Halloween and there are plenty of bodies here
at The Slade Rooms tonight,it's certainly no graveyard
and we are no doubt in for a few tricks with the
lights and treats with the sounds.
First band to take to the altar(stage)tonight
are local band, Shatter Effect. With a heady mix
of strong vocals from leading lady Bex and some
superb, clean and precise sounds from the rest
of the band, 'Make Me Hate You' is a real stomper
and stand out track. The small crowd gathered
currently, offer a good applause at the end of
Shatter Effect's short set, which is well deserved.
Boom Six receive an enormous welcome from the
ever-growing crowd. Kicking off with 'Karma Is
A Bitch' then quickly followed by 'The Road To
Hell Is Paved With Good Inventions'. The interaction
from 'Barney' and Laila with the crowd is great
and the whole band on-stage are by far one of
the most energetic I've seen, using every last
inch of the space available to them. The room
is getting much fuller now as 'Virus' gets the
walls shaking along with 'Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang!'and
'The High Cost Of Living'. Sonic Boom Six keep
us on our toes with latest track 'Drop The Bass',
while 'Piggy In The Middle',sees a small pit starting
to form in the crowd, with Laila up on the barrier
encouraging a little more interaction before taking
it down a notch for 'Let's Push Things Forward'(
The Streets cover.).
up this high-energy set with 'For The Kids Of
The Multiculture' the crowd bounce and sing along,
with the added solo mow-hawked crowd surfer making
an appearance. Overall a great band to see live
and a tough act to follow this evening.
Hadouken! seem a bit slow to get going tonight,the
energy just isn't there which is somewhat different
to last time they were here in April 2012 ,nevertheless
the crowd don't appear fazed by it as they happily
bounce along to 'Vortex' and 'M.A.D' before slowing
the pace just a little with 'Oxygen'. Heading
towards the mid set and Hadouken!
have found their energy again as the room erupts
to 'Get Smashed Gate Crash', 'Mecha Love' and
the awesome 'House Is Falling'. The light display
this evening is quite something, with a mix of
lasers and strobes that come as standard with
a Hadouken! gig (venue permitting of course!)
and indeed helps with creating a mini sauna, it's
so darn hot in here! We see no let up as epic
tracks such as 'As one', 'Mic Check', 'Bad Signal',
'Bliss Out','That Boy That Girl' and 'Bombshock'
shake the Slade Rooms to it's very core.
seeing as it is Halloween the band have very kindly
set up a little competition for best fancy dress
outfit, the winners receive free merch, after
they are invited up on the stage for a few minutes
in the spotlight which is really quite cool and
no doubt like a prize in itself!. As we head towards
the end of the evening, James requests the crowd
to "Start the moshing machine", power
cycling through 'Rebirth', 'Turn The Lights Out,'Daylight','Parasite'
and 'Levitate' with a couple of remixes thrown
in the spin.
Great atmosphere tonight, and a sweaty gig enjoyed
Shatter Effect 2/5
Sonic boom Six 5/5
Review By Jude Onions