Spinefarm Records presents The Next Big Thing: featuring Reckless Love, Jettblack and The Treatment @ The Garage, London 02.02.12
Although it’s a weekday and there’s a slight chill in the air, that doesn’t stop a sellout show from rocking the joint tonight at London’s Garage.
Spinefarm Records presents three of its best signed acts, those of which include British bands Jettblack and The Treatment, and Finnish favourites Reckless Love.
Starting the evening were Cambridge boys The Treatment, a band I was losing my virginity to tonight. After only listening to their album very recently and being rather impressed with the initial exposure, tonight only heightened that feeling. Their stage presence is powerful and energetic, and they provided a really raw and ballsy attitude to their music, something I love seeing from musicians and hearing in their work. Starting their set with the fantastic Departed, the crowd took no time at all getting involved with the electric atmosphere. After a cracking opener, they followed with The Doctor, Shake The Mountain and Just Tell Me Why, amongst others. Semi-ballad Nothing To Lose But Our Minds got the best reaction, with a huge sing-a-long and a garrison of swaying arms and cups of beer in the air.
Following on from such a magnetic performance were fellow Brits Jettblack, a fantastic hard rock act hailing from just outside the city in High Wycombe. After having a hugely successful year in 2010, the boys have waned a little due to problems getting their next album recorded. Nevertheless, tonight they still proved themselves as high flyers in the business and put on an explosive performance starting with Get Your Hands Dirty. Already revved up and raring to go, the crowd got in on the action by clapping and chanting along to the catchy chorus. Slip It On, Two Hot Girls, and Fooled By A Rose were all included in the set, as well as the standard mid-set ballad provided by Not Even Love. A few new tracks were thrown in the mix too, and although their reception wasn’t as roaring as the known songs, the crowd stopped to listen more and take in what was being offered, and they still managed to reel in an enthusiastic response. Jettblack's new album is definitely going to be one to look out for.
Finally, headliners Reckless Love graced the stage with your typical cheesy hair metal apparel - huge hair, denim and leather, glow in the dark guitars and glittery personas. Still using Thin Lizzy's The Boys Are Back In Town to emphasise their second outing on our shores, they warp the music to fire into Animal Attraction, also the title of their second album. With only an hour slot they quickly fired out the hits, following up with Speedin’ and Born To Break Your Heart. They then reached back into their catalogue to pull out favourites from their debut, a collaboration of hits including Badass, Romance and Back To Paradise. Disco anthem Hot got a massive reception from the crowd, with hundreds of pumping fists and a multi vocal chorus. Their latest single On The Radio gets an outing, with the music video vixen herself partying in the crowd, and then the set is polished off nicely with the Reckless Love classic Beautiful Bomb and sensational summer time song One More Time.
If tonight was about showcasing some of the best of the best of Spinefarm’s groups, then that was exactly what was delivered. Excellent showmanship, fantastic songs, thriving party atmosphere, and a successful night of outstanding modern rock ‘n’ roll.
Photos by: Xilaii Photography