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NEONFLY/The Morning After/Serpico
Academy 2, 9 March 2012
A three band bill at the Academy 2 and good to see a decent sized crowd,
even for the early start for Serpico. They reminded me of Blink
182 but with some metal bite. Catchy punk metal tunes and a decent stab
at Therapy?'s 'Screamager'. Worth seeing live if you
get a chance and a very energetic band on stage.
Next up we have The Morning After who have just had a rave review
for their 'Legacy' album in 'Classic Rock presents AOR' magazine.
like a mix between a 80's hair metal band and a more earthy UK metal act
circa the early 80's. Like Serpico they exude energy onstage and have a
nice line in harmonies, almost Journey like until some big, juicy metal
riffs come crashing in.
I was very
impressed by their set, although perhaps a slower number would have
broken the set up a bit more. They also did a cover of 'Bohemian
Rhapsody', albeit from the heavy part after the operatic section - even
Queen never did that part live! Impressed by them and a band to look out
for over the coming months and years.
Neonfly I was seeing for the third time in just under a year
after first becoming a fan after watching them support the mighty Power
come on leaps and bounds, and like the previous two bands put on an
energetic show, although the confines of the stage stopped some of the
seen their following grow as well, attracting a young metal crowd plus a
few old farts like me. Despite some early sound issues (the guitars were
drowned out by the bass and vocals at the start) they soon hit their
catchy metal tunes like 'Morning Star', 'The Messanger' and the simply
awesome 'Ship With No Sails' you can't go wrong. Like the previous two
bands we had a cover, this time Journey's 'Seperate Ways' where vocalist
Willy Norton did a good impression of Steve Perry. Then the band can do
some prog in the shape of 'The Revenant'. Closing with the fast and
furious 'I Think I Saw A UFO' the band started their UK tour with an
Three good bands who prove that rock and metal have some talented new
bands coming through and hopefully they can keep on building their
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