Review: Fearless Vampire Killers, The Cellars, Eastney

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After being nominated as Best British Newcomer for the Kerrang! Awards and headlining the Red Bull Stage at Download Festival last year, playing The Cellars at Eastney, must have seemed rather tame for alternative rock band, Fearless Vampire Killers.

That said, the show was sold out and although the venue may be small, the energy from the obviously dedicated fans was huge from the start.

As soon as FVK start playing, you can tell why they have done so well for themselves.

They stand out from the crowd with their creativity, especially boasting two leading vocalists, Laurence Beveridge and Kier Kemp, who take turns playing rhythm guitar.

Impressively, both vocalists are able to hold their own and appear to be equally popular among their adoring fans.

Having determined their set list by fans’ online voting, every song was well received and delivered with great enthusiasm.

A highlight for me had to be Drew Woolnough’s walking bass-line on Danger! which had an unusual ’70s disco sound.

Ending with a heavy cover of Club Tropicana by Wham was unexpected, but suggests that FVK are not likely to conform, and we have only just seen the beginning of original things to come.