Live Music Reviews

Number One Son @ Barfly, Cardiff

10 May 2002


As talk of the long awaited renaissance of UK metal rumbles on, two more preachers from the British church of noise are on the road together, desperately trying to keep the hype alive.

Having spent a good deal of this year constantly on tour across the country, and with their debut album release only a month away, Newport’s Kennedy Soundtrack are finally back in their native South Wales. Great things are expected of them, and should all go well album-wise, the experience of the last few months won’t have gone to waste. Tight and disciplined, they are obviously enjoying themselves, and even moments of dodginess form the PA can’t put them off the game. Shaven-headed rapper frontman Nic Havard works the crowd well, and whereas some bands could have easily died on the arses tonight, The Kennedy Soundtrack’s bouncy blend of rap and riffs keeps the audience entertained.

In contrast, Liverpool’s Number One Son may not have a great deal to say, but they just let the music do the talking. Stablemates with the nu-metal media darlings of the moment Lostprophets, Number One Son have benefited from the open-minded metal policies of Visible Noise Records, culminating in the release of last year’s Majority Of One LP. Tons of energy and plenty of attitude means Number One Son’s hardcore assault doesn’t disappoint, the crowd feeding off the bands passion, the punchy deliverance of current single ‘Hourglass’ summing up the dedication on display tonight.

It’s very loud and it certainly isn’t pretty, but the dinosaur that is British metal is slowly rearing her ugly head once more, and she’s had babies! Once responsible for the likes of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Motorhead, who knows what her little monsters will do this time.


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