Gig Review - Strung Out

Thursday 16th October @ The Croft

With Support From: The Remnants

Some groups like to take their time, Strung Out however go off like a cannon and don’t slow down until you can reach up and grab the sweat out of the air. It’s routine skate-punk, but to the scenesters in the audience this is punk straight off the bone and the tiny room is bouncing.

The venue is over-sold and the group are like a force of nature, so it feels like tectonic plates are shifting beneath us. By two thirds of the way through, a mass of bodies is surfing the crowd while the younger members of the audience are squeezed against the stage, each having one of those arms aloft moments we all have when we’re eighteen and still fresh to the sweat and excitement of a live gig at a tiny venue. By the end there’s the lingering feeling that you’ve just listened to the same tune over and over again for an hour but it hardly matters when band and audience can see the whites of each others eyes and there’s nowhere to hide for either. Everyone has to be at the top of their game and so the band feed off the energy from the audience and vice-versa.

The group are here on the first leg of their European tour, fifteen years since their first release, and with each new tour the band get conspicuously older and the audience conspicuously younger; the music never really changing. Some might say it’s about time they gave up their pics and sticks, but in truth, no-one does this brand of slightly over-earnest skate-punk and heavy metal like West coast America, because their bands really fucking mean it (unlike local support act, The Remnants, who are all eyeliner and tight jeans. It’s a thin line between Fat Wreck and The OC and these chumps definitely cross it!). Strung Out are still angry, still hungry and to A-level students at least, still absolutely vital!

www.strungout.com

James Davey

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3 Responses to “Gig Review - Strung Out”

  1. roopie Says:

    Quickpost this image to Myspace, Digg, Facebook, and others!

    Yes.. i see what you mean about the eyeliner and skintight jeans?

    If you don’t like a band the fair enough but don’t make up lies for the hell of it!

    You obviously didn’t even watch this band….

  2. roopie Says:

    Yes.. i see what you mean about the eyeliner and skintight jeans?

    If you don’t like a band the fair enough but don’t make up lies for the hell of it!

    You obviously didn’t even watch this band….

  3. Smithy Says:

    I agree with the writer, its all opinion, its all healthy debate

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