Live review: Cars on Fire at Liverpool 02 Academy

Posted on 16 February 2010
By Kate Hanratty
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Hopelessly devoted to rock, Kate from Purple Revolver spent her Valentines Day getting sweaty with Cars on Fire at Liverpool’s 02 Academy…

Loved-up couples line the walls of the venue and seem loathe to leave each other’s sides. But one band gets the young couples to tear themselves away from each other – if only for a short while.

Bristol’s Cars on Fire are hotly tipped for success in 2010 and are supporting pop rockers Fightstar on their UK tour.

Front-man Ali Ross’ tones are harsh. But like the band’s combination of heavy riffs and calm melodies, Ali is both a heavy-metal front-man and all around nice guy.

Mounting the stage, he announces: “It’s our guitarist Mikey’s birthday today. We’ve got some cake. You can all have a slice.

“But let’s throw Mikey a bit of a party first.”

Veering from heavy metal to punk rock pop, the Cars get the crowd beating their hands together during the melodies and moshing as the tone gets darker.

The Cars set the roof on fire ending with ‘Burn the Suits’ attacking the banality of a 9 till 5 existence, it’s their real stand out song – and the crowd give the Bristol quartet their best reception yet.

Ali dives into the jostling mosh-pit, and emerges unscathed.

Cars on Fire showcase their ability to pull off the perfect combination of rage and restraint, the best of both worlds for a cold Valentines eve.