With The Smoking Hearts and Zodiac N’ Black
Review by Sabrina Dersel
Photography by Michelle Murphy
Tonight,’The Garage’ in Islington welcomes two English bands and the acclaimed Belgium guys from Steak Number Eight for their first UK tour!Starting right on time, the London band Zodiac N Black kicks off this evening’s intimate gig; with only maybe thirty people are here it is a nice and relaxed atmosphere.
From their first track “Bastinado” I am quite impressed by their sound.
Doubtlessly, their influences are a fusion of Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stone Age, Sound Garden, and Black Sabbath.
Merging the spirit of the 70’s rock metal sound with a modern take, vocalist Jad, guitarist Jim, bassist Hank and drummer Luca are a force to be reckoned with.
I really liked their second song “Seems Like Better Times”, some quite strong catchy riffs here and Jad ‘s voice really reminds you of Josh Homme.
“This next song is our single we got told” says Jad introducing “Bad Pills”.
For their last track “Lights On Blues”, Guitarist Jim begins a quite lively riff,v ery blues jazz, which keeps going on for nearly the whole song.
This song is by far my favourite from them tonight. Jad picks up a guitar too and together play very solidly.
The guys end their set by saying “Thanks for coming up everyone, this is us, our cd is to sale for five pounds after the gig, cheers”. Yes I am definitely getting one!!
If it sounds like your taste then you can get check them out on soundcloud.com/zodiac-n-black
Seems Like Better Times
Making An Enemy
Lights On Blues
After quite an impressive opening band, I am very curious as to what is coming next…but I will get quite disappointed.
The English band The Smoking Hearts are composed of Ben on Vocals, Nobba and Barker on Guitar, Calvin on Bass and Matty on the Drums. Yes they are loud and energetic but maybe messy too.
Trying to get the small crowd involved (they are not reacting to what is happening in front of them), frontman Ben Mills is asking us to repeat and sing with him the chorus line “This is time to destroy”, fist in the air, but the audience is not buying it which makes Ben telling the band will leave the stage if we don t co operate!
Luckily or not, two guys apply and the band keeps playing on.
For the last track, following his tradition, Ben goes towards the back of the venue still singing and watches his guys on stage, himself sitting on the bar. As the band members are finishing their music, he is already waiting at his own merch table! What more can I say?!!!
With twice as much people in the venue,now it is the turn of headliners Steak Number Eight.
Let me repeat it for you: Steak Number Eight! Do not forget the name of this band because you will hear more and more of them!
Brent Vanneste on guitars/vocals is leading the Belgium quartet with Joris Casier on drums, Jesse Surmont on bass and Cis Deman on guitars. Playing in front of thousands and thousands of people back home, they are headlining their first UK mini tour.
Having their own light engineer with them, this is a promise to get their famous lightshow as close as you can get back in Belgium.
The intro kicks in, with alot of smoke appearing ,as well as lots of flash lights. Heavy slow riffs are played, and “Black Fall” resonates in the venue; taken from their debut album “All Is Chaos”. It’s a beautiful track and Brent’s voice goes from slow low to screaming grunge type.
As soon as I hear and recognise “Dickhead”, I am rushing at the front and unleash my headbanging! Which Follows into“Track Into The Sky”; a nine minute song which manages to get into your head and makes you forget where you are. Absolutely amazing band!
To close the show tonight “Pyromaniac” is played and you can watch the live video they filmed back in Brussels available on YouTube here:
We are treated to an encore song, with Brent taking his mic down into the pit and singing face to face to his fans, all in a lot of smoke.
Wow, what a gig!!