Band: HAVANA ROCKS
Venue: Gasworks, Bradford, UK
Date: 2nd February 2013
It was a cold, freezing February night. By the time I arrived at The Gasworks door, I was half cryogenically frozen and I was visualising what I would look like as an ice sculpture! However, as I wandered downstairs, itching for Havana Rocks to start, little did I know I was about to witness a band who could fire up the place like a freight train from hell. Let’s just say, as soon as the four band members stood amongst a smoke haunted stage, it didn’t take long before I defrosted!
To kick off, we had the song Need. The band was scarring the stage from rock and roll wounds and it didn’t take long before the singer was weaving in and out of the audience. Basically, from the very first song, we learned who was boss! Vocally, the performance was pitch perfect! With the bone grinding vocals, to the slick licks of the strings, the band was as tight as a vice. Yes, we saw a damn good opening!
Next on the agenda was Same Old. Once again, the singer was off the stage and onto the floor. With the burning look in the vocalist’s eyes scouring through the audience, there was no shortage of charisma. So with hands beginning to clap, and our feet beginning to tap, it was pretty obvious this band were here to keep the rock linked with the roll!
Ok, how about this for a metaphor; rock n roll is like a good steak, to get the full flavour it’s best served good and raw with the blood gushing from it. Naturally when a band writes a song called Animal In Me there’s kind of a lot of store laid on it. What can I say, it was bang on. The song was called Animal In Me and the performance was vicious.
Song five of the night just took the set to a whole new level! Basically, all I can say about the performance of Rock Suicide is; quote “this is a band where the music can do all the talking. No justification in words is necessary!”
Of course any good rock gig would have to have an “are you ready”. So as we heard those notorious few words being spoken, it was obvious we were heading for a belter! Naturally Mad Man fit the part! The taunting intro echoing round the room was spine chilling; so yes I’d say without doubt they were on fire!
Well by the time it came to Bad Boy Blues, once again, the fearless look of the singer was riling round the audience. Just to top it off, the guitarist pierced our eardrums by playing the solo behind his head. Teamed with the floor shaking drums and thunderous bass, there was by no means a still leg in the place!
For the final smash of the night, Star was sung with a warm welcome. It was a performance that was just inspiring! Having a dedicated audience, the words ‘Salute those about to rock’ were belted out from the audience. From the fragile opening to the ear bending finish, it was by far the song of the night!
Credit where credit is due, it was a damn good gig! Havana Rocks had carved up a corker! Musically they were bang on, and the performance was cracking. I know this sounds cheesy, but it has to be said, yes it was freezing outside, but watching that show was face melting!
© Kathryn Longbottom