Rated 5 out of
punk gigs are more than gigs they are community gatherings.
I travelled from north east Lincolnshire down for this gig as part of a weekend in london. The first night i watched nofx at the o2 Brixton and the second night was this gig. With no dog in this fight and no affiliation I can honestly say the filaments was a far superior gig. I spent to much of the start of the gig admiring the venue, merch and beer, so couldn't give a full account of nasty b's or gun dog. So of course the first band I saw were the restarts a three piece outfit who made some excellent noise. That noise being a classic 80's hardcore style which they performed with the sneer and energy of a well miffed ferret. I am ashamed to admit this is the totally of my knowledge of this band but I do highly recommend them. They were followed by knuckledust again a hardcore band but this time what I personally would describe as nu-dub-hardcore, their set comprised of one of there 1996 eps an homage to a guest who had set the band in motion with their first out of UK shows. Their energy changed the room and set in motion a build up to something monumental. Knuckledust pitched them selves as a hard act to follow but luckily for those in attendance lions law was more than up for the challenge. True fans please forgive my ignorance but I believe them to be a French hardcore oi band. I wish my GCSE French was much better because the fire and spit in their front mans lyrics got me fired up to storm the bastille, especially their set closer which saw the filaments bassist (whose name escapes, sorry,) take point on vocals singing with venom in French and striking the spark for our headliners. The Filaments, well, a mate of mine introduced me to them around the what's next album era he's a Sheffield lad and has been an avid fan since album one. I've always enjoyed their music but cannot honestly say I paid that much attention, but when he said they had a new album coming out the day after our other gig and he replayed me b#!tard coppers and B.P.C I was excited to see them again. Well what had been building all night reached true fever pitch and when those horns blasted and those boys exploded on stage I'm pretty sure all of Camden bounced. The underworld became one as all bounced, pogoed, skanked and moshed band, attendees I'm sure even a few members of staff. It felt like the energy alone could power a small country. Between songs we were all reminded of the depth to this band with their political stance and wish to inform. Never preaching but always making sure you remember that what you are witnessing isn't just balls to the wall mind blowing true British punk, but also something with substance. Mind body and soul.
Date published: 2018-06-17