As you can probably tell from our review, we think the Evile boys are onto something big with their third album Five Serpent’s Teeth. Most bands end their tour in London – knowing they’ll be more rehearsed for a show with potentially more people, but not Evile. They decided they’d be kicking things off in the capital.
Funeral For a Friend are one of those British bands that as mid-to-late 20-somethings, we’ve seen regularly over the past decade. What’s one more time? An absolute pleasure. That’s what. Well, seeing as they were playing a low-key date at London’s Highbury Garage
You know the question on everyone’s lips a few weeks ago? “How many Thrash Hits writers does it take to review a gig?” Yeah, that’s right. Everyone was asking it. You know why? It was because there were four (4) (FOUR) of us at the Black Spiders headline show in London. We love them. That’s why we gave their album, Sons Of The North5/6.
Yes, this is an interview with Rob Caggiano Joe Trohman, guitarist of The Damned Things, not Rob Caggiano Joe Trohman, [erstwhile] guitarist of Anthrax Fall Out Boy. This is his other new band. The band about which there is not very much information yet apart from the fact he made the band with Anthrax buddy buddies, Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, along with Joe Trohman and his bandmate Andy Hurley from Fall Out Boy, and Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die. Here’s a crap interview we did with Rob Joe [via email, via 2 other people, hence the awesome strikethrough-related cock up].
It’d be all too easy to make a joke that this year’s Kerrang! Relentless Energy Tour is headlined by All Time Low. But then we got thinking: maybe the band picked that name as a pre-emptive defence mechanism? That way, if anyone mouthing off on the internet made a joke about them being rubbish, they could just laugh it off as people taking a cheap and easy shot.
Well, fuck that. Writing the above paragraph has been an All Time Low for me here at Thrash Hits. Oh, ho, ho. Stop me, my sides are splitting.
Clearly those cheeky scamps, Gallows are back in the country because we’re writing something about them. This time, their long-term sponsors and supporters, Relentless have made some sort of documentary about the band and it does look rather splendid.
Rip Curl Boardmasters festival is Europe’s biggest surf and skate and music festival and its hitting Newquay on 4-10 August 2008, this year in association with Relentless energy drink and Vans, who are giving some swag away.
You can watch the world’s best surfers and skateboarders and stuff during the day and then go watch wicked bands like The Ghost Of A Thousand, Johnny Truant and Gallows in the evening. And bands like Kids In Glass Houses and Pigeon Detectives too. There’s something for everyone.
You’ve got to remember that because there will be loads of surfers, there will be a load of buffed, tanned bodies floating around so it’s probably the sexiest festival in the UK. It beats the tens of thousands of fat, hairy dudes that descend upon Donington every June for Download Festival.
Vans is going to offer one lucky winner a pair of VIP tickets to the Rip Curl Boardmasters festival as well as a Vans hoodie, a Vans t-shirt and a pair of Vans shoes. Not too bad.
There is a picture of a hoodie, a t-shirt and a pair of shoes above but the ones on offer are actually different ones. That’s just a pretty badly Photoshopped picture
To enter this competition to win a pair of VIP tickets to the Rip Curl Boardmasters festival and a Vans hoodie, a Vans t-shirt and a pair of Vans shoes, just enter the competition by answering the following question.
Where does the festival favourite VW campervan originate?
Email your answer with your name, address and a contact telephone number to email@example.com with “Van” as the subject. The closing date for general entries is 10am Monday, 4 August 2008. The winner will be notified by telephone or email.
When Gallows announced a hastily-organised free gig in East London on one of the hottest days of the year, we made sure we were there. Raziq Rauf reports on the UK punks while Charley Staniforth gets the photos.
After February’s Relentless energy drink-sponsored Educational Crusade UK tour, we all thought that would be the end of Gallows’ partnership with the fizzy ultra-pop but there’s always time for another one.
With temperatures reaching 30°C outside, you can imagine what it’s like inside the relatively unventilated railway arches space. It’s lucky there are high ceilings and enough free Relentless to get absolutely wired.
Indeed, several people are heard muttering about the drink being reclassified as a Class B drug. That’s a joke. It’s quite a pertinent joke as it goes because if you’re watching Gallows, you just don’t need any extra stimulants.
They simply are one of, if not the most invigorating and refreshing young British bands to have emerged since the turn of the century. This show just proved it again.
Frank Carter has always loved hamming his banter up onstage while he’s not in his natural state of charging around the stage like a feral tomcat. But that’s what you pay your money for. You want the extraordinary and Frank is a frontman in the truest sense. He’s a star.
Watch the live video to ‘Abandon Ship’, filmed at The 100 Club, London by Gallows
Within 30 seconds of alarmingly atrocious sound coming from the PA, the Watford punks cut the music. They stop to berate and eject and over-handy security guard. They know who’s important and it’s definitely not the 15 stone of meathead pushing their fans and friends around.
The joy of Gallows is that they’re not limited to a one-man party trick. Whilst Frank’s lunging and clambering into and over the crowd, the rest of the band remain onstage, rocking out in the more traditional sense.
Guitarists Lags Barnard and Steph Carter rule the lip of the stage with calls to arms and guitar wizardry from behind their heads. It’s a schtick they’ve performed since the start but why change when you’re so damn good at it?
A question that everyone’s been asking is whether the new stuff is actually going to be any good. It is. The smattering of new tunes on show tonight showcased an intelligence and desire to create huge songs whilst retaining all the danger.
With the new album being recorded in September with a view to release in early 2009, it’s definitely going to be something to keep an ear out for. If you think you ‘get’ Gallows, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Gallows @ London Shoreditch Village Underground photo gallery