You know how you are sometimes a little concerned about going to see a new band? Feel a little nervous at a new venue? Well, I have found the answer to that, get out and see as much as you can! I therefore had no such fears about going to see Collateral at The Black Heart, and I was justified in that, being pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoying the evening.
How to describe Collateral? Hmm, heavy but with a light touch? Yeah, that will do. Think Foo Fighters & Bon Jovi and you are on the right track. Having said that, this quote from the band in an interview with The Lowdown Magazine, pretty much sums things up: “It’s all about being yourself and not what other people want you to be.” In other words, go see the band and make your own mind up, putting them in categories can be misleading.
The thing I liked best is their combination of aggressive heavy rock numbers and power balls, which lead vocalist Angelo Tristan swapped between without missing a beat -literally! I had heard Collaterals EP Four Shots a number of times before attending the Black Heart, and I was impressed with how easy it is to get into, no need for multiple plays to catch on to the tunes. Their set was an interesting mix of songs from the EP, brand new material from the forthcoming album along with earlier material. (see setlist for details) It has to be said, the whole set worked very well, and the band, clearly playing to a number of their friends as well as the likes of yours truly, were obviously enjoying themselves. One thing I particularly noticed was the high proportion of really good songs, with no duffers at all. To be picky, I think Angelo needs a better line of patter, rather than just gushing about how excited they all were, but that will come, and I really am being picky! Collaterals new Single, Midnight Queen, is out now, and, amongst other gigs, they will be supporting top notch rockers, Bad Touch at The Red Lion, Gravesend Friday, April 26. Be there, I will!
A thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all.
Camden has so many great musical venues, and The Black Heart fits in perfectly. Pretty much my kind of venue, down a dark ally, black walls, floor & ceiling, virtually no lighting and packed full of appreciative fans. The only thing I would say against it, as a none smoker, was that vaping is allowed, which rather surprised me. No need for a smoke machine!
Angelo Tristan – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Todd Winger – Guitar
Jack Bentley Smith – Bass
Ben Atkinson – Drums
1- Calm Before The Storm
2- When Faith Breaks
3- You Were the Only One
4- *Going With The Wind
5- Coming Home
6- Move On
7- *Just Waiting For You
8- **Promise Land
9- **Merry Go Round
11- * + **Midnight Queen
*Denotes songs from “4 Shots! EP”
**Denotes songs from forthcoming debut album