Nottingham Old Angel

October 31 1999

Another no show from the support bands. Maybe they were out scaring people for Halloween instead. It's left to Assert to do the business, with Britt apologising from the start that we had to see just their ugly faces. Hey his words, don't hit me.

Assert are a band that look and sound like they play "old school hardcore punk." They don't need the label that so many bands have to give themselves, it's there purely in the music and the attitude. Sounding like a Lemmy fronted punk band, they draw heavily tonight on material from the new Left Opposition CD which I bought afterwards, with tracks such as Time To Seize, Falsification, ATV, Reds Wipe Out The Blue and more. The thing with the music is that despite their appearance "do I scare you" asked Britt at the start of the set. Well, to be honest, yeah, he does, but despite this fearsome appearance, there's hints of melody in the songs, the riffs aren't all the same and it's a lot more tuneful than many bands who act as their peers. "Who's a punker?" asks Britt, "who's into heavy hardcore? ... It's just heavy metal music" he counters. And in this instance you can actually tell the difference, unlike many hardcore bands who really are heavy metal with short hair. Personally it doesn't bother me either way. Some are good, some are bad, just don't get restricted by a label. There's some old stuff as well such as Mizerly in Rizzerly, and their best song A Collective Force. It's confrontational in a light hearted sense, plenty of joking and a self deprecating sense of humour. If they return, they'll make sure there are support bands. Hope there's a few more people there to witness them as well. Mind you, on the down side, there's no end of whinging about the sound going on. I thought it was punk? I mean, yeah, bands want to sound their best. But it happens all the time in venues, the band complains about the monitor sound. Ok, if you know it's going to be a problem, why not just play with no monitors, like Catharsis did the other night. Just feels a little bit lame sometimes y'know.