So, last night I covered The Garage sponsored by Relentless which saw Spinefarm Records own the downstairs Stage and lots of much quieter, calmer and in all honesty smaller haired acts (Minus the lovely Beth J Houghton- hair envy) keep a collectively calmer (wait, did I mean Saner?) crowd moving.
Arriving at the venue at 4pm, I met two lovely fans who had travelled all the way from Finland to see Reckless Love (now that’s some serious loyalty) but after seeing the guys set, I can see why fans would keep coming back for more!
All interview slots sorted and a beautiful booth ready to entertain the downstairs acts led to an assortment of absurd, surreal and downright rock n roll conversation topics.
The ultra glamorous Reckless Love talked me through making people happy, my gym running tracks (Were they a little shocked that I love running to ‘Beautiful Bomb’ on the treadmill?!) and THAT hair. These guys are unashamedly G.L.A.M - super sexy and they definitely make it work on stage as well as off. Checking himself out in the screen of his iPhone before we start, Olli just wants to double check his hair is rocking as much as it should be and trust me it was, no amount of time on my own could have achieved that look.
So, they’re bringing back ‘What Rock n Roll is all about’- making you happy, energising you and generally making you want to move. I felt that.
Squatting in the pit with the other press, I was showered with Red Stripe and various sticky spirits as women literally tried to throw themselves at the guys and they were LOVING IT. After numerous vest changes from Olli followed by spinning high kicks, hair flicks and cheeky winks and pouts from writer Pepe I think I had fallen in love about twenty times.
In a whole other way, the adorable guys from The Treatment sat cool, collected, tousled hair hanging around their innocent but pierced faces and told me all bout hanging onto classic rock. Guns n Roses, Aerosmith, they like being classic, something alot of acts don’t want to claim to be these days. Telling me, ‘we love what we’re doing, performing music that we grew up listening to’, these boys off and on stage are a stark contrast. From me explaining the absurd world of Chat Roulette and mallard ducks they snuck off for sound check (sometimes too much is said..) Not knowing what to expect, I sat in the pit for their performance and wow, they owned the stage. Power stances, winks to the ladies and general torso baring ensued. Did someone say they were living the dream?
Possibly my favourite interview of yesterday was with Jettblack. These guys know what they’re doing. Cheeky, confident and all about 2012, we talked touring with Thin Lizzy in May, the two hot fire eaters they stole from another band and why Sonisphere was so good for them- they even accepted the embarrassing story about High Wycombe mispronunciations. Lots of naughty words later and myself bushing rather lots, the guys even chilled in the crowd after their set- which saw guitar battles, lots of amp stamping and a bandanna thrown into the crowd which caused what can only be described as a frenzy.
So, if you missed this, I hoping this makes you want to see these guys. All amazingly lovely and total heartbreakers. Rock n Roll is filling my new playlist right now.
Until tonight’s antics with Bluey Robinson, Ava Leigh, Hadouken! and Proxies..