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Jools Green

negative approach

It's always a positive start if you arrive at a venue and there is a healthy sized queue waiting to get in so by the time the first band, London based hardcore punk trio, Blasted hit the stage at the Underworld in Camden there was a reasonable sized but sedate crowd gathered at the front of it.

They proceeded to pay an absolute blinder of a set, including songs from their newly recorded cassette, my only minor issue was that the sound was a little distorted, no fault of the band, who I thought achieved great things particularly considering this was only their fourth show since their formation earlier this summer and I think the audience, judging by their enlivened attitude, by the time the set was over, agreed also.

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Whatever the minor sound issue was, it had been dealt with by the time the second band, hardcore thrash quartet S.S.S., from Liverpool, hit the stage. They played an energetic set which absolutely blew me away.

Vocalist Foxy had an excellent stage presence and commanded both stage and audience with his witty retorts and banter.

Musically their performance was excellent, particularly the vocal delivery, as they performed a selection of songs from their three albums, including 'Damaged Goods', 'Power Down' and a track dedicated to a local skate shop called 'Ride The Best, Fuck The Rest' to an ever expanding and considerably more animated crowd.

The third support act, Punch, a female fronted, five piece American punk band, didn't make a massive impact on me. I felt the vocals let the performance down slightly, however they were very well received by the audience and successfully prepared the crown for the headlining act.

By the time veteran Detroit hardcore punks Negative Approach hit the stage the room was in full party mode, with stage diving and crowd surfing being an almost compulsory activity. They played a mixed set from across their broad history and when they reached 'Tied Down' and the short, sharp 'Lost Cause', the pit was an absolute frenzy also there were so many people now on the stage it was hard to tell who was in the band.

John Brannon was an imposing presence on the stage and an excellent vocal performance. Topping off this set was an excellent cover of Sham 69's 'Borstal Breakout'.

They may have been around the block a few times but clearly Negative Approach still have a lot to offer musically and are a huge inspiration to the new generation of punks.




Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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