Thursday, 8 April 2010

Live Review: Mutiny On The Bounty

In a small room above a Brighton pub, the town’s eclectic culture comes alive in the form of an evening of live music. The first band to grace the stage of The Hope pub on Queens Road is Dalla Russia. The group get the minimal crowd tapping their feet with some up-beat indie/rock and prove why the ever popular female-led line-up works so well.

Southampton four-piece Our Time Down Here take the energy levels up a notch with some Gallows-esque hardcore punk. After announcing a recent break-up, lead singer Will Gould puts all his angst into a powerful set. Bouncing around like a kid who’s eaten too many E-numbers, the band take punk for a dip in the mainstream.

Lower Than Atlantis switch the mood yet again, beginning their set with some Nirvana inspired grunge. However, by the time the Herefordshire band unleash their supercharged cover of Foo Fighters classic Everlong the set has delved into something much heavier. The final tracks verge on heavy metal and the band finish their time on stage with some true rock star instrument destruction.

Headline act Mutiny On The Bounty live up to their advertised title of ‘Epic Luxembourg Rockers’, providing an incredible and technically skilled performance. The phenomenal lead guitarist – who turns out to be a stand-in – leaves the crowed in awe of his fast finger work and wondering what the actual band member he replaced is capable of. Although disappointingly short, the cheerful European band’s set is wonderfully unconventional, with the drummer providing lead vocals on a number of tracks.

If variety is the spice of life then the night's line-up has truly blown the lid off of all human existence.

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