It was a little weird to watch New York City’s band, Eve To Adam, perform in this tiny room at the Roxy, I mean their anthemic arena hard rock couldn’t hardly fit in the room, and I was so close to the small stage that I could have seen singer Taki Sassaris’s vocal chords. I didn’t even know there was such a tiny room upstairs and it sounded like one of the most intimate stadium-rock show I had ever seen.
The five of them rock out the place on Tuesday night with a set of eleven songs, digging in their previous albums, then sampling their new one ‘Locked & Loaded’ featuring song with incendiary titles like ‘Let’s Burn’, and ‘Crime Scene’ or ambitious ones like ‘Immortal’ and ‘Shut Out The World’. Their passionate-anthemic hard rock reminded me a little bit about the Foo Fighters, with intense driven-guitars arena-numbers and even more emotional screaming. They thanked several times the crowd to have come out on a Tuesday night, asking if they weren’t too loud. Too loud? Oh no, they weren’t that loud, they were just tearing apart my eardrums, that’s it, but it was my fault, I hadn’t put any earplugs on!
Whereas the veins of his neck were ready to burst at any moment, frontman Taki Sassaris, whose powerful singing was all about intensity, muscular screams, gritty howls, and grandiose theatrical gestures, gave us the kind of kick-ass, testosterone-sweating-pores performance that you’d expect to see during a WWF show or in a gladiator combat movie. When he removed his jacket revealing his tattoos – and proudly showing us his NYC one along his torso – this was even more real, he was a warrior screaming his lungs out at the top of a mountain before the assaults of the guitars.
Amazingly, Eve to Adam has been around since 2001, they has toured extensively, hitting major festivals and the Jagermeister Presents Tour featuring Halestorm and In This Moment, a swell as Creed, Hinder, and Saving Abel’s national tours,… but looking at this performance and their stage presence, there’s no reason they wouldn’t become headliners soon. Taki Sassaris introduced a song as the title track of their last album, and the last one, ‘Straitjacket Supermodel’, as the single, but I didn’t really think that one of them was standing out of the others, since they all this same anthemic quality. There was nevertheless a sort of change of pace and a very brief moment of ear-rest during ‘Shut Out the world’, which was much calmer than the others; however, that blonde young woman, who was attracting everyone’s sight because of her head-banging-badass-dancing since the beginning of the show, hardly took a rest… May be they should hire her for their next video, although she may hesitate if she watches her bloody-sexy-Dexter-turned-female one for ‘Straightjacket Supermodel’. Ooooh so dangerous! I am surprised it’s still on YouTube, but seriously, I’m sure they aren’t anything close to that in real life, I briefly met drummer Alex Sassaris, Taki’s brother, after the show and he sounded like the nicest guy around.
Beside the burning urgency of their hard rocking hymns, they did a muscular cover of Billy Idol’s ‘Rebel Yell’ (‘an oldie but goodie’) at mid-set, and did totally justice to the 30-year-old song… Did I also mention they were quite good looking? hey, don’t hate me for this but I was first row!
Run Your Mouth
Locked & Loaded
Rebel Yell (Billy Idol cover)
Shut Out The World
With the Truth
“I still hit the ball, I just can’t run the bases!!!”
contenders for the best punk rock around
A three hours of hard rock, metal not metal, swift, loud, egoless pure metal
worse than I remembered it being
a contender for the next Michael Jackson
the indie gorgeousness of mood and quiet desperation
smooth jazz and horns
Taylor was no longer my secret