Second Sons at The Soundhouse, Leicester: Live Review
Words: Anthony Firmin
A birthday treat for your writer, a road trip to Leicester for some live music at The Soundhouse. Famous for the DeMontford Hall, this town has a handful of cool venues including The Musician and this place.
Alba Rosa are already underway when we arrive (my birthday meal overran, forgive me) and they are fantastic, a combination of blues, rock and pop that works well, not too heavy and with clear vocals, really enjoyable.
The Midnight Dogs provide some down and dirty licks and rock it up significantly, a more exciting entity altogether with their 13 song punk’n’roll set - 13 may be unlucky for some but it’s lucky for us. A cover of The Beatles Come Together is interesting whereas Let’s Go is an out and out rocker. Whiskey Blender is fairly brutal with vocalist Cass sounding like Johnny Rotten at times. Hotel Mango has a great groove too it but it takes their anthem Only Rock N Roll to save everyone’s soul and it goes down a storm!
Where do I start with the headliners this evening? Oh yeah, Greta Van Hype. We caught the Second Sons supporting the Greta’s last year and we were, to be honest, blown away by them. Sadly it has taken until now to see them again and we are not disappointed. Their influences are clear, 70’s Stones and Faces and more than a touch of the Black Crowes - their mannerisms are those of the Stones too. You could easily dismiss them as copyists but there is something a little bit special about them. With a touch of country and bluegrass, that slow meandering style that the Stones do so well when they put their minds to it. But when they rock they certainly rock, they are raw yet slick with it, even adding some funk into the mix... Some Girls?
My friend said during their show “they are good, very good, but not different enough.” Perhaps she has a point and it maybe why they haven’t reached a larger audience just yet. Regardless, I still revelled in almost two hours of their hot, sweaty rock’n’roll.