||STATES OF PANIC
The Borderline, London
17th July 2014
DJ Angel: Photos by Dutch Michaels
The intro kicks in and States Of Panic are hitting the stage so cue the mayhem and stomping tunes that are about to ensue.
These boys have worked so hard to build up a great loyal fan base and have come a very long way from when I saw their first London shows as Peepshow.
'One Of Us' has that heavy edged guitar sound with a very catchy rhythm which is totally gearing the crowd up for a great set. The band certainly have a high energy and this is why they have managed to get to play such events as Download, Les-Fest, and won the Marshall Amps competition.
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'Battle Cry' has a very keyboards based electro intro with a great transition into some nice guitar work by Rusty Gill. On the album, this has a slow kind of pace which picks up. The chorus has that kind of lyric that just makes you want to join in and scream it out; this works well in a live show.
Johnny Gunn, as always, has a great banter with the crowd; he has a flare for getting everybody involved at every show that I have attended.
'Violate' has that heavy sound, chugging guitars and sees the rhythm section of Hex and Mick come into their own. The pulsing heaviness of this track live has the crowd lapping up the atmosphere.
I have to say that Sates Of Panic are very tight tonight and have totally mastered their stage delivery and presence. By the time 'Gun To My Head' is played, the crowd is dancing and swaying. Being the first song from their album 'World Order' it's a well known tune.
Activity on stage is good and for a song that has the industrial tinged sound, bouncy lyrics and very much a party song live.
Did States Of Panic nail it tonight mixed in with hard rock, glam rock? Absolutely and definitely a band you should go and see live. Top notch guys and tunes to raise the battle cry.