“Haest sound like they’ll drink all your cider and shit in your bathtub.” FFO: Amebix, Axegrinder, Discharge
Review by Ollie Stygall.
Let me ask you a question. What is punk rock?
Is it the aggressive take on hard rock first put forward by bands such as The Sex Pistols and The Damned? Is it the metallic rush of bands such as Discharge and The Exploited? Is it the hyperspeed grind of hardcore bands such as Ripcord or Heresy? Is it the melodic, pop-tinged sounds of The Offspring? Is it the off-kilter, angular, dub-infused sounds of Fugazi? The answer is, it’s all of this… and more.
Haest from Hastings (see what they did there?) is punk but don’t easily fit into a convenient punk-rock pigeon hole. To my grizzled, ancient ears they sound like the modern day bedfellows of 80’s crust bands such as Amebix and Axegrinder as they throw a touch of sludge into their grimy grind. Continue reading “Review: Haest – EP #2”
South Coast hardcore punk act Haest burst onto the scene with their new video!
Shout Louder are proud to bring you the first single from new Hastings’ hardcore act Haest. The band have burst onto the scene with their first release: EP#1, which is available on Bandcamp for pay-what-you-want.
“I Didn’t Throw A Single Stone And I Still Got Pissed On is basically about lying politicians and the media,” explained vocalist, Dave Cullern. “Tricking people into being stupid or making stupid choices, like Brexit, Trump or being racist…. and the damage that does to the world.”
Or, as guitarist, Dan Flanagan, put it: “It’s about a cunt called Amber Rudd.”
Either way, pop this on your stereo, sit back and watch Haest blow up.
Like what you hear? Read our recent interview with the band here. Continue reading “Exclusive: Haest Premiere Video For ‘I Didn’t Throw A Single Stone And I Still Got Pissed On’”
We spoke to Dan and Mark from new Hastings sludgy-hardcore act Haest about their latest musical project.
Interview by Sarah Williams.
You might have heard the name Haest cropping lately. If you haven’t yet, we guarantee you will soon.
Haest are the latest in South Coast hardcore; hailing from Hastings they’re a vertiable DIY supergroup, feturing members of Matilda’s Scoundrels, The Barracks, Wizard Fight and The Dead Anyways. Seeking a new, heavier musical outlet, these four guys recently banded together to create something fresh. The result is EP #1, which showcases their gritty, sludgy take on hardcore.
We spoke to Dan Flangan (guitar) and Mark Tanner (bass) about their latest endeavour.
For a new band, there’s a lot of buzz about Haest at the moment! What first prompted you to start making music together?
- Mark: Dan could’ve started the idea off before, but I’m pretty sure I got involved after a few drunken conversations with Dan about a side project for a bit of fun playing some heavier stuff.
- Dan F: Matilda’s Scoundrels had 10 weeks off at the beginning of the year without a show and I had a bunch of riffs I’d written that weren’t really Scoundrels material. So Mark and I spoke about it then got Dan K onboard.
How would you describe your sound to someone?
- Dan F: I’m not really sure how to describe it. It’s very mixed. Hardcore driven with sludge/metal elements?
- Mark: My favourite description I’ve heard is that we’re like a punk Black Sabbath mixed with early Black Flag. I guess we’re sludgy hardcore/punk. Slunk!
Continue reading “Haest: Hastings’ New Hardcore Supergroup [Interview]”
Exclusive news: riotous folk-punks Bootscraper return from the dead!
Shout Louder are pleased to announce that raucous aggro-folks Bootscraper are returning to the stage for two wild and exclusive shows!
Bootscraper are a 6-piece aggro-folk whirlwind from Leeds, who stormed stages across the country between 2008 and 2014, releasing two albums on TNS Records plus a split with Revenge of the Psychotronic Man. They’re known for their skilled musicianship, talented songwriting and rollicking live performances, incorporating elements of blues, balkan, gypsy and bluegrass into a foundation of angry punk.
After vanishing in 2014, Bootscraper have been sorely missed. They’re part of the rare breed of irresistibly-danceable heavy aggro-folks like Matilda’s Scoundrels, Roughneck Riot and The Lagan,, which is the foundation for the two unmissable dates they’ve put together.
Bootscraper will be playing two exclusive club shows in early November, one in the North and one in the South. Tickets are available now and there is absolutely no question that both shows will sell out. Do not hang around.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Friday 2nd November @ The Old Town House in Warrington
- Support from Matilda’s Scoundrels
- Saturday 3rd November @ The Palace in Hastings
For both shows you have the no-brainer option to buy your ticket in a bundle with one of these delightful limited edition t-shirts for £15 all in. Let’s face it, you already know you need one of these.
We spoke to guitarist/vocalist Tim Loud to find out more about their return.
We played our last gig on 16th Nov 2014 at Leeds’ Pie Race festival following a number of years of playing gigs on the DIY circuit, two albums and a few tours under our belts.
What had started out as a very fun band which we formed at university had become less fun over the years due to increasing time constraints placed on the band by our personal lives. We’d lost a few members and it felt like the right time to call it a day for a while, we didn’t make a big thing about us stopping, we just stopped. Continue reading “Bootscraper: Beware The Resurrection Men”
Inner Terrestrials, Faintest Idea and Revenge announced as first bands for Wotsit Called Fest!
Regular readers will know that last year’s Wotsit Called Fest was one of our top 5 punk festivals of 2017. Well, to brighten this dreary January morning, Toxic Wotsit have announced the first bands for this year’s incarnation of the festival!
For the uninitiated among you, Wotsit Called is Hasting’s premier punk festival. This will be its third year and, following all the smashing feedback on their last shindig, it’s growing a hell of a lot in 2018.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Dates: September 28th – 30th 2017
- Venue: The Palace, Hastings
- The gigs will be starting earlier on Friday and Saturday so that more awesome bands can be crammed onto the line-up
- The promoters have also added a hangover-friendly acoustic line-up on the Sunday
Only three bands have been announced and it’s already looking incredible. Mighty ska-punk veterans Inner Terrestrials will be headlining the Saturday night, and they will be joined over the weekend by my personal faves Faintest Idea and fast-punk hooligans Revenge of The Psychotronic Man. I’ve caught Inner Terrestrials quite a few times in the past and they always turn out a lively show that’s guaranteed to get you skanking. I can only begin to imagine how great they’re going to be in a venue this small! Continue reading “Gig Alert: Wotsit Called Festival 2018”