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Stray From The Path & Capsize at Underworld, London - live review

Live Review

Venue: Underworld, London

NY’s politically charged punks decimate Camden

It’s a sold-out crowd in the sweat-ridden Underworld tonight, and for good reason as tonight’s headliners have put out one of the year’s most biting, visceral attacks on society and politics. Main support bandCAPSIZE [5] are a much softer machine by comparison, bringing an A Day To Remember-esque bounce to the room that is really just waiting for STRAY FROM THE PATH [9] to appear. And what a knock-out punch they deliver. Bursting onto the stage like a fireball, the New York punks launch straight into The Opening Move as the ceiling starts to crawl with stagedivers. It’s absolute bedlam tonight, without a second’s respite in a 60-minute headline set that relies heavily on the latest two records. New drummer Craig Reynolds makes a real difference, battering his kit like it just spilled his pint, ramping up the carnage as his parents watch from the side. As frontman Drew York addresses the braying crowd, chants of “Fuck Donald Trump!” pop up in different corners of the venue… and then comes Goodnight Alt-Right. The blistering anti-fascist anthem almost destroys the building, sending bodies flying everywhere, screaming ‘Nazi punks fuck off!’ in unison. If you’re looking for a modern-day Dead Kennedys, then look no further; this is direct social commentary, played from the heart to a bloodthirsty crowd without a barrier. There are no walls here.

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