ANTI-SYSTEM / CUTTIN' EDGE / SANCTION THIS - Audio, Glasgow 16.02.19
PHOTO CREDITS: PLAN9NINE PHOTGRAPHY
Some self-professed anarchists live in sun-kissed Malibu California; a geographic region that could not be further away in distance and spirit from the streets and hardships of not so sunny Glasgow. Thatcher’s Britain had a tight grip on Scotland and there are still reminders of abandoned steel mills and coal mines visible to anyone who cares to look for them. Those of us of a certain age will remember vividly the tensions of the times. While cocktails are served on the veranda in Malibu, the ‘Anarcho-Punks’ assemble in Audio, Glasgow, a small but vibrant music venue that is in the heart of Glasgow’s busy city centre and is a must play-hub for new and exciting bands as well as established acts.
The issues Britain faced over 40 years ago are still relevant today. Although the head may look different, the monster is the same. The rich get richer and poor and under privileged get poorer. Working class people are sliding back towards the breadline and we, as a nation, face uncertainty in the face of Brexit. One thing that is certain is that there are an army of loyal fighters who do not use guns or bombs. They use their guitars, drums and vocals to fight to save their ideology and promote their brand of public service announcements.
ANTI-SYSTEM are here to play and they have brought some friends! This event is more like a one day festival rather than a simple gig. This stellar cast list for today’s entertainment is refreshing and exciting. One band who is doing good things in music right now are local Glasgow boys CUTTIN’ EDGE. This four-piece have the power and the technical playing ability to transcend the stereotypical 4-chord punk rock. Their power and drive reminds me of Motorhead.
From Blyth near the shores of ‘Geordie-Land’ come SANCTION THIS; a Three-piece hardcore powerhouse of raw anger and energy. Their songs are both catchy and melodic while keeping their roots firmlyin the Anarcho genre. They are a fitting band to serve as the last on the bill before ANTI-SYSTEM.
The time had come and ANTI-SYSTEM walked on stage and all hell broke loose! This band are exceptional entertainers who get lost in the music and give 100%. The raw energy from 1982 is clearly alive and well in 2019. ANTI-SYSTEM are true professional musicians who carry their cultural and economic beliefs close to their hearts which they wear on their sleeves.
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