PHOXJAW THE OLD BLUE LAST, LONDON
It’s rainy, windy and horrible on the streets of London this evening. But those who do venture out to (almost) fill The Old Blue Last are rewarded by an excellent set from Bristolians PhoXJaw, who manage to balance themselves precariously between wiry post-hardcore and straightup, hairy-bollocked, hard rock riffing.
The results are often great and, such as on tracks like Triceratops, can be genuinely brilliant. Ones to keep a beady eye on. After releasing one of the most interesting and unique debuts of 2018 in Black Wash, Pagan have a crowd hyped with anticipation for their first gig in London. The band couldn’t be happier either, with vocalist Nikki Brumen grinning from ear to ear as she tells the room how excited she is to be here, before jumping headfirst into the crowd and screaming her guts up. It’s this kind of use of dynamics that have made Pagan such a thrilling proposition, while songs like Blood Moon are full of blastbeats and metallic snarl, the disco stomp and Nikki’s Madonna full dance moves mean you never know what’s going to happen next. A strong first communion for Pagan’s cult.