The small room above the Students union of Southampton Solent University was bursting with energy for one night and on night only, a birthday bash was underway to celebrate the first birthday of local band D.E.A.D! The 5 piece emotional rockers may have only been together for a short time and therefore need to mature and develop into their sound, but they are already showing promise of greater things to come.

The biggest thrill of the show was seeing just how much energy and passion was thrown into making their performance explosive. It was entertaining to watch as each one of the members took it in turns to throw themselves about the small stage, climbing up the amps in momentary lapses of chaos - they were really going for it.

Between the Emo guitar solos, the lyrics about teenaged romances and afflictions of youth intertwined the passionate signing from front man Alex Mountford. The bands appeal screams to the teenage market. Song 'Everything, Everything' is catchy and tells the tale of teenaged romance gone astray. The haunting harmonies work well together. They inject sentiment and pain into the already emotionally overflowing songs.

Like a raw diamond, the band needs refinement to reach their full potential. The talent and ideas are already there, the song structures are interesting and they know how to put on a good performance, but there is something not quite finished about D.E.A.D!

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