w/ Ignite / Broilers / The Gaslight Anthem / The Dillinger Escape Plan / Cro-Mags / Comeback Kid / Muff Potter
04.07.09 Schlachthof, WiesbadenI'm not really a festival type anymore, I dislike bad weather, overpriced drinks and camping. Vainstream was different: the weather was excellent and even if it had rained: the bands played indoors at the Schlachthof; drinks were cheap and you got one day tickets in case you didn't want to stay the whole two days which we didn't.
We arrived quite late so we only heard some of their songs from outside the venue and just got in to see the final moments of 100 Kilo. As I've seen them quite often now I didn't really care to have missd them.
Really good hardcore though not exactly my cup of tea but better than expected.
A NYC hardcore legend with quite an all-star line-up: John Joseph on vocals being the only original members, AJ Novello from Leeway on guitar and Craig Setari from Sick Of It All on bass.
But that was not enough to really impress me. As mentioned above, hardcore is not really my music. The fast songs were nice but the rest including a Leeway cover were boring.
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Crazy shit, the math core outfit was a spectacular of their own. The brawling vocals sounded annoying, the freaky mix of metal and hardcore rhythms seemed too complex to grasp them live but the pure energy and stage acting including acrobatic stunts like speaker climbing were great.
The Gaslight Anthem
They are everyone's darlings and deservedly so. "Bruce" Fallon is smiling all the time obviously enjoing their constantly growing popularity and the band still kicks ass and wins everyone over with their music. They played nearly the same set as opening for Social Distortion but included Wooderson to my delight.
A German punk band with ska and Oi influences, again not my cup of tea but they got a great response from the audience and were really good.
My judgment from last year's show in Essen still holds: the music is ok but I can't really stand the band live. Their movement on stage looks choreographed like a boy band's dance moves and the singer's announcements are embarassing. We left after only five songs so at least I couldn't get pissed off by Sunday Bloody Sunday.