Saint Agnes go for the jugular on Vampire

Vampire is horror-flick mini-album fantasia from London’s dark dockland hopes Saint Agnes

Saint Agnes: Vampire
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On their 2019 debut album Welcome To Silvertown, Saint Agnes populated their run-down corner of East London wasteland with secret witches, devils and death-or-glory gangs, painted in shades of vivid noirrock. 

For this lockdown mini-album follow-up – six tracks plus horror-mood interludes – the human masks come off. ‘You call me evil, but baby I’m so much worse,’ singer Kitty A Austen snarls on This World Ain’t Big Enough, and so it transpires. 

Repent finds her indulging in vengeful torture porn, Vampire details her propensity for emotional blood-sucking, and she yowls the title of I’m With You Everywhere You Go as half promise, half undead threat. 

Between bursts of bubblegum melody, her façade of innocence melts away like a demon’s babydoll disguise, just as her band also expose their true face: visceral, corroded, dynamically hypnotic industrial slaughter-rock. 

Witness them turning Grinderman’s No Pussy Blues into an electro-punk barrage akin to intrusive laser surgery going very wrong indeed, or pummelling through Wish, the gruesome slash-‘em-up finale that no one survives. 

Talk about going for the jugular.

Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont is a music journalist with almost three decades' experience writing for publications including Classic Rock, NME, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Times, Uncut and Melody Maker. He has written major biographies on Muse, Jay-Z, The Killers, Kanye West and Bon Iver and his debut novel [6666666666] is available on Kindle.