11th December 2014
Review by Rowena Lamb, Photography by Inty Malcom
Now I’ve been to quite a number of gigs at The Garage over the years, several of them sold out the same as this one. However, this was one of the biggest crowds I’d seen so early on in the evening.
Just walking in it looked and felt as it usually is right before the headliner comes on stage. It had the same concentrated atmosphere that builds just before the last band. The kind that has you moving forward, vying for the best view. This would be my first time seeing RECKLESS LOVE live so this already filled me with confidence that this was going to be a great show.
The first band on stage was literally THE FIRST, who were welcomed warmly by the crowd. Their second song ‘Monster’ had a good bass style groove, with the solid hitting of the drums being the most prominent throughout.
Their later song, ’Start Again’ reminded me a bit of Green Day with the simplicity of the rhythm and melody; following the vocals and producing a more ‘innocent’ style. ‘Shark Attack’ came towards the end of the set and (initially) was more punchier then it’s predecessors in both beat and vocals, as well as being a tad cheeky. Not a bad way to close their set.
Throughout there were some good even rhythms from the guitars which worked well being backed up by hard hitting drums and dirty bass, which for me were the most expressive throughout the set.
Before tonight I had heard a lot about RECKLESS LOVE from a variety of people who are avid fans, so I was expecting a good live show and an active fan base. Active it definitely was as this was something they had obviously been waiting for for some time. By the time the band started to walk onto the stage the cheers were reaching their peak.
This was echoed in the setlist, as there was no wasting time tonight as the band launched straight into ‘Night On Fire’ followed by ‘So Happy I could Die’. Both a very accurate description of the evening and a great way to ramp up the energy levels of the crowd even further and to keep them there.
It’s hard to tell which songs were overall favourites as there was singing and shouting throughout and each seemed to bring an equal welcome, sort of a ‘yes, this is the one I wanted to hear live’ response. Having said that I think it’s a safe bet to say that ‘Animal Attraction’ was certainly one of those favourites.
With this mix of their albums there was never really a lowering of energy levels, which having now seen them live I would say is very representative of them as a band. Wherever you’re watching on stage there’s an obvious connection between the band themselves as well as the audience. It was really just one big party, no matter whether you were standing on stage or in the crowd.
There wasn’t really much point in calling the last part of the set an en core as they didn’t leave for long and there was no break at all for the crowd. Even though it clearly marked the oncoming end of the gig, it didn’t feel like it. More like there was still so much more yet to come, and with four more songs to go this was definitely true.
It didn’t seem that we were on our own in this feeling either as I strongly suspect that if the venue didn’t have a time limit for closing the band would have stayed and played a lot longer.
Who would have blamed them if they did? The crowd would certainly have willing stayed for much longer as it felt like no time at all since the set had begun. Though most of the set had already passed, because the songs and performance are so lively, happy and energetic you’re kept on constant peak, whereby though you know it has to end, you can’t actually imagine it happening.
Starting and ending the ‘en core’ with two of my own favourite songs gave me an additional boost in spirit and energy. When I first heard these songs, and even now, they can’t fail to inject fun into your day and hearing them live was much better. (Perhaps should apologise to anyone who may have heard my loud, off toned ‘singing’.)
As I mentioned previously I’d heard a lot about their live shows before this night and I have to say seeing them live I completely understand why. They are extremely entertaining, energetic, well practiced and solid as a group. Though more importantly they genuinely seem to be loving every minute; happy to be in that exact moment right alongside the crowd. They’re always smiling, talking easily with the audience and really know how to put on a show.
Earlier in the evening they had walked onto the stage to the strains of ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ which I can see now was a very fitting choice, not only from the very warm welcome from the audience but also for the whole set. This was the first time I’d seen them and they certainly made a damn good first impression, as they sure as hell showed London how it was done.
Here’s to 2015 and hopefully another tour!
1 Night on Fire
2 So Happy I Could Die
3 On the Radio
6 Beautiful Bomb
7 Born to Break Your Heart
9 Edge of Our Dreams
10 Animal Attraction
11 I Love Heavy Metal
12 Wild Touch
13 Back to Paradise
16 One More Time