LIVE: Glamour Of The Kill – The Underworld, Camden 28/02/2015
With support from The Hype Theory, E of E and Ashes.
Even with the early start time, and just a quarter filled venue, Ashes from Manchester kicked things off in good style with a solid set of high energy melodic Metalcore. It took a song to fully get a sweat on and really hit their stride but when they did the tight grooves in their riffs came to the fore and ensured the growing crowd gave them full attention. “Live Like We Mean It” and set closer “Broken” were standout tracks showing a maturity to their songwriting and sound despite only forming just over a year ago.
They follow a tried and tested formula, unclean vocals throughout the verses and the melodic vocal hooks saved for the choruses (big!) but they do it well and with enough musical twists to keep the sound fresh. Festival season starts soon and I’m sure Ashes would do rather well working the usual Rock/Metal/Punk circuit. Expect to see their name being printed further and further up the posters over the next couple of years.
Next up were EofE, a young band who from the off sounded polished and razor sharp. Opening the set with “Bridges” their commercial promise was apparent for all to see, a Rock band for sure but with radio friendly songs that will no doubt appeal to the wider audience. By the time new single “Stars in Hollywood” drew to a close the room was well filled and EofE were certainly making new fans. Having a singer with a great voice helps of course and in Tom Harris they have a real gem. It wasn’t just his excellent vocal range and tone either, he lead the show from the front with confidence, only possible because of the rock solid musicianship from all, and particularly from drummer Nicky Waters who powered the music in fine style from the back of the stage. None of this should come as no surprise considering the band have already played huge shows touring with The Vamps and McBusted.
Now, earning some serious credibility points at club level, and playing to audiences that will surely form the basis of a career-long loyal following, EofE looked like a band with a very bright future ahead. The rest of their short 6 song set consisted of four new tracks, the band clearly on a fast moving creative curve. Third on the bill? Surely not for too long.
The Hype Theory continued where EofE left off, the dynamic shifting slightly with the female vocal and the subsequent Paramore / We Are The In Crowd first impression. The Hype Theory are not a copycat band though, and the live setting showed a depth of performance that quickly made any further comparison irrelevant.
Frontwoman Katy Jackson stamped her personality all over the show with her big smile and even bigger voice and songs “Reverie” and “Blood” got the room bouncing. By the time “Heartsick” closed the show she had the audience in the palm of her hand, even managing to get the crowd chanting the ‘woah-oh-oh’ backing through the choruses. It would be nice to see how these songs play out over a much bigger crowd. Someone give Reading and Leeds festivals a nudge … there ARE female fronted bands out there good enough to rock the big stages.
And so it was time for the headliners and a fully loaded Underworld pit was more than ready thanks to the evening’s excellent supporting cast. When Glamour Of The Kill blasted into opening track “Out Of Control”, from their latest “After Hours” EP, the throng had no hesitation in becoming a jumping mass. There was just time to take a breath while frontman Davey Richmond put on his bass before a quick one-two of “If Only She Knew” and “Second Chance”. Another new track, “Earthquake”, stepped things up a notch further still. “Break”, “Freak Like Me” and a superb “Blood Drunk” continued the mayhem, helped by some stunning lead guitar work from Mike Kingswood. The guy took shredding to new levels in this track, once again showing why he’s one of Metal’s best modern players.
It was good to see the return of a GOTK classic “A Hope In Hell” but there was some disappointment at the lack of long time crowd favourites “So Who Said Romance Was Dead” and “Supremacy”. Sacrilege. It goes to show how strong the band’s catalogue has now become to be able to drop songs like that from the set. Time to start playing a little longer perhaps? The band closed with “Lights Down” before coming back for a great cover of “Love Gun” by Kiss and finishing proper with their usual closer “Feeling Alive”. Once again GOTK delivered, all guns blazing. Judging by the quality of songs in their After Hours EP, and how well they went down live, the band seem to be mining a rich seam of creativity. The time seems right for that all important third album.