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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.


George Skafidas

Useful links

Daniel McGowan
the Steal
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.


George Skafidas

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La Quiete