Venue: Barfly, CamdenDate: 21 September 2014
Planet Rock invited
us to a very intimate gig at Camden Barfly in London on the
21st of September, that featured a few bands including Leogun
and BlackWolf, two bands that have already supported some
pretty big bands in the past.
The last time I have seen Leogun was when they opened up for Extreme this year. I remember that I had already been pretty impressed back then as their songs were very catchy and a great mix of blues, motown and a bit of classic rock ŗ la Led Zeppelin. When Leogun started playing their tunes this time, more influences popped into my mind. The guitar riffs seemed heavier - like something Tony Iommi might come up with and some bits, especially the solos, reminded of Hendrix or another band I recently discovered called Reignwolf. So in fact really great tunes with a catchy rhythm like they had already showcased at their previous gig.
To my surprise one
thing had changed though which didnít seem as obvious from
the beginning. Their performance basically had started out
like I remembered it, but after just a few songs it changed
and together with it did the atmosphere. It was a bit
as if the performance led up to a climax in which the band
members would completely lose themselves in their music in a
very positive way. Positive because it gave their
performance a certain wow-factor, something you canít take
your eyes off basically, and together with that very
intimate atmosphere at the Barfly, it just created one
perfect moment that was very hard to forget. Itís always
great to see bands progress and in my opinion Leogun
But that was not the only band that had improved that night. BlackWolf was another band I had seen before when they were supporting Winger. They already had stood out back then and certainly did now as well. This time their sound reminded me of a mix of Led Zeppelin and 'Appetite for Destruction' Guns ĎNí Roses, with heavy guitar riffs, but also some very bluesy parts like in 'Faith In Me'. During their performance vocalist Scott Sharp announced that the band had been working on their new album since the end of the Winger tour. One of their songs from that album 'Kiss The Fire' will be featured in the newest issue of Classic Rock, so lookout for that magazine. The crowdís response to that song was phenomenal with people moving along and enjoying themselves, so you can be pretty sure that tune rocks.
Besides their catchy
songs and great energy on stage, especially from both
guitarists John Greenhill and Jason Cronin, BlackWolf
certainly stood out because of Scottís inventive methods
to get the crowd going. Not only did he animate the
audience to sing a melody with him (and successfully got
most of them to follow his lead), but he also got them to
dance and clap along to a few songs, one of them being their
probably catchiest one 'Sea of Mercy'. Even though
their performance had already been great when supporting
Winger, personally I think it got even better, overflowing
with energy and passion for what they do.
It was great to see both bands again, especially with the progress they had made. So if you are into any of the bands I have mentioned as possible influences before, you better check them out on Facebook (here, here) and follow them on Twitter (@leogunband, @ukblackwolf) because, let me assure you, youíll definitely hear more of them in the future.
Review by: Anna Zurek
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