Live Review: The Rasmus/Overlaps

The Rasmus/Overlaps

Nottingham Rock City – 30/10/2022

The legendary Rock City is already nearly full when Venetian’s Overlaps take to the stage. They have a bounce to their music that’s an instant hit, particularly with the die hards already firmly attached to the barrier for the duration. Italy has a habit of producing quality rather than quantity and we see this once again with some great guitar licks and flamboyant rhythms. It’s a nice upbeat take on rock that puts a smile on your face. And then there’s Gloria Piccinin on vocals who is the cherry on top of an already stylish cake. Coming across as a young Christina Scabbia must have done her voice cuts through like a gilt edged sabre. It’s an impressive performance throughout. A return to the UK can’t come soon enough.

The ebbs and flows of the music world can be fickle at best. It takes stamina to endure as well as creativity. The Rasmus do have ‘that’ song in their armoury but they have a whole lot more too or they’d have been forgotten years back. Their latest work rocks in a way only it can when you have Lauri Ylönen as a driving force on the mic. The singer/song writer has true legendary status and tonight he puts in a performance that is world class. The flying Fin that never seems to age has a permanent smile on his face as he leaps around the stage like a teenager. His band mates are no slouches either using every inch of the hallowed Rock City boards. Rejuvenated by their Eurovision outing ‘Jezebel’, a song passionately received tonight, you can’t help feeling The Rasmus would have been more than fine if they hadn’t entered. The fans here are from all age groups and they know the words to all of the songs. Their heroes on stage have achieved cult status, something that doesn’t happen too often. You can see why with the connection made the instant the quartet stepped on stage. To some The Rasmus might be in the shadows (sorry – not sorry), to their fans they will always be lighting the way. Tonight is a blast for all. Long may it continue.

Review and photos by Gary Trueman