The Godfathers of Hardcore, ‘Agnostic Front’ are in Glasgow to celebrate 35 years of Victim in Pain. This ground-breaking, genre defining band from New York City are playing in Audio, one of Glasgow’s most respected music venues.
Fans are getting there early to make sure they get a spot to watch the support act for tonight’s gig. ‘The Take’, hailing from New York City are a three-piece Punk/Oi/Hardcore band that have strapped on their Dr Martin boots, ready to stomp out the rhythm to their wickedly catchy songs.
As the band take to the stage, Frontman Scott Roberts, who some of you might know from Brooklyn band ‘Biohazard’, gives his guitar a tune up as I lifted my camera to get a few shots, just as he flipped me ‘The Bird’, followed with a wry smile.
A sense of humour goes a long way in this game! I was really looking forward to seeing this band play and within no time at all the guys had the venue rocking with their opening number ‘No Tolerance’ with the volume cranked right up to eleven.
The Take worked their way through their set playing some of their best songs including ‘Class War’, ‘People Like You’, ‘Revolution Now’ and ‘Kings of the World’. The Take put on a stellar performance and I’m sure Glasgow will give them a warm reception when they return.
The time had come for Agnostic Front to take to the stage. The lights blacked out as the band took to the stage, took their places behind their instruments. Vinne Stigma held his guitar aloft, strutting up and down the stage showboating for the fans, whipping the crowd into a frenzy.
As the first song kicked in, Roger Miret strode onto the stage and grabbed the mic and spat out his lyrics with tuneful aggression. The roof lifted as the crowd went nuts. Some fans managed to clamber onto the stage and moshed about before exiting via the front, swan diving into the arms of their fellow moshers! It’s such a treat for Glasgow to have such heavy weights Agnostic Front to come and perform for us.
Personal highlights were ‘Spray Paint the Walls’, ‘For My Family’ and ‘Gotta Go’ and of course the last song of the evening, The Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop. This band have so many great songs and they played all the songs you’d wish to hear them play.
This band don’t play fillers, they give the punters what they want, balls to the wall ‘Hardcore-Thrash’.
You won’t be surprised to learn that this was a sold-out show. Agnostic front are on tour and if you can you should go and check them out as it will be a night to remember! Agnostic Front only get better with the passage of time.
Their craft is well honed and their style and energy are something to behold.
Review & Photography by Steven Scouller