|Gallows/33/Bastions - Swansea, Sin City - 10th July 2011|
|Written by Dom Daley|
|Tuesday, 19 July 2011 05:30|
Tonight was never going to be a gig for the feint-hearted and, since the announcement that Frank Carter was heading for pastures new, it seemed like it was the only place to be on a rather pleasant Sunday night in Wales.
It is 2011 and with no bus services into the city centre after 4.15 on a Sunday you realise how fuckin' grey Britain can be at times. Anyway I digress, after shelling out for a taxi I finally arrive to catch the crushing crescendo of Bastions' set; fuckin' great start, 30 seconds of very loud noise - Not! Up next were something of a local South Wales collective, gathering parts from other bands from all across the South of this often bleak country to force feed the rabid Sin City audience their brand of no frills, in your face UK hardcore for the next 20 minutes or so. Taking prisoners was not an option, certainly the pre match goal for 33 was to get up on the stage and pound the audience into submission. I can't advise you on the best song because I couldn't make out a word before, during or after each pounding stab of hardcore, a bit hit or miss musically but they were in the zone and seemed like they had a right ball up on stage and performed like their lives depended on it and, in a flash of chaos, they were gone. Short and sweet.
An amusing moment was when Carter went into a rant about some spotty oik who was having a pop at him on Twitter and then pulled out the offender onto the stage, gave him heaps about "looking like the cunt off Family Guy who's eyes are too close together", to much hilarity both on stage and off - it was a quality moment and one that showed how bands like Gallows are needed and an essential part of our musical fabric in a world where fakers get column inches and gobble up the media oxygen. Gallows kept it real and dished up a set of genuine passion and for that alone I salute them whatever the future may hold because, tonight, they most certainly rocked.