Cardiff-based, Samoans start things with a strange but wonderful mix of prog and math-rock, a genre that emerged in the late 80′s and that was influenced by both the intricacies of progressive
and avant-garde rock – King Crimson, Frank Zappa and 20th century composers such as Steve Reich and John Cage. With intricate guitars and extensive drum beats, they sound something like the lovechild of
Biffy Clyro and Deftones.
With everyone gathered upstairs in Sound Control ,waiting with baited breath, No Devotion have a lot to live up to and even more to prove. With six amazing, accomplished, musicians it was never going to be a hard thing to do. With this being only their second gig as a band, they start off a little shyly, but soon the nerves are shed and they play a tight set.
’10,000 Summers’ is hook central, and will certainly be one the fans will favour singing along to. The set does have some shaky parts, but that is to be expected with such a brand new project. With ‘Stay’, one of two tracks already heard by the public, Rickly spills his heart out to the world. The instrumental section really allowed the band to show off just how talented they are, with Luke Johnson drumming like part man, part machine. The band have strayed away from much of their older sound, but there’s still that catchy rock feel to them, bringing influence from The Cure as well as Rickly’s hardcore background. Everyone that managed to catch them on this tour should feel incredibly lucky, as I don’t see them playing venues this small again.Geoff Rickly is a solid frontman, having been around the scene for over 15 years, his vocals have a raw energy that just isn’t found in enough singers these days. Stuart Richardson’s pounding bass and the often, almost, duelling guitars of Mike Lewis and Lee Gaze sound like a harmonic war.
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