The Soap Girls
The Party From Hell Tour
A night of old school Punk and Revolt Rock was upon us as The Soap Girls ‘Party From Hell Tour’ descended on Belfast. This was the penultimate night of their UK and European tour, which takes in a mammoth amount of dates for this highly energetic duo. We recently reviewed their Society’s Rejects album and it’s definitely worth checking out if you are unfamiliar with these beautiful ladies.
Two of Belfast’s finest Punk outfits were supporting the girls, and first up was ARSE, headed by front man Petesy Burns, who gave their all to wake up and warm up this highly curious Belfast crowd. From the off there was a dedicated group of hardcore Punk fans up front and centre living every single drumbeat and thrash of the guitar. ARSE done well to raise the energy levels as The Soap Girls, feet planted stood on watching in support.
Next up saw Madhouse take to the stage with their Psychobilly, Punk, Rockabilly influences, and their energetic set drew the crowd further in. Right away you knew you weren’t in Kansas anymore, this was something completely different. Front man Billy Riot, as Louis Walsh would say, “looked like a young Graham Bonnet” as he took to the stage with his intensely focused stare. The band ran their way through their collection of songs and gave it their all to make their mark on this night.
But tonight was about one thing; two French-Born, South African ladies’ first ever gig in Belfast and what was about to unfold. Now, if you are ever lucky enough to be in the presence of The Soap Girls you will immediately be struck by their beauty. These two ladies decked out ready to rock standing in the middle of the Belfast crowd are hard to miss. But when they take to the stage, all bets are off as they let their music do the talking. The girls, adorned with Halloween masks of old ladies, kick off their set with and immediately the crowd are up for it. The girls take the time to chat in between songs, engaging and interacting with the crowd. Camille with her bass slung around her neck cracking jokes with her sister Noemie have the crowd eating out of the palms of their hands.
These two are about more than the pretty faces and makeup. A night filled with songs of angst and frustration at modern day society, relationships and the disappointment within fill the air as the Belfast massive dance and rock their way through an energetic and fun filled set. Both girls sharing vocal responsibility bounce off each other like only siblings can, pulling devoted fans up off the floor to share in a drink from ‘Wet Willy’ (I myself had a sample after – wouldn’t recommend it). And as I look around, the place is filled with people dancing away shouting out song lyrics as only an Irish crowd can. This was a fun night out, people of all ages just giving into the girls’ enslaving and highly addictive energy. You can tell both Mille (Camille) and Mie (Noemie) are enjoying it too, broad smiles and giggles shared with an adoring crowd ensuring it’s a memorable night for all.
It’s hard not to love these two, even more so when I had the chance to chat with them after. Two of the sweetest girls you can imagine and far removed from their over the top social media imagery you will see. Talking with Mille about their world tour of Ireland she gushes, “Ireland has been amazing, the people have been so open and welcoming. We were told to expect it but nothing prepares you for just how nice and responsive the crowds have been.” She adds, “We met a woman of 102 years of age and she was totally down with us, she loved our style and just accepted us for who we are. It was really refreshing.”
These girls have done it their way. From kids of 8 or 9 years of age selling soap on the streets to raise money for local hospitals in South Africa, to record deals that sucked, they have gone full circle and embraced their crazy ways. Full on in your face acknowledgment that they are different, you just can’t fit these two into one box. They are a culmination of years of hard graft, living and breathing their art each and every day as a family. If you get the opportunity to catch these two crazy cats live, do it, you won’t be disappointed. The girls wrap up the Irish leg of their tour in Omagh before heading back to the UK for a date or two and then on to Europe. They return to the UK in October and November for their final dates of the current tour, so don’t miss out.
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