LIVE REVIEW: Bob Vylan, Panic Shack @ Boiler Shop, Newcastle (16.11.23) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Given their spirited and intense performance, main warm up act Panic Shack prove to be a solid opening act tonight. Driven and committed they ease the crowd into the franticness of headliners Bob Vylan (as does the classic warm up routine from Vylan frontman Bob) with also a spirited political take on modern times. 

Bob Vylan blast straight into a combination of garage, grime, metal and hip-hop with an edge as intense as the Bad Brains meeting Public Enemy. Standing out with We Live Here and GDP, it’s perhaps the new song (possibly titled Hunger Games) which makes the loudest noise and offers some huge suggestion of the band’s next steps. 

Aside from the regular pauses for talking/preaching (which, it has to be said, does stall the momentum of the evening) the duo give as much as they can, as pounding drums meet some serious skanking. Anger is an energy.  

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