Sunday 25 August 2013

Heroes Night (Say It Like It Is, Haunt The Woods, Crowley's Tears, LGM One) Review at Level 2, Plymouth 24th August 2013

Say It Like It Is (7.5)

The night started proper with Say it Like It Is who are a all female four piece from Plymouth who had dressed up in the Heroes theme of the night. They played mainly covers including "Song 2" - Blur, "Hate Say I Told You So" - The Hives, "Buck Rogers" - Feeder and "Steady As She Goes" - The Raconteurs. Their set was playful, skilfully played and the band traded good banter with the crowd.

They played an original composition "Decisions" a bluesy number which was performed with seductive swagger. The set was rounded off by a humorous amped up cover of "Milkshake" by Kelis. Overall a great start to the night.

Haunt The Woods(6.5)

Haunt The Woods is fronted by Jonathan Stafford a very talented vocalist and rhythm guitar player who was accompanied by flutist and electric guitarist. His vocals were very reminiscent of Damien Rice mixed with Neil Young, he sang song of love lost and found. The highlight of his set was an original song called "Safe and Sound". The band could do with a bit more low end in the form of a bassist. If you are looking for a laid back evening go see them.

Crowley's Tears (8)

We last saw Crowley's Tears on the 16th May 2013 at the White Rabbit. The band is formed of powerhouse Averil Garnett on Drums, Oli Bird on Bass, Adrian Carter on Guitar and Ramon Welsh on Vocals and Rhythm Guitar. The band are a tightly knit unit which played very professionally. Their sound is part grunge, part metal and part indie. Adrian played with mesmerising dexterity and was in the zone for the whole performance, he had an effects pedal for every occasions which he seamless changed between. Adding the low end thump Oli played amazing bass lines which were perfectly in time with Averil.

Highlights of their set was the compelling "Number 5" and the funky "Wonder" which had a funky riff the Red Hot Chili Peppers would be proud of. Ramon was on top form today showing amazing vocal range which was noticeable on the intense "Save Me" with half screamed, half sung vocals ending a great set. Would recommend to anyone .

LGM One (8)

This was LGM One's night, literally the night was organised by their bassist Geoff Heap who did a great job of finding talented bands to join them this evening. Slightly delayed when they hit the stage playing their brand of synth punk with such vigour that everyone was captivated. Dave Wells is their lead singer who splits himself between vocals, guitar and keyboard, he puts his all in to which ever instrument he is playing.

Their sound is driven by drummer Darrel Worral and the already mentioned Geoff on Bass. Highlights of their set were the cryptically titled "Destroying Onions" with its pounding drum beat,  the catchy "System" with its very cool laid back groove, immense guitar work and the epic "Inferno". Although he was in the shadows tonight guitarist Jon Barrabell had lightening quick hands and riffs which gelled the band together. They played a brand new song called "Vampires" which was possibly inspired by Ashes To Angels/ Fearless Vampire Killers.

Completely out the left field they played a cracking cover of "Shipping Up To Boston" with gang vocals, and cool keyboard riff. The night was rounded off with their anthem "Modern Superhero". This is definitively a band worth seeing if they come to a venue near you. 

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