LIVE: In Isolation

28/03/2009

Sahala Haynes went to see In Isolation play at Seven


 In Isolation - photo by Hannah Batchelor (c)
 In Isolation - photo by Hannah Batchelor

Soulcracker begin their set with an element of drama, a wonderful fusion of the two guitars creating a powerful sound. The vocals are reminiscent of REM’s Michael Stipe, and sometimes the music crosses into grunge. The lead guitarist shows some great technique and poise throughout the show, particularly standing out in Peroxitine, which shows a punk side .

Eskimo Fires are the second band to take to the stage, and the lead singer immediately dominates the stage. Some bands just have it, and Eskimo Fires are one of those bands. The band writes anthems, with catchy hooks and excellent use of keyboards that set them apart from a lot of other bands in their genre. The highlight of the set for me is Let It Go, which had me hooked from the opening chord to the closing cymbal.

I cannot seem to find a fault in the band or their performance, even on stage the mistakes works to their advantage as they laugh it off and put the audience at ease.

 In Isolation - photo by Hannah Batchelor (c)In Isolation - photo by Hannah Batchelor (c)
 In Isolation - photo by Hannah Batchelor

Last up is In Isolation, looking the part in shirts and ties. As they kick into the set with Cloning Eve it is immediately obvious that they are a tight band, layering guitars, distorted bass, synth and drums. There are slight eastern vibes throughout the set, especially in Head-Slain. The lead guitarist stands on stage looking cool and collected throughout the set and playing wonderfully.

In Isolation stand out because they do what a lot of bands don’t do anymore, they seem to be playing from the heart.

Soulcracker, Eskimo Fires, and In Isolation performed at Severn on Wednesday 25 March 2009.

Photos by Hannah Batchelor (c)

Soulcracker website

Eskimo Fires website

In Isolation website

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