|Fluff Fest 16|
I went to Fluff Fest, in the Czech Republic, with a bunch of my friends last weekend. For those who don't know, it's a festival that puts on loads of touring hardcore bands from around Europe and a few from the states/elsewhere each year. It also does real good vegan food for dirt cheap as well and this year had a weirdly cool seam of screamo bands running through it and loads of crazy grind/pv . I saw loads of bands. List is highlights and lowlights... The creamy middle has been omitted.
Natures Arms Encircle All
This was their last ever show and they were mindblowing. Very nearly shed actual tears.
Probably the most fun band of the weekend, at the end of their set the vocalist and guitarist along with a member of Ghostlimb all crowdsurfed on top of eachother while the bassist and drummer did the end of The Dream Left Behind (Jurassic Park breakdown)
A Thorn, A Blight
These guys used to be in We Came Out Like Tigers. Their sound is more straight up black metal now but they've kept the violin too which really worked well.
3rd time seeing these guys this year. They were great and the crowd was crazy!
Forced To Regress
Australian grind, I wasn't really familiar with them before but they had tons of energy and were super appreciative of their crowd
There seemed to be a lot of bands from Leeds playing powerviolence and grind this weekend, luckily they were all good. Famine were the best of the bunch though.
|7||The Black Heart Rebellion|
People, When You See the Smoke, Do Not Think It...
Kinda seemed weird for this band to be playing in broad daylight but it was pretty entrancing nonetheless.
Brought a good energy and I have been excited to see them for a while, the crowd didn't seem to be too in to it but they played almost everything I wanted to hear.
Super-fast grind. Their drummer must have wrists of steel. The crowd was going crazy the whole time!
I'm straight-edge myself, but damn- fuck this band.
This band is from London and seem to be only getting added attention because they're keen to point out that they're feminists at every opportunity, even though they agreed to share a stage with Earth Crisis. Yawnfest hypocrites.
Now I've seen Oathbreaker before and enjoyed them and I would generally say I'm a fan. But this time, they were really flat and boring and the vocals weren't cutting through the mix at all for a while. Probably a bit of an off day.
This band is the definition of mediocre european hardcore these days. They have a pretty massive fanbase on the mainland though so their set went off. Left me feeling cold though.
First Songs EP
These guys closed out the Sunday and were rubbish. They're all in Enoch Ardon, I think, who are actually good so this was a disappointment.
Still Waters Run Deep
I was really looking forward to these guys but they seemed swamped by the big stage they were on. Also, one of the vocalists sounded great while the other seemed to be really struggling. A bit of a let down.