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Hollywood Undead, live in London

Live Review

Venue: Brixton O2 Academy, London

Support: Icon For Hire

Clad in spray-on jeans, shredded gloves and something that looked for all the world like a bedsheet, Ariel Bloomer is a pint-sized powerhouse as she screeches and raps her way through Icon For Hire’s [5] set.

Cynics And Critics is a fully-charged opener, but exposes their schtick straight away – this is a band whose lyrics hang on the regularly recycled clichés of messed-up teens, disillusionment with the world and a general feeling of being pissed off with 'The Man'. Bloomer rips off her bedsheet mid-set and makes up for their hackneyed poetry with her impressive speed-rapping skills, which are put to good use on an unexpected cover of Macklemore’s Can’t Hold Us. Closing track Rock And Roll Thugs is the tale of Bloomer’s parents burying her rock CDs in the backyard, only for her to dig them up again, but instead of defiant rebellion, it elicits little more than a cringe.

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