Soho is buzzing and The Borderline is filling quickly. Berlin’s Samsara Blues Experiment are bringing their own brand of psychedelic rock to London.
Anticipation is high but tonight turns out to be a triple treat.
Taking to the stage in a hurry, Alunah waste no time in laying down their take on doom and much more. Chest pounding riffs morph into hypnotic grooves, and Soph Day’s entrancing vocals sometimes verge on the Patti Smith style. A big wall of sound courtesy of Dan Burchmore on bass and Jake Mason on drums provides the platform; all the while Soph and Dave Days’ mighty twin guitar assault take us on a journey into heavy. Rounding off their set, White Hoarhound, Bricket Wood Coven and the punshing Belials Fjord leave me wanting more. All these years on and it seem the Birmingham talent pool is still there.
Stubb follow – every bit the power trio. There’s some über-cool guitar work from Jack Dickinson, reminding everyone just how sweet and unique a Fender Strat really sounds with the volume cranked. This is pure Hendrix worship which makes for one very happy MetalMouth scribe. The band smash their way through six tracks off their self-titled debut. The musicianship is quality and above all else, these guys just look like they’re having a great time jamming, which definitely shows on songs like Devils Brew and Scale The Mountain.
By the time Samsara Blues Experiment take the stage, The Borderline is packed. The audience is immediately taken on a Hawkwind-like journey before the gargantuan riffs kick in. And they don’t let up. The whole set feels like an extended psych-rock jam tinged with Pink Floyd texture and Black Sabbath power. Promoting their new album, Waiting For The Flood, these guys are further proof that there is so much new talent exploring the sounds that laid the foundation for our music. Better still, they are reinterpreting those sounds and delivering something fresh and powerful.
Tonight was a brilliant display of powerful music performed with an enthusiasm that was infectious. The bands’ influences shone through, and anyone into classic rock and metal needs to check these band out. Cheers to Soph and Dave from Alunah and Pete from Stubb for stopping to have a chat too!