good time to come.
Playing a set filled with the majority of Tracks of Wire, it includes some that are already amongst their best and that, I am assuming, were one of the main reasons that Frank Turner assigned Deux Furieuses to open one of the nights of his new residence at the Roundhouse in Camden. We are blessed with The Party of Shaitaan early on in the set, and the atmosphere lifts further, accordingly.
While the single is new and met with cheers that suggest it is already well-listened-to amongst the fans, we are told that the band’s manager has just been fired because all the connected merchandise hasn’t been delivered in time for tonight’s gig. I’m making the assumption that this isn’t going to happen but, mentioned more than once this evening, perhaps it grates more than the levity of singer Ros’s delivery might suggest.
For the remainder of the night, we get a confrontational, passion-filled set of messages that indicate that this is no ‘pop’ band, no manufactured commerciality and no holds barred. It is visceral, gut-wrenching and heady stuff, driven by a room-filling tidal wave of sound that belies the two people/two instrument ingredients of this outfit.
There will, I’m sure, be many more opportunities to catch these two in ever-larger venues but, for now, I’m reassured that for as long as they keep producing songs and messages with this strength and determination, music is in good hands.
You can find out more about Deux Furieuses on their website here and view more images from the gig below.