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RECKLESS LOVE, Barfly, Camden Town, London
18 October 2012
Finnish glam rock revivalists Reckless Love have been regular visitors
to these shores over the last two years, and on their longest tour to
date have revived the forgotten tradition of the residency.
Thursday for a whole month, they have been playing the 200 capacity
Barfly, where they made their UK debut in 2010 before progressing to
bigger venues. This has allowed them to vary the set from gig to gig
including playing a few covers by bands that have inspired them.
seems to be the case with Barfly shows full value for money was given
with two well chosen support acts. High Wycombe youngsters The Wild
Lies made quite an impact on me with an enthusiastic set of
Americanised melodic hard rock reminding me in places of the likes of
White Lion and Firehouse.
Matt James confident and with a good vocal range, and some strong songs
like 'Stone Cold Love', 'Take Me Higher' and 'Relive the Ride', they can
be added to the likes of 'Summers' and 'Night By Night' as young melodic
rock bands to keep an eye out for.
Rain brought more experience and stage craft to the party, not to
mention a heavier glam sound that called to mind early Motley Crue and
WASP with a touch of Backyard Babies punkiness.
there is more to French popular music than Johnny Hallyday, this was
accompanied by a striking image with extravagant ‘barnets' and lead
singer Swan covered in tattoos including ‘foxtrot oscar' (expletive
deleted) across his stomach.
impressive opening in Need My Doctor, the songs were not as strong,
epitomised when a souped up cover of 'Twist and Shout' was more
memorable than what had gone before.
room was packed to the gills when Reckless Love opened in
surprising fashion with Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song', not a song you
would automatically associate as an influence, before moving onto
traditional favourites like 'Badass' and 'Born to Break Your Heart'.
Herman, whose obvious self regard is easy to forgive, was in his
element, constantly on top of the monitors to whip up the crowd, who
were going crazy to 'Beautiful Bomb'.
worried they may have thrown one of their classics in too early but need
not have worried as the momentum was sustained with the DLR era Van
Halen-esque 'Feel My Heat', and the catchy 'Dance' and 'Dirty Dreams',
the latter coming over as a mash up of Cutting Crew's 'I Just Died in
Your Arms' and Tigertailz's 'Love Bomb Baby'.
played a new song, 'Push', although for me it had a tad too much of the
dance feel which crept into some of the songs from their last album
which, the title track was rapturously received with the crowd providing
mass backing vocals, while an insanely catchy trio of 'Back to
Paradise', 'Radio' and 'Wild Touch' had the crowd constantly jumping up
and down and punching the air to great songs reduced to their bare
that the difficulty in making their way through the crowd to a cramped
dressing room made the encore charade pointless, so it was straight into
a cover of Thin Lizzy's Jailbreak which was surprisingly respectable,
especially with only one guitar to play with from the ever excellent
Pepe, then the glam rock meets Ibiza Hot had the place shaking to its
foundations and 'One More Time' was almost as riotous.
question the fun-loving Finns' originality, but their great songs make
for a party atmosphere, which in a sweaty venue like this was even more
enjoyable than ever.
photos by Andy Nathan
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