Gig Review: Set Your Sights/Reckless Intentions/The Dead Left/G-55
More often than not the bass player lingers in the shadows, holding down the rhythm section while maintaining a low profile. In the case of G-55, the bass achieved all this and more.
In my opinion, ‘Snaggletooth’ stood out to me as the top tune of the night for the whole band, the heavy bass pulls the song along to a fast and even pace with rhythmic guitar licks.
For my first experience seeing these guys perform live, this gig showed how this group embody punk at its core. This is also present in the likes of ‘Black Taxi’, which makes an organic statement, perhaps Blink - 182 inspired? Even dedicating a tune for the students of Newcastle Uni - A glorious anthem for all those studying.
This band all showed how they can perform harmonics to the best of their capabilities (even when your low E string snaps). The set finally ended on ‘Only Just Begun’, which Sam proclaimed was “our best song”. I agree with Sam in the sense of songwriting capabilities and chorus in this tune, I guess we’ve only just began to realise how good a set these guys can conjure up. Top notch job lads.
Next up, The Dead Left came loaded with tracks to dismember the ear drum, and they did just that. Though at first glance you may not see these guys as “typical” musicians, they knocked it out the park with their euphoric guitar licks and deep bass lines.
Starting with ‘Please You’, which is their primary single, their set hailed heavy metal on the ear drums and ejected melodic vocals alongside some powerful lyrics. This band truly personifies where the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” arises from. The Dead Left completely understand what tone and sound they are going for with their harmonic guitar licks alongside some heavy drum and bass melodies.
Third in slot on the night was the lads from Brighton, Reckless Intentions, who proved to be one of the more memorable bands of the night with their clear talent and style.
They pushed their vocal melodies to perfection alongside memorable hooks and thrilling power chords. The lads claim ‘10 Years Too Late But Trying Anyway’ as their way to show how the music scene has changed in the past decade. This band have all of the raw fundamentals to make it into the UK Pop Punk scene. ‘Struggle’ meanwhile, draws you in and holds you. This beautiful track is their most popular, and you can see why.
Their inspirations are clearly visible from a wide stretch of artists, primarily reminiscent of the great ‘Green Day’. While nodding heads to their role models, Reckless Intentions have taken the tools and skills they need to create their own melodic sound. This dedicated band have what it takes to make it and their loyalty to each other shows that, as well as their generosity to give away free merchandise!
Experienced and engaging, Set Your Sights put on a thrilling set to finish the night off.
They understood and selected their top tracks and managed to fit in a Shania Twain cover with ‘You’re Still The One’.
They managed to reconnect and reinvent their own sound for this set; with in your face riffs and melodies that drive this band to the finish line. Their final tune of the night was a mid-paced creeper of a pop-punk song with some great iconic lyrics, superb bass work and some powerful choruses. I was reminded of the early 2000’s punk scene throughout the whole set; drenched with the clattering drums and the intense guitar harmonics. Set Your Sights really do impress, due to their experience in the field of punk rock since the early 2000’s, they stay true to their routes and are keen to put on one hell of a set.
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