Gig Review: Altered Images at Rescue Rooms

Words: Bassey
Photos: Nigel King, Michael Prince
Tuesday 13 September 2022
reading time: min, words

On Sunday night, Rescue Rooms was packed with a crowd eager to see how Clare Grogan and Altered Images would sound after the original band split up in the mid-1980s...


First up as a local support act we had Derby-based singer-songwriter Emzae, a solo performer on vocals, synth, guitar and beats. The crowd really appreciated the delivery of her own material in thirty minute of high energy pop and soulful lyrics, and her quick changes from synth to guitar throughout the set. A strong performance that will help to see her grow as an artist.

Altered Images first hit the indie scene in the early 1980s as a Scottish new wave/post punk band and quickly moved into more mainstream pop music within a couple of years, so everyone was eager to hear how they had matured since this time.


Fronted by the original singer and actress Clare Grogan, along with a new album called Mascara Streakz, the band were keen to play old numbers like Insects and Dead Pop Stars along with new songs including Glitterball and Home.

With an eclectic sound ranging from indie experimental music from the early ‘80s to pure pop songs with their more recent releases, this performance may have lacked other original members of Altered Images but the new musicians we able to competently deliver the classics that the fans wanted to hear.


The temperature at Rescue Rooms may have been high, but Clare's fans dug deep and somehow managed to keep singing and dancing throughout.

This was a trip down a long memory lane, but the fans remembered every word of every line of every song, and just as the show was nearly over, they played their biggest hit Happy Birthday for an encore.

A hot night and a hotter show.

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