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Purple Turtle, Camden, London
5 February 2011
One of Get
Ready to ROCK!'s Featured Artists for 2011, Toxic Federation, got an
opportunity to impress a London crowd in unpromising circumstances,
going on at 7:30 at the bottom of a four band bill at the Purple Turtle.
their youth, some of them still being in their teens, the Nottingham
quintet have already released two albums, and their stage show showed an
assured maturity beyond their years.
In a six
song, 30 minute set they mixed numbers like 'Dark', 'Broken' and
'Daybreak' from their most recent album 'As One' with having the
confidence to try two new songs including set closer 'Life of Mine'.
the look of a hair metal band, and yet their sound is difficult to
pigeonhole, and not in the slightest glam.
musicianship is proper old school rock, with some at times Maiden-esque
twin guitars from Jake Graham and George Coleman but there is also a
slight alternative feel to the song structures. The one area where they
perhaps fall down at the moment, despite their musical quality, is a
lack of memorable hooks or tunes.
There was no
doubting the star of the show though - Mitchel Emms. The singer with the
Cooper-esque eye make - up had a strong voice, but more notably a
magnetic and rather demonic stage presence.
seized the audience by the throat, metaphorically speaking, by regularly
coming off the stage and getting in people's faces and his manic energy
took him to the upper level balcony, on top of the bar, nearly
decapitating GRTR!'s photographer as he landed, and even out of the
venue and onto the street!