Dead Sons, Neon Rouge and The Rat Race @ Sugarmill 30.03.13

It was surprising to see The Rat Race on such an awesome line up like this. Distorted post punk, personally didn’t give that rise of a buzzing atmosphere to start. Being suited and booted took away that rebellious image that The Rat Race has created over the last 9 months. Tracks from their recent EP, The Beatles Did It First, have a tendency to drag on and become over played. New songs Psychedelic Nights and F**k Knows became a repetitive sound and much like someone familiar to home.

6 piece and forever growing in people and sound; Neon Rouge set high standards of good music. After the departure of Conroy, new bassist, former member of OK.Coral Jamie has taken over. The impact of a new bassist has given Neon Rouge a more devious bluesy style. Brand new, not just new but BRAND new, never played in public before, only in Kieran and Jon’s basement hideaway; Venus Flytrap has, personally rose above my expectation.  Psychotic blues seeps through the Break Jaw Blues rhythmic pattern, the subtle kick in shows that you don’t have to be loud and cocky too create a blinding track. An acoustic setting on high, Black Mamba goes on in full swing. Kieran and Charlotte’s harmonies together give out subtle inflections of pitch which explains and conveys the music emotion. The set was cut short, but they left stage with an echo of the addictive beat and one line lyric ‘Beware of the Big Foot’.  Up and coming EP, Sea Box Wasp Jellyfish, has the odds of being a treasure.

Intimidation came to mind as Dead Sons travelled from the balcony to the stage. Even the image says it all. After doing their biggest show ever supporting Arctic Monkeys in 2011, Dead Sons haven’t stopped. As I put my phone away and focus entirely on the band, the power of music and distinct performance easily made my list for best live performance and sound of 2013. Some people would say it was noise but to complete the honesty its genius noise. Hearing tracks from Hollers & The Hymns through computer speakers is a change around to hearing it live. Double the pounding drums and the Alex Turner enhanced vocals are incredibly entertaining.