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THE HEAT,SUFFRAJETS,TOWERS OF LONDON
The Underground, London 22 February 2005
Last night saw what was supposed to be a four bill gig to mark the
end of much-hyped rockers Towers of London recent tour. Instead there
were only 3 bands on and more the better for the audience. Quite
unusually for this reviewer, I actually got to see two bands I have
never seen before that were actually rather good.
First up where The Heat, a three-piece who play with lots of passion
and a wee bit of angst. I am guessing this lot are what Charlie (ex-
Busted) wanted to do with his new, critically panned, band. Even if
the songs weren't any good, they show energy this young mob show is
amazing. The Heat's drummer is a complete and utter freaking nutter
who, John Bonham style, attacks his drums with absolute ferocity. No
wonder he is so damn scrawny. This lot are one to watch and probably
won't be an opening band for long.
Next up were Suffrajets, with ex-Babyshambles (aka the Pete Doherty
late of the Libertines solo band) Gemma on drums. As you can see from
the live picture, these girls are not only pretty damn good looking
but have oddles of stage prescence. Also important is the fact they
actually play their instruments rather well.
Their music is a mixture of punky angst numbers and more straight-ahead rock music. Gemma
sister in rock, Alex, is the brunette on guitar, who has got a set of
pipes on her that can really wail. Gemma, like the drummer from the
Heat, is an enthusiastic sorts that really goes after the drums with
Tommy Lee like ferocity.
They are getting noticed for good reason and are no doubt heading for bigger things, including recording their new
album in the next few months. Hey you don't have to take my word for
it, Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden and Icelandic Air) seems to like
them enough to have them on his radio show.
Last on was the highly (over-) rated Towers of London or at least on
last night's showing. This lot seem to have realised that Hurricane
Party got picked up by John Kalodner at Sanctuary and decided to have
a go themselves.
Much less tuneful that HP, they set did little to impress. They have the look of sleeze rockers but their tunes do not
really merit much at the moment. I was so underwhelmed I didn't even
manage to take a decent picture of them. The got the 'tude and the
looks now it might be a good idea to have some decent songs.
Still, it was a good night of non-major label rock & roll. The kinda
of gig that puts a smile on your face. As Dave and I left the
Underground, we both knew that one of this lot are going make it big
someday. I know who I am betting on...
Review: Marty Dodge