When the breeze brushing the hairs on your face and arms comes not from the great outdoors but from a stack of vibrating amps, you know you are alive!
What better way to open this blog than with flavour of the month, Reckless Love, the Finnish quartet who have rocked their Thursday nights residency at Camden’s Barfly this month. Yes, how much fake tan can one man carry off? Well, singer, Olli Herman, for sure.
Camden Barfly, Thursday 18th October 2012
They may have been born to love recklessly but on the penultimate night of their October Barfly residency, the Finnish quartet are proving that they can commit to a relationship and add spice to it. Some of the crowd in the tiny upstairs venue here tonight had obviously come back for more whereas those chancing a one night stand were left hoping for another date next week.
It’s plain and simple. Reckless Love play good time rock and roll injected with hint of pop and deliver sing-a-long anthems that are uplifting, re-energising and sensual. This UK tour has seen hair powered shots at various covers too. Tonight the band kick off their set with a romping version of Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song” and soon, a day spent at the office suddenly seems like a very long way away.
With a gentle re-fluff of his peroxide mane and a flash of his pearly whites, singer, Olli Herman, demonstrates that no stage is too small for high kicks in skin clinging trousers and launches into “Badass”. Tracks from the new album “Animal Attraction” are plentiful and in demand. “Born to Break Your Heart”, reminiscent of a Bon Joviesque arrangement is followed by the dangerously tight, scissor kicking “Feel My Heat”. Thanks to impeccable riffs from Pepe on lead, pulsing bass rhythm from Jalle Verne and the masterful stick twiddling of grinning Hessu Max (who bears a keen resemblance to Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow), we all feel like virgins living “Dirty Dreams” by the middle of the set. Songs of sex, partying and basic animalistic instincts are what it’s all about. Along these lines Olli tells us “this is how we survive the winters in Scandinavia” and introduces the boppy “Animal Attraction” demo “Push”.
Comparisons to Steel Panther are invalid. Yes, they have both resurrected and nailed cock rock and are jostling for the nostalgia of glam on Sunset Strip, but they are not the same. There are no fakes in the room tonight (apart from the sun tans). Yes it’s all tongue in cheek, hair and makeup, but its real and the music is constantly injected with their own territorial style. Happy harmonies, gentle humour and tasteful eroticism are the ingredients of every song, none moreso than in “Animal Attraction” itself, a sing-a-long ballad recalling the possible venues for a quickie and that love is just the thing that’s missing!
All too soon the end is nigh. The usual routine stage exit is aborted with the offer from Olli of an immediate, no nonsense encore. This could be more practical, it seems, in such an intimate setting where “off-stage” would be, Olli points out, a tiny closet door displaying a No Stage Diving sign. “Hot” – has the upbeat, pop rock dance tune deserving of any commercial radio station and could be easily mistaken for a top 20 chart summer boy band hit. That said, it is rousing and fun and a perfect encore song from the new album. Closing with this and Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak”, both Reckless Love’s one night flings and long standing relationships, can go home with a smile on their faces and a warm glow in their hearts. We want more!