Heavens Basement @ Cardiff Barfly 9th December 2009

Jarrad with Heavens Basement - Photograph by Gigsniper

It’s an odd night, as I make my way to Cardiff my eyes and ears are arrested by the rain that is bouncing off the tarmac on the road ahead. I’m travelling to the Barfly to see what has been described as “The best British band of this type” and by their own front man as “The band that will make you fall in love with Rock n’ Roll all over again”, Ladies and Gentleman, this is Heavens Basement, formed from the ashes of Roadstar/Hurricane Party – Classic Rock Magazine’s Best Newcomer of 2006.-

As 7.30 approached the doors opened and the initial flow of punters entered the club. A mixed bag – from middle aged men and women to young guys and girls decked out in eyeliner and glitter. As the likes of Papa Roach pumped out of the PA the vibe was set, no nonsense rock n roll it was.

The Infamous - Photograph by Gigsniper

Opening up proceedings are The Infamous, a young 5 piece that wouldn’t look out of place on the Sunset Strip. What they lack in years they more than make up for in confidence. Imagine Velvet Revolver with Dirty Sanchez’s Pritchard on vocals, high energy melodic rock with a wild front man. The piece de resistance is the band’s closing song, featuring lead guitarist Ian Scott on slide guitar, think Aerosmith on acid. Given a year or two this band are more than likely to live up to their name and become infamous!

For fans of: Velvet Revolver, Aerosmith, Red Star Rebels

Next up were New Device, a band currently riding on a crest of high profile support slots, and for good reason. These five lads command the stage with ease, the audience getting into the groove and clapping along at every opportunity. There’s a definite 80’s metaltastic vibe to proceedings, with a healthy dash of more contemporary rock – a sort of post 1980’s groove metal sound you might say. A polished performance from a polished band that whipped the crowd into a frenzy with ease.

For fans of: Bon Jovi, L.A Guns, Backyard Babies

Dear Superstar - Photograph by Gigsniper

Things really start to heat up upon the arrival of sleaze merchants Dear Superstar, whose live reputation is well documented on youtube. As the set kicks off its obvious frontman Micky Satiar has the crowd well and truly tamed, reacting to every command he barks over the mic. The set is speed fuelled, sleazy and superb, the band blending glam, punk and more than a hint of classic metal not to mention a cheeky rendition of “Lola” by The Kinks. This is everything Papa Roach, Avenged Sevenfold and Escape the Fate do well in one package, high energy, high volume, highly enjoyable.

For fans of: Escape the Fate, Papa Roach, Avenged Sevenfold.

Heavens Basement - Photograph by Gigsniper

As the headliners take to the stage there’s a real atmosphere in the crowd. The excitement and anticipation is in the air, like the fuse burning on a stick of dynamite, and as the band launch full force into opener “Tear Your Heart Out” the club explodes. The band are born showmen, from front man Richie Hevanz’s ability to connect with the crowd, to drummer Chris River’s drumstick acrobatics to guitarist Sid Glover’s Hendrix style antics, this is a band that knows how to entertain. The hour long set is a showcase of the bands ability to pen a rock n roll song and grab you by the throat with it live. Highlights include “Tear Your Heart Out”, “Reign on My Parade”, “Paranoia” (featuring guitarist Jonny Rocker on lead vocals) “Mirrors” (a new almost ballad like version) and the anthemic “Executioner’s Day”. This is possibly the UK’s best kept secret, a band with all the attitude and talent of their seasoned rock forefathers, how is this band still unsigned?

For fans of: Buckcherry, Stone Gods, The Answer

More photos to follow





Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens


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