Thursday, November 4, 2010

SOME HEAR EXPLOSIONS @ The Roxy

Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions
Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions
photo by picksysticks



Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions


At one point in their set, Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions seemed to apologize before singing their next song, “Beep” for being one of their "ballad’ songs. But by the end of the night in front of a sold out crowd at The Roxy, it was obvious to everyone that there was no need for an apology.

Like Leigh’s ever changing hair styles, you never know what to expect from Some Hear Explosions. Last year, S.H.E. was making a name for themselves generating buzz around the LA music scene with their electrifying live shows on the Sunset Strip. Now, with the release of their highly anticipated debut album, It’s Our Time Now, they’re finally showing the rest of the country what the hype was all about.

With the attitude of Garbage and hypnotic melodies of Portishead, Some Hear Explosions do have a sound all their own. Overlap their music to any X-Games slo-mo montage and you get a sense of what Some Hear Explosions sounds like – a whole lot of danger mixed in with the euphoria of flying high. It's also how S.H.E. plays - adrenalin-fueled with no safety-net. The confines of the stage couldn't even keep lead singer Leigh from jumping into the crowd, nor the crowd from jumping onto the stage and dancing.

Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions
Some Hear Explosions performs at the Roxy.
photo by picksysticks
Ambre Leigh of Some Hear Explosions
Some Hear Explosions performs at the Roxy.
photo by picksysticks


In the short time that they've been together, Some Hear Explosions already play like seasoned veterans and it shows. In the hour set made up of Leigh (vocals), Bay Dariz (guitar/vocals), Alex Gallner (bass) and Joe Herrera (drums), SHE showcased Dariz's edgy guitars that cut like thorns on songs "Baby Won't You Kiss My Lips" and "Explode" while also showcasing Leigh's velvety vocals on ballads "Beep" and "Shotgun Romance." It’s this delicate transition from hard rock to beautiful ballads to electro/pop that makes Some Hear Explosions appeal to their fans. Their night ended with the first song Ambre and Bay wrote together, "It's Our Time Now," the fist-pumping , stadium-ready anthem that got the crowd into a frenzy and wanting more.

Some Hear Explosions perform "It's Our Time Now" at The Roxy
vid by 405east

Some Hear Explosions perform "Beep."
vid shot by 405east

Some Hear Explosions' homecoming show was their final show in what was their first U.S. Tour that took them cross country in over a month. It what was surely a grueling tour, S.H.E. actually looks forward to doing it again next year.

Setlist (Oct. 30 / Roxy): Explode, All Your Gravity, Give/Take, Shotgun Romance, Beep, Hell A, Baby Wont You (kiss my lips), Mysterons (Portishead cover), It's Our Time Now.
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