#EventSpeaks: ONE OK ROCK @ Roundhouse, London – 10/05/19

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On Friday 10th May 2019, the massive Japanese band ONE OK ROCK – arrived in London. It was only the second date on their EU leg, of the Eye Of The Storm World Tour and they performed at none other than London’s renowned Roundhouse. The band put on a night to remember, supported by British pop outfit, Anteros.


Anteros

The band took to the stage with their vibrant personas and glitzy 80s synths, further reinforced by lead singer, Laura Hayden’s sparkly red dress. This band are a wonderful blend of indie, pop and new wave – think Blondie meets modern-day contemporary pop; along a similar vein to Fickle Friends. There are certain punk-like trends to Hayden’s stage presence, with her almost “don’t-give-a-damn” flounces around the stage, equally met with gusto – it’s quite mesmerising. The music is good and their energy was captivating to watch.

Highlight: The high-energy end to the band’s set made for a chaotic last impression, certain to leave people wanting more.


ONE OK ROCK

The band have only played in the UK a couple of handfuls of times but it was clear from their loyal fan base, just how much their performances are looked forward too, with a queue that lined up all round the streets, prior to the show.

As ONE OK ROCK took to the stage, the crowd whipped themselves up into a frenzy as the Japanese band launched into their opening track, ‘Push Back’. This was a set that despite the relatively small stage in comparison, felt just like an arena show…complete with pyros!

The set was teeming with a few older hits, plus a whole bunch of songs from their latest record, Eye Of The Storm (<— review here) – all of which had the crowd singing at the top of their lungs! Their energy was truly infectious from start to finish.

I was particularly impressed by Taka’s live vocals – so often you can hear little flaws in a singer’s voice when they’re performing live, but the power and effort he put into his performance was virtually flawless…even if he did keep fiddling with his in-ear throughout the show.

The quartet know just how to put on a show though; from Taka’s ability to capture the crowd by holding a particular stance and Toru’s rocking out with his guitar to Ryota’s powerful bass moves and Tomoya’s face poking up over the drums, as he beats away at them effortlessly – this is a band that you need to see live. It’s clear that they have spent a long time practising and perfecting their set – there isn’t too much between-song banter, but instead just packing in the songs, to give the audience a great time.

It was my first time seeing the band live and I had an amazing time – it’s so often that the UK send great bands and artists over to Japan to perform but it’s great to see a Japanese band coming over to the UK for a change! I strongly recommend catching this band live, the next time they make a rare appearance in the UK – you won’t be sorry, I promise!

Highlights:

  • Taka’s effortless vocals and stage presence alone, made the show thrilling to watch.
  • Having not heard too much of the band’s back catalogue, it was great to hear a lot of tracks from their most recent album, Eye Of The Storm.
  • There was an instrumental break during which Taka left the rest of the band to rock out on stage, demonstrating just how talented these musicians are – it was nice to see him let some of the other’s in the band have some of the limelight for a while, particularly a little drum solo from Tomoya.
  • The sheer polished-precision with which the band delivered their set, showed just how much rehearsing must have gone in to perfecting their live shows.
  • The loyalty of the crowd, singing back every word of every song, showed just how far-reaching their fan-base is.
  • PYROS! Pyrotechnics just make a show even better! It was great because they weren’t overused, just boosted a couple of songs when you least expected it.

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 Setlist

Push Back
We Are
Taking Off
Unforgettable
Clock Strikes
Head High
Take What You Want
Stand Out Fit In*
(Instrumental)
Giants
I Was King
Change*
The Beginning
Jaded
Mighty Long Fall

Encore
Wasted Nights

These songs can be viewed in the YouTube playlist, below.


Finally, I want to say an absolutely HUGE thanks to Robbie Peacock for enabling this review to happen and to both ONE OK ROCK and Anteros for putting on a fantastic show.


Enjoyed this? Check out some of our other live reviews here:

Muzik Speaks Live Reviews


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#Top20AlbumsOf2015

Our Top 20 albums of 2015!


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Muzik Speaks – Top 20 Albums of 2015

This year has been filled with some incredible albums and these are the ones we think are well worth a listen…but who’s our Number 1? Do you agree with our choices? What other albums would you have included?

20. Ryn WeaverThe Fool
19. ZebraheadWalk The Plank
18. FightstarBehind The Devil’s Back
17. Chris BrownRoyalty
16. Jason DeruloEverything Is 4
15. Owl City Mobile Orchestra
14. Various ArtistsWe Love Disney
13. ChicaneThe Sum Of Its Parts
12. Kelly ClarksonPiece By Piece
11. Jess GlynneI Cry When I Laugh
10. Lucy SpragganWe Are
9. Fall Out BoyAmerican Beauty/American Psycho
8. Frankmusik For You
7. PridesThe Way Back Up
6. Tom DeLongeTo The Stars… Demos, Odds and Ends
5. PentatonixPentatonix
4. Ellie GouldingDelirium
3. One DirectionMade In The A.M.
2. Years & YearsCommunion
1. Justin BieberPurpose

The Albums

20. Ryn Weaver – The Fool

Stand-Out Tracks: OctaHate, Pierre, Stay Low, Sail On and The Fool

19. Zebrahead – Walk The Plank

Stand-Out Tracks: Worse Than This, Keep It To Myself, So What and Save Your Breath

18. Fightstar – Behind The Devil’s Back

Stand-Out Tracks: Murder All Over, Overdrive and Animal

17. Chris Brown – Royalty

Stand-Out Tracks: Back To Sleep, Fine By Me, Liquor, Zero, Anyway and Proof

16. Jason Derulo – Everything Is 4

Stand-Out Tracks: Want To Want Me, Get Ugly, Try Me and Love Me Down

15. Owl City – Mobile Orchestra

Stand-Out Tracks: Verge, Thunderstruck, Unbelievable and Can’t Live Without You

14. Various Artists – We Love Disney

Stand-Out Tracks: Friend Like Me (Ne-Yo), Part Of Your World (Jessie J), I Wan’na Be Like You (Fall Out Boy) and Let It Go (Rascal Flatts & Lucy Hale)

13. Chicane – The Sum Of Its Parts

Stand-Out Tracks: 38 Weeks, Oxygen, One Thousand Suns and No More I Sleep

12. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece

Stand-Out Tracks: Heartbeat Song, Invicible and Take You High

11. Jess Glynne – I Cry When I Laugh

Stand-Out Tracks: Hold My Hand, Real Love, Ain’t Got Far To Go, Take Me Home and Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

10. Lucy Spraggan – We Are

Stand-Out Tracks: 23, London Bound,  In This Church and IOU

9. Fall Out Boy – American Beauty/American Psycho

Stand-Out Tracks: Irresistible, Centuries, Uma Thurman, Favorite Record and Immortals

8. Frankmusik – For You

Stand-Out Tracks: I Remember, Love Again, Lexus, Cosmic Rendezvous and Say Goodbye

7. Prides – The Way Back Up

Stand-Out Tracks: I Should Know You Better, Messiah, Higher Love, Let It Go and Little Danger

6. Tom DeLonge – To The Stars

Stand-Out Tracks: New World, Suburban Kings, The Invisible Parade and Animals

5. Pentatonix – Pentatonix

Stand-Out Tracks: Na Na Na, Can’t Sleep Love, Sing, Ref and  Cheerleader

4. Ellie Goulding – Delirium

Stand-Out Tracks: Aftertaste, Something In The Way You Move, On My Mind, Around U and Codes

3. One Direction – Made In The A.M.

Stand-Out Tracks: Drag Me Down, Perfect, Never Enough and Olivia

2. Years & Years – Communion

Stand-Out Tracks: Shine, Take Shelter, Eyes Shut, King, Desire and  Without

1. Justin Bieber – Purpose

Stand-Out Tracks: I’ll Show You, What Do You Mean?, Sorry, Company, The Feeling and Where Are Ü Now

I hope you’ve enjoyed these albums this year too and if you’ve not heard them yet, give them a good listen 🙂

Enjoy,

Matt x
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#Playlist: May 2015

Hola Speakerz!

It’s time for another of our monthly playlists! As usual, we’re bringing you both a YouTube and Spotify playlist of all of this month’s featured songs!

Muzik Speaks has been alive and kicking for just 3 months now and it’s still growing fast! During this month, we’ve reached 100 followers on Twitter, and nearly have 100 Facebook likes. We also did our first interview with the awesome Ali Tabatabaee from Zebrahead – he and Ben, both from the band, were so amazing to work with!

This month’s playlist also brought you some excellent tracks from the likes of; Maroon 5, Britney Spears and Nelly Furtado as well as songs from independent acts, like Andy Jordan and Jack Peñate. We also brought you music from newcomers Life Of Dillon, Prides and Ryn Weaver and finally we threw-back of your Thursdays with Wheatus, Five (5ive), Alien Ant Farm and Will Smith.

We hope you enjoy this month’s songs, all taken from our posts throughout May 2015 – Our apologies if some of the tracks are missing from the Spotify playlist – some may not have been released yet and some may have been removed from Spotify by the artist/band.

Note: You can view the whole YouTube playlist by using the dropdown menu at the top corner of the video, or skip a song using the ‘next’ button.


OUR AIM

We’d like to ask you, to go ahead and ‘like’ our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/muzikspeaks) and ‘follow’ us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/muzik_speaks). Then if you could please post a status or send a tweet to your followers and friends to ask them to check us out, we’d be really grateful! We want to grow this community and we honestly can’t do it without your support!

Lastly, please please feel free to respond to our posts on Facebook or leave comments on each of our blog posts with your own tracks for each of the daily themes – we want to hear what you’re listening to because we love music as much as you, and we really enjoy finding out about new tunes. Thanks so much.


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