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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

Useful links

Down to Nothing
The Steal
Youth Crew


Blogger PDK said...

hi,man! I am really looking forward to seeing Fantomas' gig pics.

7:29 PM


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