hmv.com reviews… The Bronx @ Oslo, Hackney
American hardcore punks The Bronx tore up Hackney's Oslo venue earlier this week and we were there to review things, here goes...
Hardcore punk outfit The Bronx… who are from LA, not New York.
Oslo… which is in East London, not Norway.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Full, chocka, packed to the rafters. The capacity at Oslo is only about 200 though which is why they are able to do two nights in a row. We believe this is called a ‘residency’.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The Bronx have got four albums (all self-titled) and they are all great (though their debut remains a particularly firm favourite with the fans) and the set saw them play something from each. The band came onto the stage with singer Matt Caughthran beaming from ear to ear and visibly buzzing – ‘Alright motherfuckers, we’re The Bronx from LA, let’s see some chaos!’. His enthusiasm was infectious and didn’t let up for the entire set and he led the crowd-surfing by example from the first song ('Knifeman' from their second album).
There was no way that he was going to allow this to be anything other than a riotous high-energy party and we’d have wanted nothing less from a Bronx gig as their music demands as such. We were also treated to 'Shitty Future', 'I Got Chills', 'White Tar' and 'They Will Kill Us All (Without Mercy)'. It wasn’t quite the heights of chaos and destruction that previous Bronx gigs have brought but it was relentless high-octane rock n roll that you’d have had to be a corpse to not be exhilarated by.
Any good between song banter?
At one point Caughthran paid lengthy tribute to how The Bronx consider London to be the horniest city in their collective experience. We were suitably flattered by this. This turned out to be an introduction to their only love song to date 'Around The Horn' (‘light as a feather, stiff as a board’).
Did they put on much of a show?
Just The Bronx, on a stage, and sometimes off the stage. High fives awarded to all crowd-surfers.
What was the highlight of the set?
The monumental kick-in to 'Heart Attack American' was even better live and hard to beat.
Where can I catch them next?
They’re playing UK festivals 2000 Trees and NASS this week so be quick!