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The Fly, New Oxford Street, London, 19 August 2008

Wired Desire, photo by Noel Buckley

Over the last two or three of years there has been an encouraging revival of young bands playing unashamed classic rock, and Wired Desire can be added to the growing list of rising talents on the evidence of an impressive London showcase.

Wired Desire, photo by Noel Buckley

The Glaswegian quintet, who won the praise of fellow Scots Nazareth when they supported them, are aged between 20 and 22 and their raw vigour was very impressive.

Their self-confessed influences AC/DC and ZZ Top were on heavy rotation before they went on stage, but their raw, passionate rock n roll with riffs and solos aplenty reminded me chiefly of Appetite for Destruction-era Guns n Roses, none more so than on No One Sleeps.

George Thorogood's The Hard Stuff turned into a supercharged bluesy boogie, and of their own songs Badlands really impressed, while encore Ride concluded a 45 minute set.

Wired Desire, photo by Noel Buckley

They are a tight unit all round but special praise should go to guitarist Jam, not just for some very Slash-esque guitar work for pulling a variety of classic shapes with his Gibson (less sure about the beret/surf shorts combo though!)

As their songwriting matures and they develop their own distinctive sound, bigger things could beckon. To adapt the commentary on the 16 year old Wayne Rooney, Wired Desire- remember the name! ****

Wired Desire, photo by Noel Buckley

Review by Andy Nathan

Photographs by Noel Buckley

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