Gig Review

The Hedrons
Plus Get Amped
Southampton, Joiners
22ndJanuary 2007

The Hedrons               Get Amped

And so I find myself back in the Joiners, one of Southampton's best venues for bands on their way to the top.

While the first band played, (Different Day,) I confess, I sat in the bar talking with some complete strangers, before heading downstairs to interview The Hedrons during the first change over. After the interview, I emerged back out of the “bands only” cellar, to join the small crowd for the other support band, Get Amped.

I'll be honest, their music didn't grab me. I've since learned that they've played Download Festival and have actually been around a while, which isn't something that was obvious from there playing. The three piece looked tidy enough, dressed in black, and blue neons trailing up the neck of the guitar, but the stage presence was what was lacking. Admittedly the Joiners isn't the place for wild stage shows, you're on a small podium elevated a few feet above a crowd, in an equally small room, but still.

The songs were good, I mean, there were no flaws, but they all sounded relatively similar and didn't seem to get anywhere. Maybe that was just the choice of set, or the sound itself (which is usually generally very good here,) and they might sound a lot better on a studio recording. The guitarist was the opposite of his instrument, very shy and didn't seem to move much, as opposed to bright and flamboyant. The vocalist just looked like an excited little boy. Hey Mum, it's me. I'm famous, you know.

He'd half-attempt some little jump thing, and nod his head a bit while playing, staring wide-eyed into the crowd whilst singing as if everybody knew the words. Maybe there was a chorus effect on his monitors and he was in fact blind, because I seem to recall only two people knowing what was going on.

I can't criticise them for their music really, there was nothing wrong, but there was something in general not right. Never the less, I think 3/5 is a fair call for that particular gig.

And then we stood around waiting for the Hedrons, a band which I was very fond of. A Scottish female four-piece, full of energy, and ready to go. In the interview, the drummer Soup, had referred to the band as “fast-paced-punk,” a very different feel from that I got from listening to the CD, however, when they started playing live, I knew exactly what she was on about.

The first song was “Stop Look And Listen”, straight in there with the fast-paced-punk-sex-wee-inducing music. Try not at least nodding along to that, I challenge you. Next came “Couldn't Leave Her Alone,” still keeping the upbeat style but not so heavy punk, just generally good boppable tunage.

The lead singer Tippi, played guitar for some songs too, but when the guitar wasn't in her hands, she had a firm grip of the microphone and lurched around the stage, crouching forward over the front, and then leaning back as if to say “yeah I'm awesome.”

Next came “Falling Star,” “Sympathy,” and a previously released single “Be My Friend,” with a stupidly catchy vocal riff.

Half way through the set comes The Hedrons greatest song so far. Their latest single, “Heatseeker,” is basically just the sex.

“Dear Thomas,” (a non-album track,) preceded “Frame Of Mind,” and “What Am I To Do,” the final track on the debut album, which is a lot slower and downbeat than the rest of the set list. “Cadillac,” (another non-album track,) came before the title track, “One More Won't Kill Me,” and the first ever Hedrons song I heard, “I Need You.”

The final track was called “Once Upon A Time,” another track that wasn't included on the album. Tippi got down from the stage and wandered around the crowd singing, right down to the fair end of the room, and then wet up on the bars by the mixing desk singing and getting into perfect photo poses. The rest of the band just carried on as usual, Soup bashing away and working up a sweat, Rosie playing guitar and keeping herself to herself, and Gill the replacement bassist, (after Chi's serious car-crash before Christmas, she could be out of action for eight months minimum,) strolling between her microphone and the drum-kit.

Generally, pretty awesome.
Well done ladies. :)

Review By Thom

 The Hedrons

Gill (Bass)
Rosie (Lead Guitar)
Soup (Drums)
Tippi (Lead Vocals)
 Get Amped

Tim Parkhouse (Vocals, Guitar)
Rick Parkhouse (Vocals, Bass)
Jason Bowld (Drums)
 Band Related Links
The Hedrons Myspace
Get Amped Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?