48 Hours & Under The Influence, Live At The Black Heart, Camden Town

The start of a new month can always play host to the strangest of things. Usually of the ‘pinch punch, first of the month’ kind. Turning up to Camden’s infamous The Black Heart to be bombarded with tunes named ‘Nan The Musical’ and cheering for all loved Nans in the land wasn’t the typical way to start an evening of rock’s finest up and coming talent. We’ve seen stranger things…

Tonight’s small, yet compact stronghold was out in bitterly freezing force to catch Kent hailed trio 48 Hours. Not to be confused with the TV programme created over the other side of the pond, this band had much to live up to following the array successes the big city has given them in recent times, with the Ourzone Magazine Tour 2014 to name but a few. Were they up to the challenge?

Penultimate act of the evening Under The Influence took to the stage with Super Mario music in abundance, and fast pace live play in the form of rapper come rocker Jack Murphy. Taking material from their recent debut release The Struggle, the Norfolk five-piece took no prisoners as their hip-hop nature twisted with a clamour of riffs was a sight for sore eyes. Although the four walls lacked in numbers, the quintet took each person by their grasp of raw talent and saw jumps and head bangs in every direction.

It was the turn of headliners 48 Hours, who took on a divergent strand of rock goodness from the outset of their half an hour stint. With your eyes closed you’d had been fooled into thinking Three Days Grace had walked on stage. The American hard rock influence rang all over their presence and musical delivery, as tracks from their full-length release Recovery dominated the room in full force. The crowd took this in their stride as a wave of head bangs swung in unison to appreciate the meaty tones this three-piece were unleashing. Their darkness in tone and passion in vocality brought alive a very much saturated US niche, into a UK market that craves this kind of rock excellence.




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