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LIVE! – Subsource

April 26, 2010 by  

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LIVE! – Subsource

ARTIST: Subsource
VENUE, TOWN: 93 feet east, London
DATE: 24 April 2010

FIVE WORD REVIEW: A throbbing, genre melting riot!

MAIN REVIEW: Take a look at the Subsource website and it will instantly be apparent, by the extensive list of gigs, that these guys are a traditional hard working band. This however is pretty much where any sense of tradition ends. Other hallmarks of a conventional band are present, however these serve merely to deceive you into expecting the same old four piece punk we’ve all heard before.

Brick Lane is famed for it’s diversity, intense flavours and youthful cool. It is therefore a fitting location for tonight’s gig which promised all three in spades.

Opening number ‘Dark Is The New Light’ begins moodily, as the band intensely strum out each whirling, hypnotic note. Rousing drums and a building sense of anticipation start spiralling upwards before lead singer and (double) bassist Stu pounces out of the crowd, and launch into the vocal.

Instantly you can hear the distorted leads traditionally found in punk but they are riding on top of rhythmic swaggers more familiar to Dubstep and Breakbeat. This combination manages to capture the best of both worlds, creating a surprising blend of war cry and dance floor.

From here on in the tempo and ferocity rises continuously, reminding me of sweaty mosh pit gigs of my youth. There is something in Stu’s voice, the thudding bass and the social awareness in the music akin to Pop Will Eat Itself (Auslander in particular) on steroids. By now the band has confidently got the audience on their side, helped along by both Stu and guitarist Paul joining them in the crowd. Taking a room from cold is always a difficult task, especially when you are playing to a mixed audience. Only a few songs in however and people are going for it.

Mid set and ‘The Ides’ with its polished, bright vocal shows that the band also have more accessible music in their repertoire. However it is not long before we are back to the gritty bass and punching rhythms that have held the set together all the way through. A cover of ‘Feel Good Hit Of The Summer’ and the last two tracks (‘You Know The Sound’ and ‘What’s My Signal’) bring the show to a crashing end.

Judging by the response of the now bouncing crowd, Subsource achieved their goal. It’s all over so fast it almost feels like an audio mugging, a sonic ‘roughing up’. For a band that had recently changed their line up, and testing it out for the first time, you might wonder how their live performance will be as they get even more confident in their own presence. There will be plenty of opportunities to do just that with a busy festival schedule this summer which covers the whole length of the country.

LINKS: Official Website // MySpace

– James Trew



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