Show Report: The L.A.R.S. Showcase

April 15, 2017

 

So here in Littlehampton at our local rock venue The Crown, the Littlehampton Alternative Rock Society have certainly been no fools in putting on another great night - although a certain post on their event page, advertising a 4th band as a last minute addition did baffle me for a while until I clocked the name of the band - Non Existent.........

 

So after me admitting to falling for that one, I was more than ready to rock out to some amazing bands.

 

First up we had The Hellfire Club, a 3 piece band based around Brighton. This was the first time that they had played Littlehampton after forming just over a year ago and wow! what a performance, they really gave a rocking set.

The energy they had was immense , especially the lead singer/bassist - he couldn't stay in one place for the whole set, bouncing about all over the stage. 

 Describing themselves as loud, vicious, big riffs, raw rock, you can tell their influences hail from  big 80's rock bands.

 The Hellfire Club showcasing one of their many great original tracks.

 

I really enjoyed the track "This Is Living" as it starts off slowly building up the guitar and bass, then the beat with the drums before unleashing some pretty soulful lyrics and melody, then exploding into the chorus. The whole track drew me in right away, definitely something I would listen to again.

 

Despite having some technical issues (which they handled brilliantly) they followed on with the track "Man on Fire". Again I really enjoyed this one as it had a bit of a funky beat behind the melodic lyrics of the verses and a real chunky riff to the chorus - yes , there was clapping involved too before the awesome guitar solo kicks in. You can't help but move your feet to this one.

 

Their whole set was a blast and left the crowd wanting more. (Though I never did find out what their funny/embarrassing story was, that was hinted at in the interview...)

 

Next up we had Spindlefish, a 5 piece band from Southhampton and again newcomers to the Littlehampton venue. In fact Meg, the vocalist, has never even visited the town before.

 Spindlesect's Meg belting out another tune in her first ever visit to Littlehampton.

 

Describing themselves as alternative rock with a hint of metal, they certainly lived up to that with their amazing set, with Meg being classically trained you can definitely hear a hint of Evanescence influence in their sound.

 

The track they opened up their set with "If You Only Knew", started off with a smooth, haunting guitar riff before giving over to deep passionate lyrics. It then rocketed into a real belting chorus with a driving beat behind it. Such a fantastic set opener as it grabbed the crowds attention immediately.

 

I really liked the track "Hello" too. Beginning with a bit more of a subdued, raw guitar riff and melodic lyrics before the main chorus kicks in, its full of high energy and massive riffs - a little reminiscent of Skunk Anansie to me if I'm honest - a real intense track.

 

 The whole set was brilliant, filled with vigorous, soulful tracks including their own take of "I Put A Spell On You" which was fantastic, these guys really rocked us all.