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Relentless Garage, Highbury 25 September 2010
Twenty-something Finns Reckless Love are making a big name for
themselves with their fun, good-time revival of the best of eighties
It was a
musical genre many thought would never come back (is that Kurt Cobain I
hear spinning in his grave below?) but they are riding the crest of a
revival that, on the evidence of a near sold out crowd at the Garage, is
attracting fans across the spectrum: from the new generation to those of
us who are still, to borrow a lyric, still preoccupied with 19-1985.
singer Olli Herman (ex Crash Diet) comes on stage looking like a less
wasted Michael Monroe, and doing Dave Lee Roth style high kicks, and the
DLR era Van Halen influences were clear on songs like opener 'Feel My
Heat' and 'So Yeah'. Their musical style is basic, though competent, and
at times they do sound like a pastiche of other bands. Notably, 'Love
Machine' was the bastard marriage of I Love Rock'n Roll and Pour Some
Sugar on Me.
most Scandinavian rockers, the Finns can sure write a commercial tune,
and the likes of 'Wild Touch', the Bon Jovi-esque 'Romance' and the
insanely catchy 'Paradise' had more hooks than a North Sea whaling
came with a cover of 'Hysteria', which was excellent and only really
failed to match the original in the vocal harmony department, before
they finished with two classic pieces of pop metal in 'Badass' (sic) and
'Beautiful Bomb', the crowd at the front going crazy, and an encore of
'One More Time', whose glam stomp almost harks back to the original
early 70's glamsters. The set was only 55 minutes long, but certainly
whetted my appetite for their Firefest performance next month.
I could have
listed Poison, Kiss , Danger Danger and White Lion among other bands
that their performance called to mind. Reckless Love are not in
their league yet, but the torch, or should I say the can of hairspray,
could be passing to a new generation.
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