29TH MARCH 2014
REVIEW BY MITCHEL EMMS, PHOTOGRAPHY BY NIKKI RYAN
Birmingham rock fans packed into a sold out Birmingham O2 Academy 2, with the heat rising and sweat dripping from the ceilings. The buzz and excitement was high for Heaven’s Basement fans to finally catch them back in the Midlands after touring worldwide to promote their 2013 release “Filthy Empire”.
First up to get the audience going are Welsh Rockers The Dirty Youth. Immediately the crowd are enjoying them as they kick off with “Narcissistic Cannibal”, but are not fully convinced until they play their new single “Alive”, which gets everyone singing along and moving, with a solid performance by the band, but more so an exceptional performance by their female vocalist Danni Monroe, who comes across as a mix between Hayley Williams and Amy Lee, with a better stage presence than both combined.
Vocally, Danni is outstanding. Not bad for a band who’ve been on tour for well into a month. Slight downside, but I guess to shake things up for what must be a tiring set to play every night, they ask the audience for either a “Will Smith” song or a “Rage Against The Machine” song, and continue to do a mish-mash cover of both to finish off the set. The Novelty wore off after the riff kicked in and a true shame as their own material was strong enough to carry the show. (7/10)
The Dirty Youth Setlist:
Requiem of the Drunk
Killing In The Name (Rage Against the Machine cover)
With the room filling up ridiculously, Glamour Of The Kill take to the stage, with full intro samples as if they were gearing up to play O2 Arena. Although with a more metal orientated image, they manage to successfully tear up the place with a very well implemented mix of Metalcore and pop anthems, in a way that doesn’t make you want to stick your fingers down your throat and vomit profusely (Unlike listening to Attack! Attack!) which is refreshing.
The band obviously don’t take themselves too seriously, to the point of covering “Love Gun”, which makes for a fun show of circle pits, onstage banter and the opportunity to catch a band onstage having a laugh whilst putting on a great performance. A good laugh, great tunes and get to jump into a circle pit too. Why not? (8/10)
Glamour Of The Kill Setlist:
The Only One
If Only She Knew
Love Gun (KISS cover)
Live For The Weekend
A Freak Like Me Feeling
Now it’s literally impossible to move around or do anything in the venue, minutes before Heaven’s Basement take to the stage. First song “Welcome Home” has the entire audience singing louder than the sound systems, helping to ignore the speculated vocal issues that vocalist Aaron Buchannan has been suffering from.
However, physically he is on top frontman form, with edgy movements and revving the audience up throughout, somehow managing to scream the high notes through songs like “Fire, Fire” and “Heartbreaking Son of a Bitch”. Sid Glover is in rock’n’roll guitarist mode, acting like he doesn’t give a single f**k and then throwing his guitar around and singing harmonies like a total badass.
Chris and Rob they are a tight unit and unstoppable throughout the show. Highlights were a sombre version of “The Price We Pay” and Aaron doing a handstand ON the audience. Yes that’s right, ON the audience. Despite vocal issues, Heaven’s Basement can easily be heraled as the UK’s most refined Rock’N’Roll live show and their growing, loyal fan-base are evidence of a band whos hard work is finally paying off. (9/10)
Heaven’s Basement Setlist:
Can’t Let Go
Heartbreaking Son of a Bitch
Straight to Hell
Nothing Left to Lose
I Am Electric Paranoia
The Price We Pay
Reign on My Parade
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones cover)