The Purple Turtle, London
11th December 2013
Sometimes it's a positive thing when bands run behind schedule, as happens tonight at the Purtle. I manage to catch most of the set by Parasite, a London-based band who have been going for around eighteen months.
Very faithful to old school thrash bands such as Kreator, Nuclear Assault, Sacred Reich et al, this young band gallop through their set with great energy and I would recommend anyone into the aforementioned bands to go and check these guys out.
Tonight is the album launch of DogState's debut 'Let It Loose' (Cargo Records) which was released in mid-November and sold out within 48 hours (now back in stock!). Reviews of the album have been very positive and this hard rocking combo from King's Cross have already had some radioplay as well.
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Being mid-week and most rockers seemingly scared to go out when the temperature dips below ten degrees, attendance at this evening's gig leaves something to be desired. It's a shame, as DogState put on a hell of a show and the punters present clearly agree as it doesn't take long for people to move from the bar to the front of the stage.
The show kicks off with 'Tide', followed by the droney and bluesy 'Heartbreaker'. The band are on top form and the black haired singer, Rich Garcia, who has been blessed with the vocal tones of both Ian Astbury and Glenn Danzig, makes his mark as one of the best rock singers around currently.
The frenetic 'Gallows (Fall In Line)' makes me want to teleport myself to a summer festival populated by bikers and rockers; surely something that DogState will be doing in abundance in 2014.
Garcia dedicates the next track "to the stoners", and this is what 'Black 13' is; a groovy stoner rock track with a good singalong chorus. The music here is at times reminiscent of 'Sonic Temple' era Cult, albeit a bit harder, helped along by Wayne Casserly's powerful drumming.
Paul Garcia on bass totally complements the murky and sludgy guitar from Rich Groom. 'Colt' follows with its bouncy, groovy riff. The frontman does another dedication, this time to Johnny from Pig Iron. The band also give their thanks to Mick Wood for putting on a great night, including nice visuals provided by Soundsandvisions Channel.
All in all a tight, high energy show from DogState, and I don't think it will be long until this band will be touring Europe and even further afield. Go see them!
DogState are at the Scream Lounge, Croydon on 28th December and at the Boston Arms Music Room, London on 10th January.
'Let It Loose' is out now on Cargo Records.