Ok, the title is clearly bias but that doesn’t make it false. These guys have been consistent for the past 20 years musically and with their live shows. The greatest Hardcore band that doesn’t compromise, change to fit the scene or do what their peers do. They are their own animal, their own genre and with that attracts faithful and obsessive fans. Back in 2015 ETID (along with other bands such as Deftones) had to cancel their shows after the Paris terrorist attacks at an Eagles Of Death Metal show. It was a hugely anticipated 4 in a row stint in London at only small venues, but thankfully they rescheduled as soon as they could for mid 2016, it was the London Takeover and each night was a different set list and each night teased a track from their new album Low Teens yet to be released and supported by the incredible and chaotic Muck from Iceland. As you would expect, every show was hectic, sweaty, aggressive, fun and full of dedicated fans who knew all the words, who sang and growled along with Keith at every step. All the band members show their own personality throughout the show which you don’t often see in bands but each member is equally insane on stage and never stop moving. They are all happy to get into the crowd with their instruments and you can catch Jordan throwing his guitar in the air, jumping around, lying on his back or throwing up. Its the most fun you can have at a live venue as each member is as entertaining as the guy next to them and they encourage the crowd to get on stage with them and get involved making it more of a party than a gig.
They then returned to London in December playing the coolest venue I’ve ever been too called Brookyn Bowl. A huge Bowling Alley with a stage in the middle of it, located at the O2. All of the above chaos was present as usual with the added bonus of the band ’68 being the support. 2 guys making the biggest noise of Southern Blues mixed with Punk who have been likened to Nirvana and Pixies but much louder with lead singer Josh Scogin from Norma Jean & The Chariot. ETID + ’68 easily make this the gig of the year if not more with the best part being that now that ETID’s new album Low Teens has just been released and has been widely received across the board as one of their finest records. I have barely stopped listening to this album since I bought it, as I mentioned, they are consistent at making great music in their own way. As other hardcore bands become more commercial to get more popular, the Buffalo band are uncompromisingly continuing to push the boundaries and get heavier but without loosing the melody, the riffs, the groove and Keiths beautiful, dark, yet often hilarious lyrics that we crave each and every time, and they deliver with passion. Low Teens was an album born from tragedy and Keiths lyrics are more furious than before helping him cope with the horror he and his family faced a couple of years ago. Thankfully Keith and family came through the ordeal and all is well with the world again. They have since released 5 singles from the album, the first being The Coin Has A Say which was filmed at the London Takeover shows, so I’m in there somewhere, watch it to experience a snippet of how relentless these guys are live. Like I said, the greatest show on earth.