Camden Town has a reputation as a hotbed of musical talent. Chris McCormack started Camden Rocks in 2009 which saw The Libertines Pete Doherty and Carl Barat headline, alongside then up and coming talents Nine Black Alps, Young Guns, The Paddingtons, Black Spiders and Sonic Boom Six.
21 Octayne is an interesting proposition on paper. Featuring what could be best described as an all-star ‘supporting cast’ line-up who’s collective CV includes stints with the Joe Perry Project, Paul Gilbert, Axxis and Rhapsody, they’re not so much a super-group as a ‘worked-with-the-super-in-a-group’. Into The Open then, is their debut album, and a fine one it is too. In a nutshell, it is hard-driving, straight ahead hard rock with a metal edge. It’s as if Steve Vai has teamed up with the Winery Dogs at an audition for Audioslave.
Evoking images of a youthful Joe Elliot complete with Def Leppard’s multi layered vocal harmonies there is a sense that former vocalist with Voodoo Six, Henry Rundell, has joined a band far far more suited to his voice than that of his former colleagues