Live review and interview: Steve ‘n’ Seagulls

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In their interview with 11 is louder than 10 Steve ‘n’ Seagulls were at a loss to explain why their YouTube videos have proven so popular (with more than 28 million total views to date).

“I couldn’t say really” said bassist Pukki. “I’ve no idea to this day.”

Well, after seeing them perform live at Dingwalls in London shortly after, I can tell the band for why. Not only are they bristling with showmanship and stage presence, they’re also bloody talented musicians to boot, who give their absolute all on stage.

Humour alone – in the Seagulls case the Ninja Turtle trousers, the badger hats, the novelty factor of playing Pantera on accordion – is never enough and would have rendered their covers of classic and much-loved metal anthems a piss take at best.

However, if you can combine such frivolity with Queen-like vocal harmonies, executing Dimebag solos to perfection on a banjo (played by Herman, right) and strain ever Scandinavian sinew to give the best live performance money can buy then you deserve nothing but the crowd’s adoration, which Steve ‘n’ Seagulls duly received from the rowdy Camden crowd.

I still can’t quite get over their magical folksy-yet-hard-rocking reworking of Cemetery Gates, nor their ability to add something extra to The Trooper – a song that by all accounts is unimprovable.

Superb performance, superb sound – absolutely Finn-tastic. It’s an 11 out of 10 from me!

11 is louder than 10 verdict

11 – Sonic boom
10 – Planet rock
9 – Headbanging
8 – Turn it up
7 – Rocking
6 – Foot tapping
5 – Worth a listen
4 – Background music
3 – Turn it down
2 – Earache
1 – Turn it off
0 – Ear bleeding

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