On Saturday night, I headed to a bike shop called Wolf Cycles out in West Philly for a local punk/grind show. Upon entering, I immediately fell in love with the place. Bare bones, upstairs show in a room no bigger than a living room, I got there right in the middle of ASD’s set, and missed Boroughs again (who I’ve been meaning to see, because their Demo which you can stream on their bandcamp is fucking sick.)
I missed about half of their set because I was running late, but from the bit I caught, these dudes were sick. New Jersey’s ASD (or Another Social Disease) played a solid set of hardcore songs with some hints of crossover thrash, reminding me a bit of bands such as Verbal Abuse. They have their EP up for free download at their bandcamp, go check that shit.
I can’t pronounce the name of this band to save my fucking life (even though they’re named after the alien race in Predator*), but Nashville’s Yautja played heavy and sludgy as fuck hardcore blended with a touch of grind and powerviolence thrown in for good measure. I’m usually not big into sludge, but these guys were really damn solid and changed it up enough to keep an ADD “I need constant stimulation” dude like myself really into it. Definitely go check their live show, and they have their latest album up streaming.
A handful of people left as soon as Yautja finished up their set, their loss… they missed out on a damn good set put on by Philly’s own Fantasy Panther. I’ve seen these local grind/powerviolence guys a few times, and this set was easily my favorite. Like anal on a first date, it just FELT RIGHT seeing them in a small west Philly bike shop. A pit quickly formed while frontman Eddie was jumpkicking, crawling into bass drums, and doing his usual antics to the blastbeats and lightning fast riffs for a short but sweet set. If you like heavy music at all, go check out Fantasy Panther, and if they ever play near you just do yourself a favor and go see them and check their album streaming on their bandcamp.
some new songs
Their LP in it’s entirety: