Beartooth / '68 / Blood Youth
Venue: Electric Ballroom, London
Hardcore punk crew make a stunning stand
It’s a youthful and exuberant crowd in large numbers that greet BLOOD YOUTH  tonight.
And, even though their hardcore is fairly rudimentary, they match that energy to kick the gig off in fine style. ’68  don’t get quite so much immediate love, but by the end they leave as conquering heroes. The two-piece make a lot of oppressive noise, and for some of the more youthful audience members it just draws confused looks, but when they tap into the spirit of Nirvana and At The Drive-In (they cover the former’s Tourette's and throw in a snippet of the latter’s Invalid Litter Dept.) you can’t resist the white-hot, kinetic energy spewing from the stage.