Live Review: Seratones + Rothwell at Camden Assembly

I think that support act Rothwell knew from the moment she took to the stage that this was not her usual audience (by her own admission ‘not many teenage girls’ staring back at her from the crowd). The short set was out and out pop and when I did some research for this review I found out that that her track ‘Velvet Heart’ was recently featured on Love Island. But like all dedicated performers, and with backing from Tom on drums, guitar and laptop, she still gave it her all. With every mouse click and sub-bass shudder her impressive voice soared over the top. It’s possible that amongst the expectant Seratones fans she may have picked up some new fans of her own.

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Back in 2016 I saw the Seratones at The Lexington and Oslo in London when they were on tour promoting their first album Get Gone. Both times they raised the roof with their power, exuberance and an infectious sense of how to get an audience’s blood pumping. Now, 3 years on they are back in the UK for this one blink-and-you’ll-miss-it gig to promote the second album Power (from which most of tonight’s songs are drawn) and they do not disappoint. This show is a firework display from the get-go and the new, more soulful sound, of the new album gets a harder edge when played live. They are infectious and bombastic as they rip through tracks like ‘Heart Attack’, ‘Who Are You Now’, ‘Over You’, ‘Lie To My Face’, ‘Fear’ and the stellar ‘Got To Get To Know You’ from Power alongside tracks from Get Gone including the mighty ‘Chandelier’.

The weather may have turned in the UK with temperatures heading south on the thermometer but Seratones bring sun and humidity from their home town of Shreveport, Louisiana. It’s hard to not be hypnotised by the voice and stage charisma of AJ Haynes but this is a band at the height of their power as players and performers with AJ in delightful communion with Travis Stewart on guitar, Adam Davis on bass, Tyran Coker on keyboards and Jesse Gabriel on drums. With two albums and three years’ touring under their belt they have matured into a formidable live band with telepathic communication that allows them to appear effortless but not lose the crackle of electric enthusiasm that seems to drive them. I think it’s a crying shame that they have not yet found the same popularity in the UK that they have in the rest of Europe and the USA so get streaming and next time they make it to the UK come and see why it’s no coincidence that Seratones, the band, is inextricably linked to the rush of serotonin you get from watching them live.

Review and photography by Paul F Cook

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