The hype around this band has gone stratospheric. But for once, for very good reason as they more than live up to it. I saw them support Dillinger Escape Plan on their final UK tour before they split up and Dillinger have a reputation for hand picking exceptional supports and not always in the genre you would expect. I did my research and was pleasantly surprised to hear the old school, hardcore punk mixed with HipHop and it working better than you would expect. A lot say they are similar to Death Grips and this is definitely a compliment but the comparison is only stated because its an unsaturated style of music and there are few successful bands that mix the two main styles together well. Ho99o9 are their own revolution and are taking the world by storm, taking no prisoners and they don’t care who they upset on the way, this is a good thing as they are causing waves and being heard, expressing whats wrong with the world and fighting against racism. They have come from a band you wouldn’t of heard of 6 months ago to being in every music magazine and all over social media, they are now unavoidable, you must pay attention. Most recently this week being hailed as one of the most brutal starts to Glastonbury Festival alongside Napalm Death. Their stage performance is already legendary being full of energy and crazy costumes (such as wedding dresses and gimp masks) and they know how to interact with the crowd and make every individual feel part of the show. It’s relentless and aggressive throughout. As a fan you feel empowered after seeing them live as they don’t conform to anything you expect they might be, especially as the genre of Hip Hop and Punk is typically butch yet theOGM often wears dresses and is occasionally flamboyant on stage followed by Eaddy storming over in Dr. Martens being very masculine and often diving into the crowd. Its a wild ride and one the audiences are excited to be part of. Buy their album, lets make these guys huge and listen to their new music video ‘War Is Hell‘.
The support tonight was from Nova Twins who explained they were fans of Ho99o9 and bumped into them in Paris and they all got on well, which made tonight possible. I always take a look at music videos before a gig of a band Im less familiar with, I was very impressed especially as they have a new video out for ‘Thelma and Louise‘ and was very keen to see these guys perform, they have the hip hop/punk theme but a lot less aggressive than Ho99o9, yet still with the same attitude. I have the impression that many people in the crowd were unfamiliar who the support were until half way through the first funky, groove filled riffs hit hard and with slick, catchy raps and choruses were blasted out which demanded the crowds attention immediately. Amy and Georgia commanded the stage with confidence and style (they design their own incredible clothing) making everyone dance, bounce and headband. A pit erupted as the songs got heavier with thumping base lines, the crowd were eating out of their hands and rightfully so. You have to see these guys live to appreciate the talent and the fun they bring to the stage.