L’ITCH | Bunker Live Sessions
Bunker Live Sessions is an initiative of OHK.
Camera operator: Tijl Van der Meulen, Thomas Van Troostenberghe
Audio mix: Chiaran Verheyden
00:00 Fetch, Boy!
17:50 Don’t Worry, It’s Not Recording
My first experience with Red was highly positive. After listening to it for the first time a few months ago, I am thrilled by the potential of L’itch and believe they have so much room for improvement. While that may sound subjective, Red convinced me with its depth and level of energy, rather than its sound design. Initially, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to listen to it at maximum volume on my headphones, but shortly after hearing the vocals, I knew that this journey would go somewhere unpredictable, which was enough to capture my full attention. While we often listen to music similar to this sound, I don’t remember many that possess such aggression and a progressive perspective, even though I believe Red wasn’t originally intended as a progressive rock song.
Musically, Red blends alternative, heavy, grunge, British, and progressive rock, mainly with early and traditional influences. The L’itch character I have pictured so far in my head is that of a rock band, yet still leaving ample space for the unknown. Their vocalist has the right character in his voice and the talent to sing to make this collective something special, even though I believe he has the potential to improve even further.
Lastly, L’itch is also quite destructive when it comes to capturing individual performances and maintaining dynamic live-performing energy in their music. Red is a monstrous song in this way, delivering shocks throughout the entire listen and calling out for the audience to see L’itch play live. They deserve all the appreciation for their raw energy, one of the significant characteristics of Red, and the reason why it is a fine job.
L’itch, performing live
On the other hand, I have to admit that I am not satisfied with the sound design. I question whether it possesses enough character and style. This thought came to me when I first started listening to the song after a long time. If it wasn’t for the verse part, I don’t think I would have continued listening to it until the end. However, the musical input did change my mind and convinced me to stay. While the sound production deserves credit for qualities such as the monstrous explosive energy level and live-sounding feeling, Red also sounded “not stylish enough” to me. The band has so much potential to offer, so I have no doubt that they will make a lot of impact in the future.
L’itch, performing live
When I put all these into account, I’d like to say that I had a great time listening to Red. Progressive British rock at its finest, Red showcases L’itch’s potential for greatness in both established Brit-rock sound character and fantastic live performing energy. Thanks for reading.