Punk is not dead. And this isn’t just a 20-something rock fan saying this, this is due to the fact that we’ve found something of a golden gem in the underbelly of the beast that is London and it’s been gorging on riffs and rock outs for the past 3 years. Four teens – who started their journey when they were just 13 – have earnt their stickers of honour in the limelight and we’re proud as hell to have them join July’s House Of Savages night!
Many of us will be reading this thinking about a time (this may still be now) that we thought we were in a proper rock band, chugging out power-chords in the garage / music room/ local pub (*delete as applicable). There’s plenty of those bands out there, but many are writing covers or ‘beginners’ tracks that struggle to have structure, lyrical content of (let’s be honest) real worth or any development other than to play the instruments better. With Alive With Eyes we’re presented with something quite scary…a group of 16 year olds who have already been in a band for 3 years and are already writing and gigging to a level their 20-something peers could envy.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the material below isn’t rewriting the book, nor will it change the musical landscape as we know it, but sometimes punk rock and those associated genres need a little integrity and punk is one such style where you can’t afford to shred the book and start over. It needs consistency and therefore holds strong over 40+ years of existence. “I Don’t Know” is the track the band have shared on their Soundcloud page and it’s a great taster for the band. Frontman and co-writer Jake Adams started playing guitar aged 11, steered by a musical family and plenty of good taste, took just 2 years to turn that guitar into a band and 3 years later in a really strong offering of alt. rock talent in the London scene.
We can’t wait to see them again just a few weeks after their Camden Rocks performance at The George Tavern on Thursday 14th July – more details at House Of Savages – and we hope to see some of you down there too.