9th September 2009
Canning Town is not a name which immediately stands out from the crowd as a great location for music venues, but this is where we find ourselves this evening. Wandering through a not very desirable industrial estate (complete with boy racers and typical east-end boozers), we emerged in front of the Bridgehouse2. The major merit of this venue are that there wont be any noise complaints given the fact it’s situated in the arse end of nowhere. Inside it’s just a standard micro-venue, staff were great and its size it promoted a great interaction between fans and musicians.
After the bassist of Heaven’s Basement departing the band only 2 days previous, you would have thought that they had already suffered their fair share of bad luck, wrong! A power cut before the show forced the late start of the evening and a late arrival for the first of the three warm up acts on this packed bill tonight.
Decedenze eventually took to the stage and begun throwing out power chords as if their lives depended on it. The Wrexham boys set was fizzed with vitality, scorching guitar play between their dual axe wielders, rocking rhythms and a knack for a good vocal hook. Their setup was perfect as their Les Pauls let fly some of the best guitar riffs of the evening. A solid and very professional set with plenty of merit, a definite step up from their current recorded material. Keep eyes on these guys.
The Infamous, quite frankly have very little going for them. I have not witnessed such an identity clash within the same band as these guys. Their lead guitarist desperately wants to rock, but the mufflings from his hugely underpowered setup leave him more likely to be whispering on the wind of the door shutting his ass out of here! Their bassist clearly wants to be the lead guitarist. At least the volume on his amp was above 2, however drowning out the lead guitarist isn’t going to do you and favours either. Finally rounding off the identity crisis is the hoodie wearing lead singer with idiotically oversized aviator shades donning a Mr. Rude Boi T-shirt. Style wise he has more in common with Vicky Pollard than Axl Rose. His attempts at rocking out looked like an 18-30 rep after his 30th beer on the dance floor in Ibiza. Can’t comment on the music, all I heard was bass rumblings and flashy mimed guitar solo’s!
Night By Night were a far more professional outfit, sounded good and had a few super little tunes. I haven’t seen a mullet this shocking since the first appearance of John Bon Jovi’s shaggy locks! But that didn’t seem to bother the lead singer as he soared his radio friendly pop-rocking vocals. Plenty of noteworthy guitar licks later they brought to a close a solid set of well performed 80’s indebted radio rock.
Night By Night
Heavens Basement took to the stage like wounded animals, left reeling from their mid-tour departure of their long term Bassist. Feeling a void onstage they did not let this get them down and bit back with a vengeance. Substitute Bassist (rhythm guitarist Johnny Rocker) had less than 1 days practise to learn enough tracks on his new instrument to ensure this show even went ahead at all!
Fears were cast swiftly aside as their opening track Can’t Let Go was a riotous romp of rock and roll genius. They proceeded to fly through the best of their early demo’s and tracks from their latest eponymous EP. Guitarist Sid was doing his mighty best to fill the gap left by rhythm guitars which he managed admirable letting fly riff after riff, solo after solo. Vocals were as spot on as ever, leading the crowd in sing-along’s to match the great stadium rockers.
Front man Richie Heavenz was very honest this evening, speaking about their bands misfortunes (as it conspires this was the last show they played on the UK leg of the tour). Was nice to hear a very down to earth personality who can connect with his crowd on a personal level. He says in his finest welsh accent:
“I’m sorry, to you all. But this will be the worst Heavens Basement Show you will EVER see….”
Johnny “Bass” Rocker
If tonight was the worst, then roll on the good times, because they managed a cracking show which was superb in the face of adversity…the hallmark of a truly great band! Expect many more nights of great live music from Heavens Basement.