Anti Flag @ Sound Control
Sensational Punk Rock band, Anti-Flag recently played a show at the Sound Control in Manchester. Formed in Pittsburgh in 1988 by Pat Thetic and Justin Sane, their opiniated lyrics, and fast paced music are still making a strong impact on people today, judging from the atmosphere in the air. They have had nine albums to date, most recently American Spring wich was release on the 26th of May this year.
The night was kickstarted by The Homeless Gospel Choir, a captivating musician, with bucketloads of stage precence, announcing between every song that ''this is a protest song'', for one man and a Semi-Acoustic Guitar, he is one of the most captivating first opening acts I have seen live in a good while, if not ever. Playing songs such as With God On Our Side and Musical Preferance and even having the audience in stitches at certain points, and conversing with concert goers after his show at the merchandise stand, he's both a great guy and a great performer.
Following up was Trophy Eyes, a pop punk band from Newcastle, Australia. Their bouncy sound was well fitting with the crowd, with little audience interaction they still managed to hype the crowd up for the night to come, playing songs such as My Name On Paper the band has a sound that will appeal to many.
The Penultimate band was Red City Radio, from Oklahoma and formed in 2007 displayed they're recognisable lyrics and energetic music, and playing songs such as their popular Two Notes Shy of an Octave their sound was well received by the growing audience, myself particularity impressed, I got really into this. A band that have gone, and will continue to go far.
Finally, the nights headline Anti-Flag, opening with Turncoat the room instantly went crazy. From start to finish the lyrics were screamed straight back at the band and the pits were exceedingly energetic, so much so that the crowd were commanded to instigate a circle pit by Chris Barker. After churning out a plethora of amazing songs, the night was closed by Chris Barker on top of Pat Thetic Kit in the centre of the crowd rendering Die For Your Government.
A great show, by a great band who are still going strong.
Images & Words: Cai Dixon