Superfecta + Blue Stragglers + Levee
@The Black Heart, Camden
April 22nd 2022
Review and Photos by Elesha Jepson
A powerful Friday night of rock/grunge/metal music was kicked off by the ‘Fuzzed up, grooved out, hook-laden alt rock’ three-piece band hailing from Horsham, Sussex, running their own not-for-profit band rehearsal space next to a South Downs Chalk Pit: Struggling to find a local practice space they could use and as fans of the D.I.Y scene decided to put together their own place which they and other bands could use 24/7.
The band, Ali Waite (Bass), Andy Head (Drums) and Lee Martin (Guitar, vocals and owner of a great cat themed shirt) entered the stage at 8:10 pm and proceeded to put on an incredible performance opening for Superfecta. The band fired up the crowd very quickly with their high energy songs and powerful stage performance; Andy’s hair was flying everywhere so much so I’m surprised he could see anything that was happening! As their set came to a close the energy didn’t waver, a passionate performance right up to the end. Just before leaving the stage, they asked people to join them downstairs in the bar after a show for a drink.
As the crowd flocked back in after visiting the bar downstairs everyone prepared themselves as next on were Levee, a two-piece Scandinavian hard rock/scuzz band made of Morten Fausboll (vocals and guitar) and Fredrick (drums). With the unusual stage attire of a white shirt and black tie, the band rallied up the crowd quickly. Morten told the crowd that when he first came to London his first gig (as a crowd member) was at The Black Heart and was excited that he was now playing there.
A little later on in the set the crowd were asked to take out their phones and video a song for a project the band had in mind, people were invited to move around and even enter the stage to get better angles. Some seemed reluctant at first, but when the mention of a free beer for everyone who sent them a video, phones appeared quickly.
Before every song, the duo explained the ideas and reasoning behind the songs even down to Morten changing his shirt to Chinese Comic Storm Xu’s merch ‘To live and die in Yangpu’ to play the song by the same title. Whilst doing so a member of the audience very loudly yelled out ‘sexy lady’ which got the whole crowd laughing. As the performance continued, Morten came down into the crowd dancing and playing guitar, snaking his way through and ending back on the stage to finish a great performance.
Finally, the headliner that everyone had been waiting for, Superfecta. A British grunge/metal band that gives a great mix of modern metal, classic grunge, alt and stoner music. Formed in late 2012 and taking influence from bands such as Tool, Sabbath, Alice in Chains and Incubus the band is soon to release their third album in late 2022. The band consists of Rob Negrini (vocals), Danun Todd (Guitar), Joe Head (Bass and Vocals) and Matt ‘The Machine’ Vella (Drums).
The crowd let out a fierce cheer as Superfecta took to the stage to give an incredible performance. An energised opening carried through the entire set, not a dull moment was had throughout. ‘Fucking hell it’s good to be back’ exclaimed Rob. Quickly, the front of the crowd became a dance floor with everyone giving it all they had.
It was nice to see the openers in the crowd having a drink and some fun, singing along with Superfecta. Wiping the crowd up the connection between the band and fans was immediately apparent, with the band even dedicating a song to the vocalist of Levee, Morton. With Strong vocals, a talented guitarist, bassist, and drummer what else could you want. An impeccable performance which at the end left everyone chanting ‘one more song!’
All of the profits from the gig were to be sent to a Ukraine help charity, With Morten (Levee) encouraging everyone to buy merch.‘They need our help, pay too much for it, it all goes to Ukraine. You’ll look fucking fantastic no matter who’s band t-shirt you are wearing. You’ll be making out with strangers in those t-shirts’ and Rob from Superfecta followed on from levee vocalist, Morton, detailing that all the earnings from the gig, merch, ticket sales and any other money raised would go to help the Ukraine crisis ‘We were meant to tour the Ukraine and Russia, but because of Mr Putin, we had to cancel. So as a small gesture we can help families in Ukraine… we have a friend in Poland (he’s Ukrainian) looking after a family of 12 people, so all the profits of the show tonight will go to help Denis and his family’.
An incredible all-round performance by all three bands, A great way to spend an evening.