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Biters / Daxx And Roxanne - Camden Underworld, London (UK) - 18 December 2017

Daxx and Roxanne are super retro; all funky, heavy seventies riffs mixed with AC/DC style vocals, and there's even a little synchronised Rod Stewart style bottom wiggling for that touch of self-conscious humour associated with British Glam. However, there's some chops behind the good time Rock 'n' Roll and their mix of Metal and Heavy Blues reminds me at times of similar quality fare from great musicians such as Jared James Nicholls. When they do slow down, they keep the leviathan guitar and the vocals take on more of a Robert Plant feel with a nod to Led Zeppelin. Firmly pre-Grunge, the rock hard vocal mixing with an old-school Hard Rock groove is a good fit for this show.


Biters Live 1

Main act Biters are easy on the eye and the ear. Despite Biters meaning (in urban slang) someone in denial about their creative influences from others, I don't think charismatic front-man Tuk Smith would deny their artistic debt to T. Rex and Thin Lizzy particularly. In fact, Picasso said great artists steal and there is no doubt this band have star quality and in this crowded marketplace have excited interest from all generations, even those most curmudgeonly in their praise. I am delighted to finally see them live, having wanted to see them before when they were in the UK but on each occasion being abroad. I would have seen this band way earlier had I been on the same continent when they were playing and I am not disappointed tonight. They have a knack of taking their musical influences and coming up with singles which are great in their own right. They kick off with two of their best – 'Low Lives In High Definition' and 'Restless Hearts' from their first full album 'Electric Blood' – and follow these with a third 'Stone Cold Love' and another track 'Gypsy Rose' from follow-up 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be'. Although he is undoubtedly drop dead gorgeous with that X-factor you need for superstardom, singer Smith is surprisingly personal and takes trouble to engage the crowd on a level footing rather than some lofty unobtainable place and, as such, it is clear this band are well on their way to inspiring cult devotion.

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They are still cutting their teeth and there are hiccups with broken guitars and pedal boards along the way, showing a band that works and plays hard. However, it's not as if ill treatment of equipment didn't go with the genre, from The Who to Deep Purple to Kiss right up until now. What is for sure is that despite a couple of small malfunctions when playing, this band sound great and plug right into the kind of jolt-inducing, attention-grabbing Rock 'n' Roll of which Marc Bolan himself would be proud. The point is that, like Bolan, this band are not just surface but deliver the goods – a magical combination. I also love the chance to get to know the band's personalities by hearing their tales from the road and Smith's reminiscences from his childhood that brought him to where he is today. However, they don't forget to Rock out and hopping, spinning and headbanging their way through, they have an easy manner on stage which screams "this is where I know I belong". It reminds me of before Rock 'n' Roll got too complicated, before Rock Gods blew off their heads and everybody just wanted to have a good time.


Biters Live 2

Songs like 'Heart Fulla Rock 'N' Roll' and '1975' are catchy and immediate, but which never grow old and they bring the show to a close, before an encore in which they pay tribute to Tom Petty in a cover of 'American Girl' and more subtlety to Slade with a big Glam start to the encore, the band are unafraid (despite their name) of showing their roots which after all are those of oak and have given way to a healthy amount of fruit in the shape of fans of their own, for what they can do with our precious heritage to keep the Glam legacy alive. For me, that is huge. I look forward to seeing them in the bigger venues they deserve.

Review and photos by Dawn Osborne


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