Sons of Texas
Photo credit: Nathan Kerridge-Porter
Ah Sunday once again! Is it the start of the week or the end? Either way, we all know work or school is only a short few hours away. So why not finish or start in with a head banging concert?
Kentish Town is the setting, and the O2 forum the venue of choice, for a South African band to take centre stage. Some may remember tonight’s headliners as that lot that did something with that singer Amy Lee from Evanescence?” Well you’d be right, although that was 15 years ago.
Anyway, Seether on the strength of tonight’s showing is not just that band who did that one song with Amy Lee. The South African’s can bring it and bring it fucking hard.
OK, so Seether did not come alone for their UK leg of the tour. The festivities kick off with `Sons of Texas` (7) whose infectious Texan grooves almost Pantera like in their tone, do eventually warm the emerging swarm of black clad masses into a frenzy, their patience and determination shine through to get the crowd into gear for tonight’s next attraction.
The same unfortunately cannot be said about LTNT (5) whose wacky visuals and especially amusing use of opening music, seem to get the crowd somewhat interested. Regrettably, the rest of LTNT’s set does not do the band any justice. Perhaps, it’s a case of wrong time and place, yet the band just do not seem to hit the spot until whether out of sheer frustration or a what the hell moment when LTNT’s front-man decides to smash one of his guitars up, which certainly got a huge cheer from tonight’s very patient crowd.
Photo Credit: Nathan Kerridge-Porter
Finally, on to tonight’s headliners, Seether (9) who tonight very assuredly show off their crowd pleasing chops.
Seether has never really been at the forefront of any emerging scene or leaders of any musical movement yet they’ve received enough airplay and TV play over the years to garner a decent following to headline the Forum. They are above all else crowd pleasers and crowd beaters, songs like `Fake It` and the rip roaring `Remedy` really picks up the crowd from its previous lull into a full frenzy, occupied with the art of moshing and belting back lyrics louder than the band’s PA.
Of course, they played ` Broken`, which without Amy Lee as the added vocalist is definitely a little shall we say different however the band have probably played this song a million time in this way, but it gives the song a diverse flavour and it goes down well. Plus it’s always strange peering down and seeing what was once a writhing sea of sweat be transformed into a choir although yeah the choir is still full of sweat but doesn’t it sound pleasant.
Overall a strange mix of bands but all showcasing different aspects from our beloved genre spanning music known as Hard Rock, above all it was Seether’s night and boy did they kick us into the new week!
Sons of Texas