11/05/18 - Ghostface Killah & Raekwon @ Troxy + Flesh @ Shacklewell Arms / by Paul Boyling

  Ghostface Killah & Raekwon

Ghostface Killah & Raekwon

I didn't expect the opportunity to photograph two member of the Wu Tang Clan live onstage, but I got last minute pit access. Both Ghostface Killah and Raekwon were supposed to be onstage at 21:30, but they arrived fashionably late about 20-25 mins later; but as soon as they did, the roaring chants of "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta Fuck Wit" immediately filled the Troxy, as the crowd kicked up into a frenzy. They both rapped classics such as C.R.E.A.M and Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta Fuck Wit, on top of co-rapping each other's own solo material, like Daytona 500 and We Made It (Ghostface Killah), as well as Incarcerated Scarfaces and This Is What It Comes Too (Raekwon). In addition to covering Shimmy Shimmy Ya - with Killah Priest made a guest appearence onstage for Don’t U Know - in tribute to Ol' Dirty Bastard.

The rest of the Wu Tang Clan will be reuniting and performing together for a one-off UK show at Lovebox Festival in July - commemorating 25 years since the release of their classic debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). I can't wait.

  Packed house at the Troxy

Packed house at the Troxy

  FLESH

FLESH

The other show I was trying to cover the same night was The Cavemen and their album launch show at the Shacklewell Arms in Dalston. The idea was to see the opening band, FLESH - made up of Jack and Paul from The Cavemen, and Sebastian from Suicide Generation; very much their own supergroup - then shoot at the Troxy, then pop back to see The Cavemen. However, as the show at the Troxy ran late, I didn't get a chance to make it back in time to watch them. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed watching FLESH (having seen them previously at The Finsbury); their mixture of looped synth rhythms, jagged guitar riffs and Sebastian's wailing offered an alternate, punk sound about a nilhistic future. The silver jumpsuits complete the aesthetic.

Moreover, Nuke Earth (Slovenly Records) is The Cavemen's latest album, and you should give it a listen. It's an unapologetic 25-minute rush that feels like you were struck on the head with a baseball bat whilst on speed and cocaine. Favourite songs (on repeat) include Batshit Crazy and Gimme Beer Or Gimme Death. If you're a fan of classic punk from the mid-1970s to early 1980s, this album comes highly recommended.