Plastic Tears, Paradise Alley and Lovers Left Alive – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool 4th September 2022 by “Mad Ian” Spencer. A full photo gallery featuring all bands appears at the bottom of this blog.
Having seen Plastic Tears and Paradise Alley a week before at HRH Sleaze V in Sheffield I was looking forward to catching them on the last date of a short but very successful UK tour. Also added to the lineup for the last show was another Finnish band called Lovers Left Alive. And to make this even better it was at the very awesome Waterloo Music Bar in Blackpool, if you haven’t been there then do yourself a favour and check it out.
Lovers Left Alive
First up were Helsinki’s raw, punk glam rockers Lovers Left Alive a band I’d heard of via two EPs on Spotify and since seeing then they have released a new EP. Their raw, sweaty sound full of great Rock n Roll energy had me smiling straight from the off. The set list was made up of songs from all three EPs with vocals handled by both guitarists Star Marcs and Honky Tom Hyena. If raw, punky, sleazy music is your thing go give them a listen.
Up next was Paradise Alley featuring my good mate Steve Vincent, who set about bringing back fond memories of the late 80s early 90s music scene in Soho, London. Considering this was only their 5th show together, Paradise Alley played like they’d been together for years. Steve is the ultimate frontman and plays a mean harmonica too. The set list takes us back to their early albums as well as the very recently released Bad Timing & Silver Linings EP. Especially “Soho Daze” reminding us how it was back in the day.
Also featured in the set was the awesome “Class Of ‘92” which was written by Steve and Miqu (Plastic Tears) about their time in London 30 years ago. All the members of Plastic Tears joined Paradise Alley on stage for a sing-along! On a side note, Steve has also recently released his excellent debut solo CD Recovered From My Past. We got to hear “All I Wanna Do” from said album.
Last but certainly not least to take the stage at The Waterloo was Plastic Tears, hailing from Helsinki, Finland. Bringing back the days of classic rock mixed with punk and a good dose of 70s glam rock, they are a very well-oiled rock machine. I was lucky enough to see their debut UK show the weekend before on a very cramped floor space. Followed by opening the HRH Sleaze V festival where they had plenty of space to move around. Airing songs from their whole career, including the excellent “Russian Roulette“, “Iris Kick“, “Nuclear Nights” and “Dark Passenger“. This was a great set and I’m hoping they come back soon for some more shows.