According to the tickets/info, doors were at 1930. No-one appeared to have bothered to told the bands, as we eventually were let in at five to nine. When the tickets have cost £14.50 each, in my mind that is taking the piss. First band were on sharpish, unsurprisingly – although I think most people in there wish they hadn’t have bothered. They were called De Model, and appeared to me to be a stylist’s idea of what an “electro-punk-rock” band should look like. Pretty-ish female lead singer flicking her hair and throwing rock-star shapes: check. Heavily tattooed/head shaven with undercut industrial guitarist: check. Keyboardist who desperately wants to be Trent Reznor: check. All style, and no substance whatsoever. All the tracks seemed to blend into each other, and were deathly boring. Avoid.
First band on were The Mirimar Disaster, a local band fronted by well-known local metal DJ Stocky. A good crowd for a still small band, and they benefitted strongly from the powerful sound set-up. A disparate mix of metal stylings, but very much at the avant garde end of things – we counted something like 15 time changes in the first track – they somehow manage to keep it all together. The band are musically very strong, with an ultra-tight rhythm section underpinning the whole thing, some tracks lumber along before exploding into chugging riffs that knock you back on your heels.