There aren’t many theatrical bands these days. Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath and Gwar to name a few were pretty entertaining. It’s kind of gone the way of the dodo. Sure their theatrics are a bit silly but all seem to be in good fun and if you take it to be anything more than that you're missing the point.
I’ve never seen Lovecraft perform but there is something going on with the theatric on their release Ghost of a Howling Alien. Their description on their Bandcamp page had me smirking. It gives some lore to their music. More importantly though is the vocalist Wendy Seary who goes from sounding like she is a cartoonish witch to a deep, throaty lounge singer. There are singers who have vocal range but Seary basically goes into different characters. She does a great job at exaggerating every last inflection she can find in her words. She is supported by Ed Wreckage (guitar), Graham Hutchinson (drums) and John Downey (bass) and they don’t disappoint.
Musically, this is a pretty straightforward rock band. Listen to “Holy Dread” and there really is no other way to describe it. Ok yes there is ’70s crunchy classic rock feel to it. Sometimes their rock stylings are softer such as on “Morphia Honeymoon.” Seary rolls an “r” on the word raven. Look out for it.
“The Law” felt like it could have been straight out of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Seary starts to go nuts rolling letters I didn’t even know were rollable. All the songs on this album feels closely aligned and I can say that if you enjoy one song you will appreciate everything on the album.
Overall, this is a solid theatrical rock album that a rarity these days. I think they should take it to the next level. Maybe do a three-act play with the alien, the lovecraft and a surprise guest appearance by Susan Sarandon. This could work.
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