This past Thursday I headed out to Philly’s small club The Barbary to catch a grindcore/powerviolence show. The place had a decent amount of people in it for a random winter Thursday night, and while I unfortunately missed some of the openers (especially Boroughs, from what I’ve heard of them, they’re fucking sick), I was able to catch the final three.
Local Philly grind/powerviolence dudes, these guys reminded me a lot of a more midtempo and sludgy Spazz. The band seemed to missing a member but in true punk don’t give a fuck fashion powered through anyway. Immediately, the singer jumped down into the crowd and did the entire performance from the floor, giving it a much more house show vibe, and he was definitely all over the place for people who weren’t fans of the music, at least giving them a hell of a show.
Check them out if you like your powerviolence with a little more sludge.
Holy shit, these guys completely blew me away. The band took the stage and started blasting into some melodic punk reminding me a bit of a heavier Lifetime which obviously had me stoked, an Offspring cover, and then switched guitars and started playing some heavy as fuck rock infused hardcore (with occasional hints of D-Beat) which also had me stoked. They tore through their set and threw in the heaviest cover of a NOFX I have ever heard (Stranger Than Fishin’)… Do yourselves a favor and go to their bandcamp and download their album.
If one thing could be said about Fantasy Panther, it’s that they definitely know how to put on a good show. Formed from the ashes of carinval punks An Albatross, the three piece came out in their trademarked “blood”, and immediately blasted into their “what the fuck just happened” grind set. Vocalist EBG was nothing short of a madman climbing all over the fucking place while all while jumpkicking, growling, and shrieking the often political messages of the songs.
Music for fucking adrenaline junkies, if you dig shit like Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Swallowing Shit, go see these dudes live. Shows seem to be a bit of a rarity, so see them when you get a chance, and definitely check out their album.