Tales of Phoenix's and Hawks,
A metal fans account of the Littlehampton Alternative Rock Society's event on June 23rd.
Back in Littlehampton, in a small high street pub....huge amounts of rock and energy. This months offering from the Littlehampton Alternative Rock society definitely did not disappoint. The weather was fine, the beer was flowing, the bands were ready and the crowd was pumped.
First up we had Gold Phoenix, a three piece band hailing from Surrey. Describing their sound as fuzzy, garage rock, they really fit that rock and roll sound with raw, heavy guitar riffs, driving bass and a groovy beat. Going for around two and a half years now, the guys are relaxed on stage but with an energy behind their music making you want to tap your feet and move your body. You can see that the guys love performing live and discussing their influences in the interviews it was mentioned that sometimes they write tunes that they think just need to be played live.
Something for the ladys: The singer for Gold Phoenix shows off more than his voice.
Hoping in the future to be touring more, I would definitely recommend catching one of their shows as their sound is awesome to rock out to. The track 'Mortal Man' really stood out to me. It starts off as this chilled, bluesy riff with soulful lyrics, the kind you hear from songs that inspire you or take you back in your memories, and then you get this build up of guitar feedback squeal and then it detonates into this thumping, head banging, pure rock riff with those same soulful lyrics adding to the passion if it.The guys were truly a blast to watch perform and I really enjoyed their set.
Next up we had Hawka, Brighton based 4 piece band. Now these guys are metal with a capital \M/ ! Veterans to the local scene having been around for 10 years, they are no strangers to performing. Despite a few line up changes over the years, their sound has grown with them and now has an energetic, thrash metal tone to it. Listing some of their influences, Pantera, Anthrax, and Slayer, you can see why. Their set was pure fire and passion, the singer definitely knew how to get the crowd going....by becoming part of it! He spent the majority of the set performing from somewhere in the middle of it all, serenading fans in his own way and even a spot of crowd surfing.
Now this didn't mean that the rest of the band just stood there, they were just as energetic in performing jumping about the stage with hair flying (as much as cables would allow of course) it all drew the crowd in to party along with them. What first got me even before they started was this deep thrumming bass, the kind you can feel vibrate through the floor and through yourself. That to me was like "oooh, this is going to be good" and I was not wrong!
Hawkas frontman spending more time within the crowd than on stage, bringing his performance to you!
Their first track 'Chernobyl' (yes I did have to check the spelling of that one!) Started off with an old world sounding radio broadcast over the top of the guitar riff before launching into a chunky bass heavy riff and crashing drums complete with air raid siren! Explosive lyrics were then brought in for a real fast paced track. Definitely made a fantastic first impression. Following that was the track 'Psycho'. This one begins with a really haunting/eerie guitar riff and whispered lyrics, it would not be out of place in a horror flick, and then just blasts into screaming lyrics, heavy riffs and a thumping beat. It's a track you can definitely let your hair down to (most of the crowd did) and really shows the passion and energy they have for their music. It really was a fantastic, mosh pit worthy set, I was totally rocked by the end!