Posted by Danielle Millea.
Reviewed on 19th December 2006.
Live at Joseph's Well on Friday, 15th December 2006
Another respected underground American punk band have popped into Leeds to take advantage of the Well's grand acoustics and atmosphere. This show sold out months ago, as it is a rare UK appearance for Propagandhi.
We start the evening with locals lads The Dauntless Elite, who although have a small crowd it is only early, and impress those present with melodic punk.
The Mingers have improved greatly since I last saw them a year ago. Also hailing from Leeds, these are full on punks with a female singer that can handle the overdrive guitars and make you listen.
The Leif Ericsson are no strangers to the Well, they play at most gigs here like the Out Of Spite summer festival and as support for various other large punk bands. They do deserve their own headlining show now and again, and have a huge crowd this evening.
Not as huge as for the highly anticipated Propagandhi. No joke you can hardly move or see a thing; that is throughout the room, not just at the front. The Canadian hardcore punks play their mix of melodic punk with dashs of 80's thrash metal perfectly, causing the room to become uncomfortably hot. Now a four piece with addition of guitarist David Guillas, the sound is much fuller. Bassist Todd Kowalski never stands still, prompting the crowd to crowd surf over the rare barriers in place at the Well. Singer Chris Hannah (or Glen Lambert, if you fell for the joke last year) does not talk as much of the bands strict views on animal rights, racism, capitalism and them being vegans, rather leaving it up to the music to speak (previous concerts have had a little too much talking, leading to the tongue in cheek album name of 'Less Talk More Rock', some of which is played tonight). Other songs include 'Fuck The Border' from 'Todays Empires, Tomorrows Ashes' and 'Fuck Religion' from 'How To Clean Everything'. The merchandise stand has videos of animal cruelty playing constantly, and there are plenty of leaflets to read. This band has a message, and a great way of getting it across doing something they enjoy.
As everyone left the sweaty venue the place looks like it's on fire with steam bellowing out of the doors, and the amusing sight of people with steam coming from their clothes tops off a fantastic show.
Punk band from Leeds, UK