NEW DEVICE/FALLING RED
The Black Heart, Camden, London
20th October 2013
Previously New Device were one stride away from the springboard to stardom. Well, I can assure you, the music from 'Here We Stand' (their latest album) is even better, with the kind of melodic drive that has you humming all the way home.
During the final night of their successful British tour it was clear that the guys were pleased to be back in London, and the audience were determined to welcome them. Talented vocalist, Daniel Leigh, was interacting with his followers, smiling and engaging, especially when members of support band, Falling Red, arrived to enjoy the entertainment. Bass player, Nix, has the perfect voice to compliment Mr Leigh during the chorus.
All in all it was a great sight - an enthusiastic audience singing along from the first song to the finale, always their signature song 'Takin' Over', featuring the lyrics, "we are the new device, and we are taking over". And yes indeed folks, they are.
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I was told by the facially expressive drummer of support act, Falling Red, that he was struggling to hear the rest of the band throughout the set. To me, they sounded as tight as always.
Singer Roz passionately projected the anarchic feelings of his fellow guitarists who, in their turn, menacingly glared at the audience.
Listen to the lyrics of such songs as 'Come On Down' and you are left in no doubt that these guys are serious. I don't like comparing bands but when they played 'We Escaped A Cult', (from their new album 'Empire Of The Damned') I had the feeling that the driving guitar riffs and rhythmic drumming would have done Marilyn Manson proud.
Due to the cosy confines of The Black Heart in Camden, both bands had to sacrifice the visual effects they had shown the previous week in Portsmouth.
As a photographer, the pressure switched up-lit boxes, used by both the New Device guitarists, created exciting and unusual shots. Falling Red opted for two smoking braziers, perfectly fitting their urban image.