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Code Orange, live in London

Live Review

Venue: Old Blue Last

Support: Soul Crusade, Every Stranger Looks Like You

Hype band or the next big thing? There's a lot of buzz around Code Orange at the minute so we went to check out their sold-out show at London's famed Old Blue Last. This is what we learned...

Nobody Cares About The Supports

Faced with a crowd that is sparse and deathly quiet, the support bands' performances don't really warrant any more enthusiasm than they're given. Both Soul Crusade and Every Stranger Looks Like You are your bog-standard rent-a-hardcore bands roped in for shows of this nature. The most memorable thing about the latter is the singer wearing that sick 'ain't nuthin' but a goth thing' Marilyn Manson t-shirt from back in the day. While the most memorable thing about the former is, well, nothing really. It's these sort of bands that can make the hardcore scene feel so stale at times.

This Show Is Genuinely Frightening

When it comes to Code Orange they're a world apart. There's a looming menace as the band take to the stage, which is in part down to the abrasive nature of the crowd. It takes very little time to boot off, as people swiftly start to tear each other limb from limb in what has to be one of the most violent displays this little room has seen all year. If you don't make a concerted effort to keep distance you could be digesting your own teeth in no time.

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