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H.E.A.T., Camden Underworld, 18 March 2009
In a genre that looks back to the eighties, the emergence of young Swedish
melodic rockers H.E.A.T. has caused a major stir- indeed the enthusiasm of some
of their supporters on the message boards led to a backlash from those feeling
they were being overhyped.
After appearing at Firefest and opening up for Edguy, the first night of their
debut headlining tour only saw about 150 present, although the Underworld
turnout had been no greater for established names like Alannah Myles and House
The band, all in their early 20’s but with hair and clothes straight from 1989,
sauntered on to the strains of the Heat is on and, never looked back from the
keyboard intro to There for You, building a fantastic rapport with an
It felt like one catchy anthem from their album after another - Late Night Lady,
Straight from Your Heart, Never Let Go and Feel the Heat to name just four.
Because of their nationality, Europe will always be the first point of reference
but my friend seeing them for the first time correctly spotted the influences of
Bon Jovi, Survivor, Danger Danger and Journey also to the fore.
Vocalist Kenny Lekremo has a powerful set of pipes and a great stage manner; if
I was being critical he was straining too hard at times, but on the ballad Cry
(which tips a wink to Cutting Crew’s I just Died in Your Arms tonight) he turned
in an astounding performance. After a new song (and Eurovision entry!) 1000
Miles, Keep on Dreaming ended the set before they encored with a cover of
Just as The Answer, Airbourne and Black Stone Cherry have found success by
tackling varying classic rock styles with youthful vigour, H.E.A.T can do the
same and prove that bouncy, feel-good melodic rock has a future as well as a
Review by Andy
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