Oi Polloi (UK) + Corrupt Moral Altar (UK) + 164 Speedpunk + MatraK AttaKK
» Oi Polloi (UK) (Punk)
The room is hot. Very hot. Flailing limbs are flying in joyous celebration. The booze is flowing and the feral howl of fierce punk rock is flying. This is as primal as it gets. The band are grindingly heavy, Motorhead meeting Crass on a drunken, good time night out that doesn’t hide from the real world. Like wild dogs ignoring the treacherous ditch of the vile and dying music biz Oi Polloi have rolled up their sleeves and taken their righteous message to the people.
The band have been agitating and provoking on the punk circuit for ever. Twenty years ago I reviewed them in Sounds music paper and said they were the ‘cough medicine getting forced down the throat of Thatcher’s Britain….’ I know this because their singer, who looks like a Braveheart Celtic warrior, bounded up to me in a Manchester street before the gig and told me.
For Margaret Thatcher now read Dave Cameron and sigh with frustration that we are still locked in the same scenario and that Oi Polloi’s agit pop lyrics married to napalm punk rock salvos still make sense after decades. If only they did sound dated! Or at least the lyrics sounded dated but they still make total sense in a system that is staggering around in the last days of capitalism. Bands like these with their idealism speak the truth and their DIY punk noise sounds even more vibrant and life affirming that it did when they started.
The band have been playing forever on an international circuit of grubby pubs, dingy squats with an old skool idealism and utopian ideals. In the 21st century many people would have you believe that this kind of thinking had died out and that everyone is happy to be a consuming monkey and that punk was content to be ddMTV polished but out there on the hinterland something is really stirring.
It’s a generally youthful audience that greets the band like legends after two great sets from the supporting John Player Specials and the Autamodads. The packed room is a frenzied throng of hippy punx, Crass punks, second wave beer monsters, weird sic fi looking gonzoid punks and sprightly youth who turn the front half of the room into fierce moshpit. All the years on the circuit have taught Oi Polloi a thing or two about entertaining and the banter flows easily in-between the fierce yet catchy songs. Musically there is an element of the singalong from Oi but it’s tempered with a witty intelligence to make the political points in a way that someone like the Subhumans also do.
The band are against all the isms and make sure the audience knows this. It feels good to be in a room where anybody feels anything and it’s also quite moving. The band are never hectoring though, their songs make a quick, sharp point and rush through a series of drunken singalongs that celebrate their anarchistic worldview point. Perhaps the perfect name for a punk band, Oi Polloi turn the venue into a sweaty celebration of the punk politic with great feral songs driven by a churning bass and with some basic yet imaginative guitar work.
Punk was only meant to last a couple of years but here is yet more proof of it’s lasting power. in 2011 punk is a folk form and these ancient institutions of band’s are the modern equivalent of the blues legends- people who have seen and done everything and yet still believe.
The tragedy is that outside this tight and really friendly community of punks band’s like this will never get their say. Too ribald and too alive for conventional alternative radio they will never get the play. Perhaps they are happy where they are. The punk community is a great community, accepting all kids of waifs and strays without question.
And that’s it’s power. People here really care and for once it really is just all about the music and all the other bullshit that goes with music is irrelevant. Oi Polloi at full throttle sound like one of the most vital band’s in the UK.
And that’s a victory."
» Corrupt Moral Altar (UK) (Grindcore)
Hailing from Liverpool, England, Corrupt Moral Altar is fucking the system since early 2012. Comprising former members of Malevolent Creation and current members of Napalm Death, Venomous Concept as well as Tom Dring, the production mind behind Dragged Into Sunlight and UK grind outfit Magpyes, CMA delivers systems overload on every channel. With charged riffs, vocals akin to gargling broken glass, slumped over slabs of bass heavy filth - every snare hit is another crack of the whip and CMA is set to self-destruct. The sold-out debut e.p. 'Luciferian Deathcult' surfaced as a limited press produced by Vagrant and released on Baitin' the Trap Records in Summer 2012 to a receptive welcome. It is the clutching hand of desperation and the sickness of alcohol-fuelled regret, saturated with fist-fucking hate, blow after punishing blow. "Imagine Napalm Death and Iron Monkey taking turns to smash you around the head with half-bricks." Corrupt Moral Altar provoke music that is taking only the heaviest, sickest bits of every genre that is already extreme in itself - cvltnation.
CMA is the grunting, snorting, PIG straight from the underground of the bludgeoning UK extreme scene.
Dring (Magpyes): Drums
Cooke (Napalm Death/Malevolent Creation/Venomous Concept): Guitars
Reese (Horsebastard): Vocals
Clarkson (Salem Rages): Bass
» 164 Speedpunk (Punk)
The band, formed in 2010, can count on lots of experience and power. Influenced by legends as Crass, Rancid, The Clash, The Damned and The
Dead Kennedys Fred and Craps form a solid twin on snares since the 1980’s. 8 Years ago Remi was enlisted and started to agonize the ears of thousands of listeners. The youngest member, Babba, joined the band in 2010. Together they are an experienced bunch
with an energy overload that brings oldschool punk to another level. A tight rhythm and speedy tempo makes their songs unique and powerful. In 2013 they produced their first full-CD (164dB). Two years later their second full-CD (Accept the Noise) was recorded.
164SpeedPunk was headliner on Pispotfestival and realized support-acts for The Vibrators (UK), Stiff Little Fingers (UK), Total Chaos (USA), Restarts (UK), Triple X (Columbia), Neophyte (F), Nazi Dogs (GER) , sham 69.ordures ioniques(can)...