Crashdiet, Bristol, UK, The Cooler, May 3rd 2011
It's only been four weeks since Crashdiet last toured the UK. Last time they were supporting hardcore superstar. Today they are headling with houston and miss behaviour supporting. Having a last minute venue change means that the stage is not yet set up when the doors open. The venue has a few people dotted around the place as Peter London, bassist of Crashdiet makes his way through the beginnings of a crowd to set up the final stage props; the smoke barrels. A local band is on stage at the same time but few people seem to take notice. Miss behaviour make a better effort to entertain the crowd and get a few people going but the night is still young and the venue has not yet filled up. It seems that seeing Houston is a must for many people as the late-comers arrive just in time to catch their set. However, their music style differs from Crashdiet and lacks that raw sleazy sound a 'diethead' might expect, especially since the guitarist has played in Jailbait. Jailbait for those who don't know, is the band Simon Cruz (singer of crashdiet) used be in.
Eventually comes Crashdiet's time to rock. An eerie but somehow beautiful musical version of 'Breakin the Chainz' is played and the crowd anticipate what is to follow. The band walk onto stage and smoke blasts out from the Barrels (Peter London must be feeling pretty chuffed at this point!) and they begin the show with the all time favourite 'breakin the chainz.' The band can barely move on the tiny stage yet manage to be energetic and lively on the spot. Everyone knows the lyrics and is jumping already-It didn't take long to get the crowd going. A few songs later and Simon gets his harmonica out; an extra element to the unique show crashdiet always puts on. The crowd is slowed for a moment as they calm down for a bit of 'beautiful pain,' the last track of the latest album. Lighters are swayed along to the melody and the crowd realises the show is almost over. But the band must make a finale and what better way to do it than ending with 'Generation Wild' the song from the album of the same name. Everyone 'raises their fist high' as the lyric says and use their last ounce of energy to sing along and have a good time.
Overall, crashdiet successed in getting the crowd to join in and have a good time and put on an even better show than last month. The fourth time I've seen them and so far, the best.
Last Updated (Friday, 22 July 2011 12:59)