Reckless Love: Live In London
New glam gods Reckless Love made their UK live debut on Monday, May 24 at The Barfly in Camden, London. We sent Xavier Russell down – in full lipstick lothario gear – to give his opinion.
From Finland, the country that gave us 2006 Eurovision Song Contest winners Lordi, we welcome glam rockers Reckless Love. The country’s certainly quite a hotbed for heavy metal.
Originally hailing from the small town of Kuopio, famous for its 75-metre-high tower with revolving restaurant (!), Reckless Love got sick of spinning around in the tower and headed south to Helsinki to seek their fame and fortune.
Playing to a sold-out Barfly in grimy Camden Town, it’s like going back in time to the late 70s early 80s. The venue is decked out with glam fans proudly sporting their Poison, Kiss and Motley Crue T-shirts. But it’s Van Halen that come to mind as lead singer Olli Herman leaps on stage decked out like Diamond Dave Lee Roth, right down to the cool shades and deadpan delivery.
”London, you just broke my cherry!” he snarls at the beginning of So Yeah!!!. Guitarist Pepe obviously likes Warren De Martini and the late Robbin Crosby, as his chopping riffs have a distinctive Ratt feel about them, and then for the hell of it he goes and throws in an Eddie Van Halen solo!
Originality is not the name of the game here, but where the band do excel is by paying tribute to their favourite bands. Badass has a slightly sleazy feel to it, nodding more to da Crue end of the glam scale, while Beautiful Bomb is reminiscent of Kiss’s Crazy Crazy Nights, and Born To Rock could have been lifted from the Van Halen back catalogue. Even Bon Jovi are cloned on Romance.
With glam rock back in fashion Reckless Love have surfaced just at the right time. Do buy their self-titled, debut CD – and if you’re going to Download on June 12, make sure you get there early to catch the Reckless Crue! And they’re also playing a Firefest warm-up gig in Nottingham on October 29, with H.E.A.T. and Crazy Lixx.