Gig review: KILL FOR EDEN – 100 Club, London, 10 May 2013

This was a ‘Future Rock’ new band promotion night at the legendary 100 Club, in which hard/classic rockers Kill For Eden featured as the main support to headliners, The Branco Heist. Five bands had half hour-sets across the evening. The format worked really well with a diverse range of bands getting good exposure in front of a decent crowd, particularly so as the night progressed.

Kill For Eden are a London based hard rock outfit with a multinational flavour. Lead singer Lyla D’Souza comes to the UK via Australia and possesses an absolutely belting rock voice. She is an accomplished focal point on stage and led the band through a strong, tight set full of beefy riffs. All the toons came from their self titled debut album for which this gig was the launch party.

They kicked off with ‘Kerosene’, full of sharp vocal hooks and radio friendly guitar and then bled into ‘Beige’, a deft rocker with cute changes of pace. The five-piece looked comfortable on the small stage and there was good interplay between guitarists Dave Garfield and Andrea Basioli.

The highlight was a double-barreled salvo of chunky, dirty, down-tuned riff laden tracks in the shape of ‘Ned’ and the best track on the album (in my humble opinion) ‘Slip Away’. It was no co-incidence that Garfield strapped on his shiny, high-grain Gibson Explorer for these two belters and it made all the difference.

Set closer, ‘Untouchables’ pulled out all the stops and apart from a lingering desire to have heard Lyla’s vocals higher up in the mix, this was totally job done. 100 Club smashed.

Headliners The Branco Heist were new to me and I was impressed. This exceedingly tight, high energy three-piece served up an eclectic mix of indie spiked with crafty rawk, and spiced up with unexpected twists, harmonies and thrilling climaxes. Watch out for drummer Ros Hampton who was electrifyingly good. Much of the material was culled from their recently released EP ‘Heads Will Roll’. Branco Heist are a band on the march.

The other acts on the bill were not (yet) of the quality of these two. However Sisteray are worthy of mention as a young band who may be lacking some stage craft right now, but whose Buzzcocks/Kasabian inspired material really caught the ear. ‘War On The Floor’ was about the best of the bunch.

And HighDrant determinedly kicked some alternative hard rock ass with an exuberant set led from the front by Gary Moffat. Top entertainment, even if the material might need a bit of attention.

This was a great showcase for up and coming new bands and here’s hoping that the format proves successful.

Review by Dave Atkinson

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