The message, the mentality AND the sound of the truly independent music scene.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

All content moved to the morethansounds website. Go to http://www.morethansounds.net for a collection of sounds, photos, interviews and reviews of independent top quality music. Support the underground. Refuse apathy and greed.
George

Monday, June 19, 2006

the Steal, Chillerton, Attack!Vipers!, You Me and the Atom Bomb, Tim Holehouse live @ the Square, London, 19 May 2006

Moving way beyond meaningless sloganeering, a socially-aware punk community continues to think globally and act locally through its words, sounds and actions.

This time it was Daniel McGowan, the American environmental activist, whom the Last Hours team chose to support and raise funds for here in London.

Daniel, a long-time environmental and social rights campaigner, was arrested and brought before court last September on multiple counts of arson, property destruction and conspiracy. If convicted, he is facing a minimum of life in prison. Daniel has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Read more here.

The Last Hours team chose to stand in solidarity with the prosecuted activist and raise awareness regarding his case.

On its side it had Tim Holehouse, Chillerton, Attack!Vipers!, You Me and the Atom Bomb and the Steal. In other words the crem de la crem of the British punk South was there to support the cause with its sounds. So were around a hundred others who came to contribute their mite, socialize and dance the lively night away.

Tim from Among the Missing set the night off in a solo, seated and acoustic mode while, three bands and a couple of beers later, the Steal finished it off in a jumping and shouting collective 7 Seconds kind of way.

What started smoothly, finished electrifyingly and left none unsatisfied.

Chillerton (poppy punk not dissimilar to Hot Water Music), Attack!Vipers! (carefully measured hardcore fury at its finest) and You Me and the Atom Bomb (for fans of
Avail and the likes) all delivered ace shows.

Be on the lookout for benefit shows and support those who need it the most.

When they come knocking at your door, it will be too late for you to grumble. It is not too late though now that they are knocking at other people’s doors for you to protest on their behalf.

cheers

George Skafidas


































Useful links

Daniel McGowan
the Steal
Chillerton
Attack!Vipers!
You Me and the Atom Bomb
Tim Holehouse
Last Hours
the Square social centre

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Attack!Vipers, La Quiete live @ the Grosvenor, London 30 April 2006

You can always tell the winners from the starting gate just as you can always tell the quality bands from the opening chords, so they say.

If proof were needed to demonstrate this, then Attack!Vipers and La Quiete have delivered it on April 30 at the Grosvenor.

The mood for the evening was set as Attack!Vipers’ razor-sharp chords wafted into the hall. The highly energetic UK four-piece - which shares members with bands such as Ruin You! and Jets Vs Sharks - polished off some rant-ridden, vitriolic hardcore. Its sound, reminiscent of Transistor Transistor, Glass and Ashes and Planes Mistaken for Stars, is a Portsmouth-based pot where mostly US-bred melodic, ferocious and intense hardcore sounds are thrown into and mixed in the most catchy and creative UK way.

In a similar, yet noisier, vein La Quiete followed. Former members of Contrasto and Raein, the young Italians hit the British shores on a “screamo Italiano” sound wave and tore the Grosvenor apart surrounded by a hand-clapping and screaming cult following.

Photos providing testimony to the above follow.

Cheers

George Skafidas






Useful links

Attack!Vipers
La Quiete

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Annihilation Time, Crash the Pose, the Keep live @ Macbeth
London 29 April 2006


“For those about to rock, I salute you”

Annihilation Time spurn all but the most dirty, rumbling, smoking and fuming bad-ass rock n roll ever made. Hot off the heels of an amazing album on Manic Ride Records (vinyl version on Six Weeks Records) entitled “Annihilation Time II”, they are now touring Europe bound to wreck every pub, club and social centre they play at. Reckless, unrelenting rock n roll reminiscent of black flags waving in the breeze of a dead moon night as howlin wolfs celebrate Sabbath gatherings.

Excuse my shaken off-balance photos. They were taken while moshing with one fist in the air and the other hand holding bottles of beer and camera at the same time. Maybe they don’t clearly capture the show. They surely portray though the effects honest, mind blowing rock n roll has on a man trying to capture the show with his camera.

Hail

Before Annihilation Time, prominent UK bands such as the Keep and Crash the Pose stormed the stage of Macbeth. The underground UK scene is brimming over at the moment with excitement and creativity. Keep your eyes and ears open and visit this blog regularly. More reviews coming soon.

George







Useful links

Annihilation Time
the Keep
Crash the Pose
Manic Ride Records
Six Weeks Records

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

London Zine Symposium 2006 @ the Square
London, 22nd April 2006


Looking for creativity, genuineness, honesty and inspiration in a world of superficial gloss. Well look in the pages of independent publications and you might just find what you are in search of.

Taking place for the second year in a row, the London Zine Symposium is a “day of zines, Do-It-Yourself attitudes, creativity and fun”.

The aim is to bring together people who make, distribute, read, enjoy and appreciate fanzines.

Hundreds responded to the call and spent a wonderful Saturday at the Square Social Centre buying and trading stuff, tasting delicious vegan food and having literally “heated” debates while lying in the sun.

Ranging from open discussions on fanzine-related issues through to knitting and craftmaking workshops, the event was dedicated to all things fanzine, creative, Do- It-Yourself and independent.

The program included open discussions on zine related issues, screenings of zine and punk related films ($100 and a t-shirt, punk attitude), zine readings, zine production workshops, zine illustration and artwork exhibitions and a radical history walk around the area.

Now that the "ideology of freedom" has come "to mean the freedom to consume images rather than freedon to shape the reality behind the images" (Robin Anderson), some choose to be creators rather than mere consumers.

Join them next year in their annual celebration of independent culture and expression.

Photos and links follow

Cheers

George




























Useful links

Last Hours
London Zine Symposium
The Square Social Centre

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Bold, Down to Nothing, The Steal live @ the Garage, London 25/04/2006

Nearly 17 years after their demise, Bold reunite, wear the Xs on their hands and work on new songs. Following their discography CD-release on Revelation Records earlier in 2005, the New Yorkers are now touring Europe.

Waving the flag for the Youth Crew movement of the late eighties, the band has delivered songs flat out impossible to forget. Famed for their heartfelt, positive message and incorporating solos and melodic interludes to their hardcore punk, Bold have paved the way for thousands later to follow. 20 years on they sound a bit dated though, unable to inspire and excite the way they used to.

The 25th of April saw them at the Garage delivering their old-school hardcore punk in front of a young audience that wasn’t even born back in 1985.

The classic old tunes were there (running like thieves, wise up, nailed to the X etc.), Porcell and Matt were there as well as a couple of hundred other hardcore enthousiasts. Something was lacking though. Bold, young til they die seemed to do their best but that wasn’t enough to engage the audience in a whirlwind of flying bodies and raised fists.

Down to Nothing, the UK band that preceded them on stage, managed to pull this hardcore feeling off more successfully. The kids, going ape during their show, seem to relate way more to their hardcore intensity and message. Metallic hardcore to mosh and sing along to, tight, groovy and sincere.

The Steal came first that night to warm up the half-empty Garage. In the vein of bands like Paint it Black, this young and promising four-piece delivered fast-paced and hard-hitting hardcore loaded with hooks. Nice.

Photos and links follow as always.
Take care
See you @ the next show
George



Useful links

Bold
Down to Nothing
The Steal
Youth Crew























Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Rainydayfuckparade, Kamikazee, Battletorn, Men in Search of the Perfect Weapon live @ the Grosvenor, London 14/04/2006

Rainydayfuckparade: I missed them

Kamikazee: Tearing, shredding and distorted hardcore filled to the brim with weird, spastic transitions and insane riffing while slam-dancing singers spit their guts out. Interesting to say the least.

Battletorn: Do not let their metal looks deceive you. Their music bears no resemblance to the Metal Church t-shirts they sport. They flew into England all the way from Brooklyn NYC as a duet (guitar, drums) to deliver a series of 10-minute live shows across the island. The one in London failed to demonstrate the intensity and fury of their studio recordings. Fast and raw old-school hardcore. I have to give them credit for the kick-ass t-shirts and their honest attitude.

Men in Search of the Perfect Weapon: Slow, dark and heavy music. Long captivating compositions crawl out of swamps where Saint Vitus and early Isis intersect. Amazing performance backed up by a video projection and an amazing debut cd on Modusoperandi Records.

Photos follow for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to use them. I would appreciate it if you mentioned the source.

Cheers
George


























useful links

Rainydayfuckparade
Kamikazee
Battletorn
Men in Search of the Perfect Weapon
Modusoperandi Records
Parade of Spectres