Deconstruction 2005: Day 1

Deconstruction 2005: Day 1: live in Londonlive in London (2005)
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So Europe's yearly punk rock festival makes its way into England again for a two-day stop, the first of which is in the capital. About 10 bands squeezed into a 9-hour stretch within a venue that is probably the smallest to hold Deconstruction yet, the Charing Cross Astoria. The first two bands we.

So Europe's yearly punk rock festival makes its way into England again for a two-day stop, the first of which is in the capital. About 10 bands squeezed into a 9-hour stretch within a venue that is probably the smallest to hold Deconstruction yet, the Charing Cross Astoria.

The first two bands were both from England, Tribute To Nothing and Captain Everything! The former peddled pretty routine post-hardcore and looked nervous throughout, which is perfectly understandable, whereas the latter are an established live band and got the majority of the crowd going with their rapid-fire skate punk tunes and random stage banter, the highlight of which was "There's No I In Scene," a song about the glut of emerging bands that sound exactly the same.

Next up were Only Crime, who surprised me by playing so early, but their set was of a high standard, as you'd expect from a band full of veterans. Even though Russ Rankin wasn't particularly mobile on the stage, Bill Stevenson pounded the fuck out of his kit with gleeful abandon and really carried the performance. Obviously, with only one album under their belt they were limited as to what they could play, but despite some of the songs being a bit too Good Riddance-esque, it was enjoyable.

Smoke Or Fire, another recent Fat signing, were on next and the crowd thinned out considerably, which frustrated me a little bit as I believe this band have the potential to go a long way. Their brand of emotive punk (not emo though, not even close) may not be really original, but Above The City is a terrific album and the songs sounded brilliant in a live setting, especially "California's Burning" and "Culture As Given."

I didn't have particularly high expectations for From Autumn To Ashes because their sing-scream formula is not really my can of Special Brew, but they weren't as bad as I'd thought they'd be. The singer was a ball of energy, despite being a little on the heavy side and most of the crowd responded positively to them.

Strike Anywhere played this same festival last year and their set really had an impact; it was the performance of the day by some stretch. This year they weren't as incendiary, but still delivered a solid set, which leaned more towards Change Is A Sound, which is very much a good thing. They also played "Chorus Of One," which was much appreciated by yours truly.

The next band was Capdown, a relatively local band who were higher on the bill than I'd imagined. They play a brand of punk/hardcore with occasional saxophone interludes from front-man Jake. They played a rousing 30 minutes and got the crowd going with anthems like "Act Your Rage," "M4V" and set-closer "Ska Wars," five years old but still with an impact on a crowd. There were few stationary bodies in the building, a mixture of skanking and full on circle pitting taking place, and it was a pretty awesome sight.

The penultimate band of the night were Boysetsfire, who I found tedious despite all the praise that's been showered on them in the last few years. They never really seemed to get going, and while they had an army of fans going crazy for them, they never quite hit home like they should've. "Last Year's Nest" provoked the biggest reaction from the crowd, but they were lacking that something special tonight, which was a shame.

The headline slot was provided by Santa Barbara's finest ska band, the one and only Mad Caddies, who replaced No Use For A Name after they randomly cancelled a month or so beforehand. They were very impressive despite Sasha having a few problems with his guitar, and played all the songs guaranteed to get even weakened and battered bodies moving like crazy, including (the obvious) "Monkeys" and "Road Rash," as well as "Villains," "Just One More," "Leavin," "Contraband," "Mary Melody," "Macho Nachos," "Silence," "Drinking For 11," "The Gentleman," "Bridges," (a song they've never played in this part of the world before apparently) and that pirate song, amongst others which I can't recall at this time. They were a lot of fun, as always, and it was a pretty awesome ending to what turned out to be a fine day out, save for a few complete dickheads in the crowd and some overly pricey merchandise. Same time next year then...


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Anonymous (May 8, 2005)

russ' neck tattoos are heavy so he can't move around as much as he used to.

Anonymous (May 5, 2005)

Really? Shit, I thought they did play Culture As Given. I'm stupid.


Anonymous (May 5, 2005)

i was at groezrock festival which had most of the deconstruction bands plus lagwagon flogging molly 7 seconds rise against tsunmai bomb alex is on fire(they all ruled) and a few emocore bands that sucked like coheed and cambrai and from automn to ashes.

Anonymous (May 5, 2005)

Boysetsfire were the shittest band I saw on the whole night and I hate autumn to ashes so that's saying something.

Honestly I don't see why so many people like them.

Rest of the night was alright although unlike what it said on the review, Smoke or Fire didn't play culture was given. which was a shame

Anonymous (May 5, 2005)

smoke or fire is french for BOOOOORING!

bizzlebrizzle (May 4, 2005)

Every time I've seen GR, he's been very stationary. I still like them, but you get the feeling he's not doing it for the love.


Where have you seen them at though?

Sometimes if you see a band outside of their locallity they just aren't as good.

Also, he's getting up there in age isn't he?

Anonymous (May 4, 2005)

Every time I've seen GR, he's been very stationary. I still like them, but you get the feeling he's not doing it for the love.


Anonymous (May 4, 2005)

I didn't mean that Russ was standing still for the whole performance, just that unlike some of the other bands on the bill, he didn't really seem to be giving it his all.


dazed (May 4, 2005)

Both times I've seen Good Riddance I've had the opposite experience. Russ was really into it, stalking back and forth onstage and really screaming the songs.

Of course I haven't seen them live for 3 years and I still haven't seen Only Crime live so maybe something's changed.

BrandonSideleau (May 4, 2005)

maybe Russ needs to approach the live show as more of a physical event, maybe he should stretch more and workout.....because he's just a flat out bore to watch. The music is awesome, but his live show is dismal. That's the ONLY reason I don't go to GR or Only Crime shows, I'd rather just listen to the record than watch it being sung with such a lack of intensity.

Anonymous (May 4, 2005)

how did the mad caddies headline over boy sets fire?!?!?

Anonymous (May 4, 2005)

The next Boysetsfire full-length will absolutely destroy. I can just feel it.


Cos (May 3, 2005)

Russ Rankin hasn't had much onstage energy in years. His voice sounds good and all, but is usually painfully boring to watch. Maybe he should try his hand at the whole "sensitive dude with a guitar" thing..


Anonymous (May 3, 2005)

boy sets fire are one of the best bands of the last ten years, even if the last full length was missing something

XmeepX (May 3, 2005)

not melt banana....

Anonymous (May 3, 2005)

2002 was great, at finsbury park, with movielife, h2o, midtown, mighty mighty bosstones, and more, that year was fucking awesome even though lost prophets headlined.

Anonymous (May 3, 2005)

Why has Strike Anywhere lost all of its fire? Their performances now are so luke warm.

ghostmonkey (May 3, 2005)

i didnt go this year for two reasons -
1. It was held in the Astoria - they really need to find a decent home for this thing - one year its held at Three Mills Island, then the Wembley Arena cock-up, Finsbury Park was great, and then they lumped it in with the Download festival. C'mon, sort it out.
2. The line-up wasn't as strong as previous years - no real big name to carry it off either.

kenfuggit (May 3, 2005)

Yeah, whatever. Tonight:

Melt Banana
Breather Resist

Live at Mac's Bar in lansing. hold on to your nuts, cause they are about to get pummeled!

XmeepX (May 3, 2005)

smoke or fire, only crime. and the mad caddies are awesome, especially smoke or fire, were palying with them in august.

www.blacktiebombers.c om

Anonymous (May 3, 2005)

Capdown has a great live show. As for Boysetsfire... they haven't been right since the little "signing to and then bailing on Wind Up" incident.

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