Obviously not for the easily offended
Saul Adamczewski keeps busy. Best known as the wiry guitarist in Fat White Family, he’s also currently part of Warmduscher, a Paranoid London side project who sound like a Captain Beefheart LP played at 45RPM. He’s also the leader of Insecure Men, an amorphous collective who first introduced themselves (itself?) early in 2017 when Adamczewski put out a demo mixtape of strangely moving covers played on a Casio keyboard titled ‘Karaoke For One’. Since these early doodles, however, Insecure Men have blossomed into a wildly different prospect – one with a huge cast.
That means that tonight, at their biggest headline show to date, there’s nine of them on stage. Adamczewski plays the guitar, Ben Romans-Hopcraft of Childhood is on bass, and a selection of slender, besuited men distribute themselves between the slide guitar, xylophone, saxophone, two Korgs and a piano. While this substantial ensemble produces a much more luscious, textured sound than anything we’ve heard from this motley crew before, it ultimately still feels like an Adamczewski solo project. The juxtaposition between the gorgeous Phil Spector-ish pop music the Insecure Men churn out and the genuinely unnerving lyrics of Adamczewski make for an experience that’s as dysphoric as it is entrancing.