Steak Number Eight
@ Camden Underworld, London
11th December 2014
Review by Ben Spencer
Photography and Video Footage by Jo Blackened
Having arrived at the Camden Underworld to interview tonight’s headliners, the gradual increase of fans began appearing for tonight’s show. With the bar filling out and with a small gathering of fans congregating towards the front stage area, the night comes under way with little deliberation.
Memory of an Elephant [3.5/5] enter the stage in what felt like no time at all.
Right from the outset these guys prove that there is something special about them.
The melodic post-rock sensibilities and the lead guitarist’s finger tapping skills that set them apart from the other bands tonight.
These formidable musicians prove that they know how to rope in a crowd and keep everyone hooked.
The distorted guitars wash over in ambient waves, providing an and their set feels like a voyage into an ambient terrain.
With plenty of infectious guitars and ambient passages, these guys provide that much needed escapist sound to get the night started.
Next on the bill, ANTA [3.5]; who are similar to the opening band tonight, flex an impressive array of proggy guitars and melodic meanderings.
The band’s subtle use of an organ is also a welcome addition, as the UK quartet continually push past the boundaries of what constitutes as modern prog into something far deeper.
In parts, their music feels sludgy and in equal measure there is a sense of beauty amidst their guitar tones.
They also deviate into a funk driven grooves that come with a circus-vibe, making them distinctive from anything else that’s currently out there.
The lead guitarist also pulls out plenty of memorable solos that helped to give everything more of an edgy feel.
Keep an eye for these guys as they may be onto something here!
Wallace Vanborn [3/5] offer up a very different sound from with a much more immediate hard rock style.
Within minutes the post-grunge influences reverberate as the vocals soar high, hitting falsetto notes effortlessly.
The songs comprise of hard-hitting drums and catchy choruses as fans nod along in approval.
‘We Are What We Hide’ stands out as one of their highlights. The track races ahead with adrenaline induced guitars as well as a lyrical narrative.
The heavy drum work pounds away and works well with the more direct song structures.
Whilst these guys may seem out of place, their unique blend of hard hitting rock holds its own against the other bands.
Tonight’s headliners Steak Number Eight [4/5] enter the stage in a timely manner and unveil a new track from their new album.
The energetic guitars and refined sound show a maturity in their song writing process, and if the new album is anything like this, you can expect another killer release from them in the near future.
Following up with, ‘Cryogenius’, the mammoth sounding guitars chug away against the screaming vocals. The transition to melodic singing gives the band a more organic flow to their sound.
The melodic guitars disperse into an ambient terrain, harking back to their love for Isis in the best possible way.
Personal favourite; ‘Push/ Pull’ wades in with clean guitars and heavy a bass slam that slithers along with a weighty prowess. Meanwhile, the drums crash down at full force before lapsing into a freestyle disarray of beats as the fans began head banging.
‘Black Eyed’ comes with a punchy procession of riffs, complex drums and enraged shrieks, showcasing a more urgent side. The guitars carry the track forward with plenty of distorted effects, making it was another high point.
Closing off with ‘Pyromaniac’, the combination aggressive guitars and screams pervade throughout. The band conjure up a sense a strong sense of desperation, battling through the closing minutes with sonic anguish and speedy drums, as the venue roars back in applause.
Steak Number Eight have had a considerable amount of success from the get go and tonight it’s easy to see why.
With a performance as professional as this; good things are sure to follow as they continue to push their stylistic boundaries with each release.
If you aren’t listening to this band right now, you’ll wish you had been later down the line.
The band’s setlist not only revealed just how versatile they are but also how far their sound has come.