HELL IS FOR HEROES PLUS: ‘A’, VEX RED O2 ABC GLASGOW. 20.02.18
BRIT-ROCK ’00S BOYS ROLL BACK THE YEARS AT STONKING SCOTTISH RETURN
■ “LET ME give it to you straight,” winks Hell Is For Heroes’ sharp-suited frontman Justin Schlosberg early on.“i’m unable to swear as there are young ’uns in the audience tonight. But this is freakin’ awesome!” It’s one of one of many amusing diversions into ‘Dadliness’ from this evening’s awkwardly ageing line-up. Regardless – particularly with the headliners’ 15th anniversary gallop through debut LP The Neon Handshake – it’s clear these millennial veterans haven’t lost a step. Opening the night with a spine-tingling reminder of their class, Hampshire’s Vex Red channel the textural darkness of Placebo, Deftones’ muscular sweep and shards of jarring fragility that’d do Anathema proud.things take an absurd turn when ‘A’ frontman Jason Perry emerges in a red windbreaker (armpit-zippers open, natch) for some pre-set cardio. Packing halfforgotten anthems Starbucks and Nothing (not to mention Mcfly/mcbusted’s Dougie Poynter on bass), though, their full-throttle showing is killer.then HIFH swashbuckle on.“it’s great to be north of the border again!” grins Justin.with bodies and beer flying, it’s easy to understand why. Launching himself into the audience on a supercharged Three Of Clubs, the singer plays beating-heart to a pulsating performance. From Nightvision’s grungy reminiscence via spring-loaded bangeryou Drove Meto It to the shattering post-hardcore of Folded Paper Figures, mind, his band more than match up. So lads, any chance of a full-time return?