Live Review: Halestorm - The Roxy, Los Angeles
Fri, 07 Aug 2009 10:26:45
There's nothing more invigorating or inspiring than watching a band on the rise that has it.
It is the inexplicable quality that all legends possess. It's swagger, sex appeal, soul and, of course, songs. It's that ability to make a crowd go absolutely crazy. It's a raised middle finger to convention and an unapologetic, uncompromising passion for art. Halestorm has it, and on stage at The Roxy last night they made believers out of a packed L.A. crowd.
Supporting their self-titled Atlantic Records debut, the Pennsylvania quartet blazed through one infectiously incendiary anthem after another. Frontwoman Lzzy Hale slowly took the stage alone.
Immediately, she started singing the words, "I'm in love with somebody." She slid seductively across the stage, belting out the words with a powerful vocal prowess. She ended the song standing at a mic center stage and slowly saying, "I'm in love with somebody, and it's not you!" Her band mates flanked her, and they flawlessly fired off, "It's Not You." Lzzy commanded the attention of everyone in the room as she ripped riffs and carried impenetrable hooks. "What Were You Expecting?" kept the intensity going, as Lzzy's brother, drummer Arejay Hale, channeled Tommy Lee and Shannon Larkin with each sweeping and bombastic hit. He complemented his sister's undeniable cool with a controlled chaos that'd make Keith Moon proud.
Guitarist Joe Hottinger pulled off each one of his leads with panache. He and Lzzy volleyed licks back and forth without missing a beat. Halestorm can also slow it down. "Bet U Wish Me Had Me Back" saw Lzzy's serpentine movements give way to an chorus that screams "Crossover hit."
She prefaced "Familiar Taste of Poison" with a smile saying, "You guys are some dirty sexy people in L.A. I'd liked call each and every one of you absolutely disgusting! I hope you know I mean that in the most loving way possible."
Laughs abounded, and the band began the hypnotic song. Josh Smith's bass rumble sounded ominous, as Lzzy drew the crowd closer with her croon.
The band capped everything off with their single, "I Get Off." As audience members chanted along, it was clear that everyone had witnessed something very special on stage.
Halestorm will be taking it into arenas everywhere shortly.