At the start of another cold, windy February we headed down to The Black Heart in Camden to check out some glorious musical offerings courtesy of some of the UK’s most up and coming bands. Kent rockers 48Hours were topping off tonight’s line up, but there was much to enjoy before they took to the stage.
Archean Soundtrack (8) are a band who really pack a punch. A five piece who fuse hard rock with rap and melodic choruses, a rapper and a clean vocalist, they well and truly stand out from the crowd. Josh Carter (drums) began their set with flawless vocals that transitioned into a wonderful blend of rap and heavy riffs, ear-catching to say the least! Archean Soundtrack are wonderfully unique and not to be missed, they’ve managed to combine the best of rock and hip hop and create a compelling sound many would be unable to achieve. You can buy their EP ‘Living Frequencies’ off iTunes now and I’d highly recommend doing so!
Following were London based Under The Influence (9). With a lightning fast flow of rap combined with gutsy gang vocals these are a band that make you sit up and listen. Frontman Jack Murphy demands, and deservedly receives, full attention from every member of the crowd, while the rest of the band clearly had the time of their lives on that tiny stage at The Black Heart. It’s impossible not to be swept up in the energy that Under The Influence bring, this is a band that have something to say and deserve to be heard.
Headliners 48Hours (8) changed the tone of the evening to pure rock and did so with style. With sets at the likes of Sonisphere and having supported We Are The Ocean, Cancer Bats and InMe to name but a few, the Kent three piece came with high expectations and well and truly exceeded them. The walls shook with their powerful, gritty, melodic rock from their full length release ‘Recovery’ – enticing the crowd with each chord, 48Hours gave a standout performance. They bring a passion and darkness to the UK rock scene that is sorely needed, prepare to be hearing a lot about these Kent rockers in the months to come!