Violent Soho at Transit Bar 26/07/08
I have been out of bed for about 3 hours (it’s 4pm), been awake, per se, for maybe 2 of those listening to Battles, One Day as a Lion, and Black Mountain (reviews of those last two sometime this week). The afternoon is full of plans involving bbq shapes, The Wire (that crazy dude in the bowtie is back), and Milo. Good times a’plenty!
Magic Hands are a few local uni kids I first saw at a house party in maybe Feb? They seem to be taking the place of Hancock Basement as the local support for any minor band likely to score a writeup in NME that does a date in Canberra. Now, they’re not bad, just slightly repetitive. The indie kids were out in force at the front of the stage though, so that can’t be bad.
Replace the scarfs, singlets, haircuts, and tambourines of Magic Hands to the leathers, Ramones tees, flannelette shirts (in a grunge way, rather than a flashback way), and loooooong fucking hair, and you get Violent Soho.
Holy shit. Indie music and off beat hats were literally blown out the fucking door once these guys started. Channeling grunge, punk rock, and ‘beat-my-head-against-the-wall-one-more-time‘ hardcore, hair was flying, beer was spilling and people were moshing ala 1992. Oh, it was fantastic. Even the indie kids, when faced with forcing their way out of the packed out Transit to go somewhere else in the freezing cold to dance, got right into it.
Towards the end of the set Nick from Cut Off Your Hands came up, and whilst I started wetting my man-panties in hopes of a duet/guest spot, he was gone just as quickly. Lead singer of Violent Soho then announced that COYH wouldn’t be playing due to illness. Bit of a downer… But hey, Violent Soho played a few extra, so not all bad.
The amount of people who lined up, and were still filing into Transit when I left 20mins after Violent Soho left must have been disappointed. Still, how were they to know? Hell, even my friend who watched Violent Soho kept telling me COYH would be even better than them. Meh.