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LOVE/HATE, ZODIAC MINWARP, RATTLESNAKE REMEDY
Camden Underworld 25 April 2006
Rattlesnake Remedy opened up a three band bill of good time, no frills rock 'n' roll and they went down very well with the crowd. They play a sound not unlike the Stones with a hint of Guns 'n' Roses and they played their rather good new single 'Drag You Down'. They seemed pretty tight music wise especially as this was the first date of the UK tour. Definitely a band to go see live and I recommend getting their single which is out next week.
Now Zodiac Mindwarp has been gigging for over twenty years now and had a brief spell of UK chart success most notably with 'Back Seat Education' which got an airing tonight. The music is riff driven rock and you can see where Monster Magnet got some of their ides from! Not a bad set but sadly ruined by a bass solo at the end of their set - please no! Good for a live gig but I am not overly tempted to investigate further.
Now every home should have a copy of Love/Hate's classic debut 'Black Out In The Red Room', a real treat packed full of short hard rocking tunes with a punk attitude. The band today features only original vocalist Jizzy Pearl (who also has appeared in the last few years with Ratt and Addler's Appetite) joined by bassist Robbie Crane (Ratt) and guitarist Alex Grossi (Bang Tango/Beautiful Creatures/Quiet Riot) plus a drummer whose name I didn't catch!
Jizzy Pearl's voice still sounds as good as it did on the debut and I must admit I don't know why I waited so long to see this band as they are superb! Despite getting in late with no soundcheck due to Heathrow customs and teething sound problems they ploughed on through a very heavy set.
Highlights had to be 'Rocket Queen', the sheer sleaze 'n' grind of 'Spinning Wheel', and 'She's An Angel'. Of the newer solo/latter day Love/Hate tunes 'Lies' and 'Tranquilizer' stood out well. The band played well together with Alex Grossi in particular laying down some killer riffs. A superb encore in 'Dope' and 'Black Out' - two classic tunes. Jizzy Pearl has lost none of his vocal range nor onstage energy and I would highly recommend seeing his band.
Review by Jason Ritchie
Love & Hate website
Zodiac Mindwarp website
Rattlesnake Remedy website