hmv.com reviews... Letlive @ Slam Dunk Festival
All day today (May 25th), hmv.com will be down at Slam Dunk Festival, bringing you reviews from the almighty collision of punk, pop-punk, hardcore, metal and emo. Next up it’s funky punks Letlive and their incendiary live show...
Letlive. Brilliant, brutal, soulful punks.
Slam Dunk Festival, in the South. Hatfield to be exact. Outside at the Monster Stage.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
So. Full. The crowd stretched a long way back and they were completely captivated by Letlive from the second they took the stage. It was a sea of flying limbs, circle pits and crowd surfing from the first guitar shrieks to the last crash of cymbals.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
In a word, intense. It lasted for just under an hour and exhausting to watch for all the right reasons. Letlive frontman Jason Butler is a total star, the kind of frontman you cannot take your eyes off. As well as flinging himself off the stage, climbing nearby trees and jumping in the crowd constantly, his borderline demonic stage persona is impossible to look away from. Powered by the band and their powerful mixture of classic Black Flag esque hardcore and the flair and funk of 70s soul, it’s a very heady brew.
The set was split evenly between tracks from their breakthrough record Fake History and last year’s stunning The Blackest Beautiful. In particular, ‘Banshee (Ghost Fame), ‘27 Club’ and ‘Casino Columbus’ were incredible, as well as an absolutely show stopping ‘Muther’.
Any good between song banter?
Banter is the wrong word, Butler’s chat between songs is just as intense as his lyrics, there were dedications to dead friends and lots of statements of the importance of life. Heavy stuff, but it suits the show.
Did they put on much of a show? Any fireworks?
A Letlive show is so frenzied and captivating it needs nothing else.
What was the set highlight?
‘Muther’, a tortured howl of a punk song, you cannot watch the band play this song and not feel like your guts are physically being wrenched within you. Incredible.
Where can I catch them next?
They’re back for Download Festival next month. Get down to see them.
Check back later in the week to read an interview with Letlive frontman Jason Butler.