Whilst you wouldn’t be mistaken for believing that the eighties glam metal scene had been laid to rest a long time ago, only to be resurrected by your drunk uncle at a family wedding. Via the likes of television show Glee or a few Spinal Tap wannabes, it may be time for you to think again.
Remaining true to the stylish connotations that their genre has to offer, Finland’s Reckless Love (****), armed only with a sparkly microphone, numerous high kicks that would make any gymnast proud courtesy of lead singer Olli Herman and a series of catchy tunes, kicked off round two of four at Camden’s Barfly, London much to the packed crowd’s delight.
Having been warmed up by up and coming rock acts New Device (***) and Mallory Knox (***), who both received warm welcomes, the room screamed in adoration as opening number ‘Feel My Heat’ swept through them.
However, it’s favourite tracks such as ‘Born To Break Your Heart’, ‘Hot’, ‘Beautiful Bomb’ and ‘On The Radio’, mixed together with killer renditions of both Def Leppard‘s ‘Hysteria’ and Queen‘s ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ that would have made singers Joe Elliot and Freddie Mercury proud. This also allows Reckless Love to really show who they are and channel the likes of Bon Jovi, Motley Crue and Van Halen into their performance and really bring the crowd together both in harmony and movement.
Yet, before anyone argues that Reckless Love are just another gimmick, it is the joy and simplicity they bring to fans everywhere combined with awesome riffs and rhythms from the rest of the band that will see them stand the test of time. As one fan put it, the sex hair rock is here to stay.
Written by Danielle Everette