Angelspit w/Support @ The Cockpit, Leeds

Angelspit, Uberbyte & Zeitgeist Zero
Room 3 – The Cockpit, Leeds
13th September 2012

After missing Angelspit on their UK tour last year, I wasn’t going to let myself miss them again this year. Embarrassingly, the only band I knew on the bill was Angelspit, so I was in for a treat when Uberbyte and Zeitgeist Zero supported Angelspit in Room 3 of The Cockpit.

Zeitgesit Zero began the night with the sound of air raid sirens echoing through the small room, which was soon followed by a performance full of a heavy, futuristic synth-orientated sound and hypnotic beats. The driving use of dirty basslines added a lot to the band’s sound. I found the vocals to have an interesting sound, as they flowed back and forth over the ever growing crowd. Sadly, I didn’t see Zeitgesit Zero’s full set since I was interviewing Zoog during in the latter part of their set. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to catch a full set of theirs in the future.

By the time I’d finished my aforementioned interview, Uberbyte were already dominating the stage with a mix of aggressive beats and almost-techno-like synth workings while the frontman Uberman whipped the crowd into frenzy. Jump Into Hell was certainly a stand-out track during in their set with its loud, overwhelming basslines and catchy vocal medleys, which got the crowd jumping along like crazed rabbits. It was hard to not be taken in by Uberman’s charismatic attitude on the stage, especially during in the performance of We Like The Bass and an apparently dubstep-influenced song that I never caught the name of.

And the headliners of the night, Angelspit took to the stage. With the crowd all hyped from the brilliant support acts, Angelspit blasted into a raw, violent set that almost tore the venue apart. Featuring tracks that span their whole career, Angelspit performed each song beautifully – yet sadistically – well. Tracks like Wolf and 100% sounded far more raw and distorted compared to the studio versions, though this was no issue at all as it added to the unique sound of the songs while some of the other fan favourites like Kill Kitty and Wreak Havoc were more like their studio versions but still belted out an overwhelming aggressive sound that went down well with the crowd. Hopefully the next time Angelspit play Leeds, they’ll be on a bigger stage.

Nico Davidson

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