48 Hours & Ashestoangels, Live at The Garage, Highbury and Islington, April 1st

Its a blustery First of April. In fact, its one that’s playing host to a feast of music delight in the capital. With FrnkIero AndThe Cellabration headlining a sold out show at Camden’s notorious Underworld, tonight’s acts have got a tough feat on their hands. Kent hailed trio 48Hours and synth goth rockers Ashestoangels aren’t going to let the yanks steal their thunder. Tonight, The Garage are in for treats smothered in riffs and screams. Easter, who needs ya anyway?

Penultimate act of the evening 48Hours take to the stage with the goal to pack in an hour’s worth of energy into a half-an-hour stint. Its not been long since the band’s last London show, but in that short space of time, their enthusiasm for the cause (the cause becoming the ultimate riff masters) has gone up a notch. Yes, we really did say riff masters. Whether it be bassist Gary Broughton’s everlastingly long fringe-style head bangs or guitarist Adam Jerome’s Mark Tremonti-like riffs, 48Hours are beginning to turn heads at every corner. Although material from full-length release Recovery dominate, perhaps no better way to get the room going was their collaboration with Ashestoangels frontman Crilly. Gracing covers that would be better suited to a spin in the DeLorean back to 1985, it was a frantically funny addition to an addictively guitar thirsty set.

As the room felt sufficiently warmed up, it was the turn of Bristol hailed four-piece Ashestoangels. With a credo that is suspiciously (*cough* exactly the same *cough* alike to that of Monsters Inc.: “We Scare Because We Care”, the band fulfil this in an abundance. But this doesn’t seem to put off fans though. On the surface, their live presence is full of bloodthirsty screams and plunging guitar lines, but underneath they’re just a bunch of Somerset folk who are bursting at the seams with passion. Material from their latest album Horror Cult welcomes a reaction that sees their army of fans interact and engage tenfold. Whether you’re an eye-liner wearing lover or not, Ashestoangels have something to prove, and right now, they’re doing just that.

7/10

Both 48Hours & Ashestoangels will be back at The Garage later this year, playing at London's newest festival XFest this coming July. For more information on XFest please visit https://www.facebook.com/XFestOfficial.

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