Review by Peter Keevil. Pics by Mark Lloyd
Birmingham’s Lovebite released one of my favourite albums of 2012 in ‘Lock n Load’ but I have only ever seen them as a support act, so I was looking forward to seeing them headline the bill in their home town.
Unfortunately, while the performance gave me plenty to be pleased about, the sound did not match the visual energy of the four-piece. I later heard that it was the sound engineer’s first gig alone at the helm and it showed – big time. The guitar sound was so weak it sapped all of the passion from their sass and guile – which for a glam/sleaze act is their very essence.
However, on occasion, guitarist Tryx managed to cut through the insipid phonics to show his fretboard dexterity and highlight just why Lovebite have that little extra edge in a genre that has long left Sunset Strip and now dominated by the Scandinavians.
I’d still like to see the guys tear it up a little bit more, be a bit more flamboyant and outrageous. Because they have singer/guitarist Jonny Sparks locked to a mic-stand the others need to compensate, project and engage. To Lock N Load if you will! But that can all come with further stage miles and analysis of the odd self-filmed gig video.
It’s a lesson to be learned by all up and coming bands because you will get a shite sound, far more times than you would like, but what you can control is how YOU perform and if you can master that, then the better sound engineers are just around the corner.
The guys have recently signed a new album deal and are holed up in Birmingham’s Arkham Studios working on their new release. In the meantime check out their debut http://www.lovebiteofficial.
Lock N Load
Breakin The Rules
Queen Of Hearts
Can’t Fight Your Love
What’s A Boy To Do
Too Much Is Never Enough
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