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Review: Cherie Currie, Bierkeller

By Jonathon Kardasz , Wednesday Nov 18, 2015

Cherie Currie really has a quite astonishing biography, involving arguably the most famous all-girl rock band the Runaways (yeah, I know Fanny are up there too, but they don’t have the brand recognition), staggering personal trauma, raising a family and success as a solo recording artist, actor & chainsaw artist. She’s been touring the UK for a limited run of hotly anticipated live shows and stopped off at the Bierkeller on a gale-swept Monday. Alas, the rabidly expectant crowd were to be disappointed as Cherie had to call off the show after being rendered speechless by a virus. So we were offered the consolation of free tickets to the London show (with Suzi Quatro) along with photo opportunities and a mega signing session. Her band soundtracked the meet and greet with an endearingly ramshackle selection of covers that suggested we missed a great show.

So, following the completion backwards principle we’ll now review the rest of the show in reverse order. Last up were the special guests the Last Great Dreamers, recently reformed and back on the road. A Venn diagram of their musical influences would reveal them playing where glam, new wave and classic rock meet – slashing riffs, gang vocals, stomping beats and killer choruses. The band looks the part too: louche seventies ne’er do wells, their shambolic look and demeanour on stage disguising musical chops and stagecraft that made for a thoroughly entertaining set. Ash Tray Eyes stuck out as the night’s catchiest number, but was in stiff competition with the rest of the material.

Flowerpot were the second act on stage, purveying “a bubbling cauldron of grunge, indie and alternative rock”. That description goes some way to describing the set, but one might not appreciate from their own words that there’s inventiveness about their music that acknowledges their influences but gives the band a unique sound. There’s plenty of grunge riffing and an alternative/indie sensibility about the material too, but also plenty of inventive guitar work and solos that would appeal to fans of classic rock. New cut Roulette (written on the road) was a belter and new single Broken Stiletto is deserving of both your attention and four quid.

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First act of the night were I Destroy, a youthful trio who delivered a set of brattish, snotty punk metal – and that description is meant to be complimentary. Their music marries the aggression of punk to the power of metal (but a lean, no-frills metal rather than anything grandiose or bombastic). The band has a great stage presence, looking confident and at ease, with some great funky bass and drum breaks alongside raucous guitar. Talk Shit stood out, as did Vanity Loves Me and it’s clear that the band have the makings of a good album once the material is road polished.

A disappointing night in some respects, then, but saved by a value for money top quality supporting line up. In fact, if there’s a replacement date scheduled, let’s hope the supports return too.

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