Sympathy for the Devilish
These sonic hell-raisers set up camp for the night at the Pipeline, just steps off Liverpool St station. They littered the floor with fistfulls of fake pound notes (soft as napkins), they rose the American-inspired DP flag at the back of the stage and they opened their arms to "friends and family" - who, according to vocalist/guitarist Johnny Navarro's opening statement, built their small (but respectable) 10th anniversary audience.
Back to what really matters, Devilish Presley's music rocks.
The moment the duo grab their guitars, their sound explodes. It's sexy and ferocious and it could never fit in four studio walls. From The Devil Rock & Roll (out of their 5th album The Dark Triad) to Black Leather Jesus (from their 2003 debut Rust Garden), this is no music for the faint of heart (and that's the way we like it). Happy As Saturday and Black Glitter - they're all great songs.
Tunes like Hammer Horror Glamour don't quite sound like the ones that sing all the answers to our existential dramas, but this one does claim that much: "Anything is possible with rock 'n' roll. This is one monster you can't stop...".
Since rock has given answers to many of my dramas, it sure sounds wise to me.
Glitter. Hammer. Rock. And you'll roll fine...
Review and photography by Danai Molocha