It’s been a year in the making but Southampton three piece Gideon’s Demise have finally unleashed their debut album “Kiss My Temper” onto the world. Tonight’s album launch show at Soul Cellar suitably marked the occasion for the event that it really is. Gideon’s Demise are a special band, “Kiss My Temper” is a special album and tonight is a very, very special night.
Adam and Lee – formerly of local heroes The Retake – warmed things up nicely under the guise of Lead On. A neat acoustic set coupled with their likeable personalities gets things off to a laid back start.
Bournemouth based singer/songwriter Sarah Griffin and her band up the ante with a polished set. Playing tracks from her consistent debut album “Above The Parapet“, she comes across as wonderfully human whilst being assuringly professional in her performance. The band are very together which means that gems like “Poet” and “News Of The Weird” pleasingly fulfill their potential. Sure, the KT Tunstall and Damien Rice influences are clear for anyone to see but Sarah Griffin has her own distinctive style which is hugely likeable, instantly familiar and commercially viable.
The Lost Souls Club are tipped by many to be on the verge of great things. One listen to the likes of the rifftastic darkness of “Romeo” or the glittery pop of “Sometimes” backs this theory up substantially. Jon Tufnell is never less than exhilarating as a frontman. He oozes meaning and feeling with every syllable and every note squeezed from his guitar. It’s thrilling stuff that warms the 200 plus crowd up nicely for tonight’s headliners….
Kicking off with “Grey”, Gideon’s Demise clearly mean business. Frontman and lyricist Gideon Towers comes across more confident and comfortable than ever whilst retaining the natural intensity that makes him such a believable artist and bassist Jim Sparshott and drummer Matt Stanton are as reliably tight as we’ve come to expect.
Tonight is what the band have been working towards over the past year and anyone who saw their debut gig at Talking Heads in July last year can’t help but be impressed by how far the band have come on. It’s the power of the performance which raises the already impressive material to epic status.
“Panic”, “Fusion” and “Watch The Sun” are more powerful and harder hitting than they ever have been before whilst “Take Me Down” does what it always does by making the hairs on the back of the neck stand on end for anyone who has a pulse. It’s colossal stuff.
“By Myself” glows in the live arena, sounding dirtier than ever before the deafening roar from a euphoric crowd demands that the band retake to the stage and leave us with a raucous “Glow”.
Clearly the band have had the time of their lives tonight and so have the crowd. It’s beaming smiles all round and there’s an overwhelming sense of a job well done. Gideon’s Demise have not just done themselves proud tonight but the whole of the Southampton music scene should be proud of what’s happened tonight. The foundations have been laid for 2011 to be a landmark year for one of the South’s finest bands.