Shows at The Firehouse tend to be a hit and miss with crowds, however the good news is whether there is a small crowd of 10 or The Firehouse is packed this doesn’t stop the bands giving punters the best show they can give to them. Saturday evening showcased a solid night of Hard Rock headlined by London Hard Rock quartet NEW DEVICE and the main support was Manchester Hard Rockers ONE LAST RUN. Local support came in the form of SAINTS OF SIN and MOTHER OF PEARL.
There was excitement and anticipation within the venue as bands loaded in their gear, punters bought their drinks at the bar including the signature Dirty Vimto and meeting with friends. They also secured a spot ready to watch the night of entertainment that was to be bestowed upon Southampton’s hotspot for the rock and metal community.
Southampton born MOTHER OF PEARL are fairly new to the scene and they are making a solid mark within the Southampton community. They provided a more Alternative Rock vibe to the show giving it a solid package regarding the line up. Their sound provided a strong reminder of Alternative Rock pioneers such as ALICE IN CHAINS, NIRVANA and PEARL JAM, there is also a hint of the modern greats such as SEETHER. Their live show provided a chilled out yet lively ambience to The Firehouse, a great way to kick off the evening.
Boundless energy, top quality music, a lot of hair and a bright orange Jack Daniels t-shirt. All of these were seen and heard within the set from local support SAINTS OF SIN. Their Hair Metal antics and sounds provided nostalgia from the 80s; the strong melodies, the impeccable vocal work and their charisma went down a treat with the punters. Their infectious energy and passion spread out through the crowd. They look good, they sound good and they are not ones to miss.
There was a lot of dominance and enthusiasm within ONE LAST RUN’s set. The first thing that sends shivers down the spine is the beautiful, strong vocal work that gives a sirenesque effect that packs a punch. Their set consisted of some brilliant melodies made up of blistering riffs, pounding bass and thunderous drums. Their cover of ALTER BRIDGE’s “Come To Life” was a particular highlight of their set. They proved to be the perfect main support for the tour.
London Hard Rockers NEW DEVICE have been on the scene for a while now; with a support slot with Hard Rock giants BON JOVI, three releases and a dominant live presence they are not ones to miss. NEW DEVICE performed a flawless set with lots of liveliness and a crisp clear sound which bought a stadium like atmosphere to a small venue. Their setlist consisted of a varied collection of material from across their discography including the dominant anthems “Takin’ Over”, “Here We Stand”, “Save Your Life” and brand new fist pumping single “Hollywood Radio” where ONE LAST RUN vocalist Becky Roberts joined the ranks. There were also some back catalogue favourites including “On Your Knees”, “Until The End” and “Make My Day”.
Advice? If this line up ever play at a local venue near you, go and watch the Hard Rock chaos before these bands start playing at bigger venues. There is no doubt they will.