19 Dec 2018
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Gig Review: Royal Blood @ Logan Campbell Centre - 01/05/2018

03 May 2018 // A review by Andrew Smit

The Logan Campbell Centre has seen many years of great rock acts like Nirvana and Metallica and tonight the well-worn 70's decor was rocked by Royal Blood's first headline shows in New Zealand.

Dead Favours were up first to warm the crowd, which was pretty much at capacity, this four-piece Auckland band have impressed and progressed steadily over the last two years since I saw them at their debut gig back in May 2016. They ripped into their originals and as each song was belted out the euphoric effect went up another level and it grabbed the crowd by the throat, and you could since they’re growing appreciation.

Lead vocalist Jared Wrennall's deft vocal work was on song, full of tuneful tones and scorching screams. Dead Favours songs are ballsy, fast driven, and full of dynamics. They have great riffs, tuneful verses and joyous choruses, and best of all there is Kyle Wetton's shredding guitar solos, full of soaring crescendos and releases that draw you in and let fly. All this is reinforced by the tight bursting rhythms from Charlie Smith on drums, coupled with the fat and the fat fuzzy bass from Ross Larsen, it all formed a broad sound that filled the room with warm rock vibes.

Jared was in good banter and he helped get the crowd warmed up by getting everyone to join him in some vocal exercises. A wonderfully long guitar sustain bridged two songs perfectly which was a great affect. At one stage Jared and Kyle were thrashing their guitars in a particularly extended instrumental section and it was like a euphoric burst of spine tapping grunge, and the crowd were rightly impressed. Their whole performance was very entertaining, you could feel the atmosphere and vibe grow, we liked what we heard and were generous in applause.

Later Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher from Royal Blood took to the stage and immediately showed why they are the force that they have become, their songs are brilliant and I for one wanted to hear if the live version would compare to the studio recordings, how can a bass sound so much like a guitar, how can the songs be so meaty? well it was stunning just how good they sound live, they were so tight and pitch perfect, each classic track was peeled off with relentless energy that was authoritative and powerful. Mike sounded humble and appreciative of the audiences loud and positive responses, both gentlemen came across as genuine nice guys, who know how to rock and enjoy what they do.

Their many radio hits sounded supremely cool live, Mike's skilful work on the bass was a stunning sight to see and a supreme sound to hear, the ease at which he can sing, and play is a testament to his talent. He has a singing voice with smooth tone and wonderful high pitch, his cool vocal sound is the musical gentrified part of the otherwise hard rock sound that we love. Ben on drums was as technical as you can get while also being powerful and turbulent. You might think he would have a massive 80's style drum kit with double kick bass and toms to Africa but no, it was a fairly standard kit with the only real extra being the big gong behind him. Ben dominates his kit and his strong hits and punches were felt on your chest, it was good, and we lapped it up.

The light show was very cool, a big V of vertical lights that flashed and chased to the music, just enough to add to the atmosphere but not distract you from the main show. Occasionally two lovely legged ladies graced the stage high in the background, contributing some superb backing vocals, they were brilliantly backlit too, providing impressive silhouettes. Understandably a few more smart phones than usual were raised to take it all in.

The set list left no great song behind, with 16 songs on the set list, kicking off with Lights Out and then into Come On Over sounding formidable live, the popular songs kept coming, I Only Lie and Little Monster all appearing in the first half of the show. You knew they were not leaving anything behind as they took deep breaths between songs, and kept well hydrated, mostly with water, but there was a healthy honouring of the wonderful delights of Tequila which Ben shared with the backing vocalists, once he had his share!

The audience was in the palm of Mike's hand, a simple wave of his hand would make the crowd burst into cheers, and I mean a loud roar, he could wave to the left or the right and that part of the audience would holler at the top of voices. As they neared the end more mega hit songs were pounded out, finishing on a role with Figure It Out then Ten Tonne Skeleton and lastly with their superb debut single Out of the Black.

The crowd came away impressed greatly by both bands, Royal Blood fans had their blood devotion reinforced, while any republicans were converted monarchy for life!


Review written by Andrew Smit

 

Other Reviews By Andrew Smit

fleaBITE - Album Review: Bite Me
04 Dec 2018 // by Andrew Smit
Finally, there is a children’s album that you can chomp into with glee, fleaBITE are the band and Bite Me is the album, and it's full of surprises, where every song is like a bursting musical festival. As a father of two young ones I have had many hours listening to albums full of standard nursery rhyming fair that after a couple of repeats would start to affect your sanity.
Read More...
Chris William - EP Review: Out of Sight
18 Sep 2018 // by Andrew Smit
Out of Sight is an EP with 10 very easy on the ear compositions, with gentle serenading tunes, accompanied by Chris William's velvet vocals that glide on deft orchestral arrangements. You're struck by the clear and crisp tones of the instrumentation, there is piano, a cello, lots of orchestral keys, and they are all compelled forward nicely with modern beats.
Read More...
Vallé - Single Review: Love Me
17 Aug 2018 // by Andrew Smit
After a short and dreamy musical intro, the rap begins and it’s an assured and clear rap, and Vallé's Love Me sounds sublime. The classic syncopation of rhythm and rhyme is performed with a cool style, but it's also intense and stirring.
Read More...
Scott MCB - Single/Video Review: In Your Mind
26 Jun 2018 // by Andrew Smit
A tenderly plucked guitar leads to some nice rhythmic strums, which is then united with a suitably soothing vocal, it’s a nice start that presents well the songs musical quality. In your Mind is a beautiful sounding song that also delivers a clear message, a message that many will find heartening to see presented as it is in the music video.
Read More...
Gig Review: Skinny Hobos @ Galatos, Auckland - 25/05/2018
12 Jun 2018 // by Andrew Smit
On a cool and wet Auckland night, many faithful rock devotees arrived to experience and enjoy a night of mostly Auckland-made Rock at the inner-city hall that is Galatos. Bam!
Read More...
Shady Brain Farm - Album Review: 19 Years In The Same House
05 Jun 2018 // by Andrew Smit
A most wonderful album full of songs laden with a unique and funky mix of rock and blues. Opening with a most funky bass line, Get Up Get Down pumps up the vibe and demands that you do indeed get up and get down, such is the energy and feeling it generates.
Read More...
Lucifer Gunne - Single Review: HRM
22 May 2018 // by Andrew Smit
Wellington based 4-piece rock act Lucifer Gunne, fronted by singer/guitarist/songwriter Rory McDonald, have produced a cool track that stands out as something different that's engaging and passionate. This new single HRM is a wonderful mix of bubbly funk rock that is striking and compelling.
Read More...
The Roulettes - Album Review: Venus Burns
27 Apr 2018 // by Andrew Smit
Opening with a crash of drums and melodic guitar the ever-fresh sound of The Roulettesannounce their latest album Venus Burns with the rousing opening track Stealing Electricity. Thankfully the band have not strayed from their captivating psychedelic sound with songs that are loaded with glorious guitar chords full of sparkling harmonics and hypnotic stomping rhythms.
Read More...
View All Articles By Andrew Smit

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • THANK U, NEXT
    Ariana Grande
  • SHALLOW
    Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper
  • SWEET BUT PSYCHO
    Ava Max
  • SHOTGUN
    George Ezra
  • WITHOUT ME
    Halsey
  • SUNFLOWER
    Post Malone And Swae Lee
  • SICKO MODE
    Travis Scott feat. Drake
  • BETTER
    Khalid
  • HAPPIER
    Marshmello And Bastille
  • EASTSIDE
    benny blanco feat. Halsey And Khalid
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem