The Treatment @ The Underworld Camden

With Vega, Four Wheel Drive & Curran
15th December 2012
Review by Anna Dumpe

On the 15th of December, 2012 a bunch of rock’n’roll fans gathered at the Camden Underworld for a special Christmas party. It was thrown by a band known as The Treatment to celebrate the ending of a great year and to put on a hell of a show. We saw performances by four different bands and it was all about rock’n’roll and having a good time.

The Treatment have been around since 2008 and have proved themselves as a successful new band from Cambridge, UK. They’ve released their debut album This Might Hurt under Spinefarm Recodrds and toured with artists like Alice Cooper, Steel Panther, Thin Lizzy and many more. This year The Treatment spent their summer on the road touring the US with Motley Crue and KISS.

Their music is classic and high energy driven rock’n’roll and they are set to reach even higher goals with their upcoming 2nd album.
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The first band to hit the stage tonight is Curran. Bringing a lot of positive energy to the stage they’re the perfect act to get the audience in the right mood and get this party going. Curran leave a great first impression with their classic rock’n’roll sound where Bon Jovi meets Thin Lizzy somewhere in the middle.

Curran prove themselves as a potential band with a great future in the business as they have everything it takes to make it – lively and sincere stage presence, catchy rock’n’roll tunes and a great drive and passion among the band members. To make the performance even more appealing, they throw in a Thin Lizzy cover, which is the perfect choice for tonight’s crowd and occasion.

The band’s website clearly says – „The best kept secret in rock’n’roll.” We suggest you keep your eyes wide open for these guys in the future, as it might turn out to be the truth.

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By saying: „I like rock’n’roll music,” you are pretty much saying that you like AC/DC. That’s just too obvious. Then there are people who say that Airboure is a rip-off of AC/DC, which is fair enough. That doesn’t change the fact that we all still love Airbourne, right?

The second band to take the stage tonight is the same kind of case. Four Wheel Drive are one of the London’s hardest rocking bands and they play classic hard rock that to some people might sound like either AC/DC or Airbourne. Regardless of that, Four Wheel Drive is an exciting band with great hard rock songs that you’ll want to listen to turned up to 11.

These guys deliver a performance that instantly originates a party atmosphere. Their music is all about having fun and having a good time and tonight it just can’t go wrong. By watching this band you can instantly tell that they love exactly the kind of music they play and they do it from their hearts.

The energy in the room is pumping and the last two songs of their set – „High Roller” and „Hammered again” go down as absolute party anthems. It’s classic hard rock and it doesn’t get much better than this.

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Third band on tonight is melodic rockers Vega promoting their debut album Kiss Of Life. Vega stand out with their specific AOR sound that comes from somewhere in the mid 80’s when synthesizers were a big part of rock performance. This band would definitely appeal to fans of anything from Boston and Journey to Def Leppard and Bon Jovi.

Vega puts on a performance that the crowd seem to enjoy, yet they struggle after such uplifting performance by Four Wheel Drive as it is hard to bring out something even more energetic than those guys. Still, they manage to prepare the audience for tonight’s main acts just right.

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Let’s not forget that tonight’s show is a pre-Christmas party – a great get-together for friends, fans and family of The Treatment to celebrate a successful year that 2012 has been for them. After returning home from their US tour with KISS and Motley Crue, the band seems satisfied and much more confident than before. Tonight they are in high spirits and only few minutes into their first song “Drink, F**k, Fight” everyone can tell that they are pleased to be back home and playing in front of an English audience.

For people who have just discovered The Treatment tonight must be a great experience, as the band mix well-known songs from their first album This Might Hurt with some new and yet unreleased stuff.

There might be more studs, leather and funky haircuts on the stage these days, but for people who’ve followed The Treatment’s music and live shows since the very beginning, this show does not bring out or introduce something new and surprising. Still, it is a great reminder to everyone just how professional and dedicated this band has remained and how their sound seems to develop with every show. Songs like “Drink, F**k, Fight,” “The Doctor” and “Shake the Mountain” are absolute crowd pleasers. Some new songs introduced by the band tonight included “World on Fire,” “Killer” and “Get the Party On.”

As well as that, The Treatment throw in a cover version of Slade’s “Get Down and Get With It,” which cheers up the crowd and turns this show into a wild party where a the audience ends up on stage. Also, it is great to see that such young bands like The Treatment have retained respect for classic British rock’n’roll.

2012 has been a great year for The Treatment, but it’s only the beginning and we wish them to achieve even greater success in the future.