The 10 bands to watch at Groezrock
We’re roughly a week away from Europe’s biggest punk and hardcore festival. With the addition of a new stage, a guide to which bands you must check out might be reasonable, so here we go:
This Belgian trio managed to blow me away two times this year. They play a mix of shoegaze, punk, post rock and whatever else that’s loud and interesting. Their live set can be quite hypnotic and they have a sound all of their own. One of the few newer bands that I’m always excited about to go and see.
The Loved Ones
The return of Dave Hause and co. I still think The Loved Ones are way better than Hause ever did solo. Songs like ‘The Bridge’ and ‘100k’ have become punkrock classic by now. The Loved Ones haven’t played Europe in years so this one is going to be special.
From powerviolence to Joy Division. Well there was always a hint of Manchester gloom surrounding Ceremony but on their soon to be released record the also go for the sound of Ian Curtis and co. Just how the new songs will mix with their backcatalogue still beats me. Groezrock is the place to find that out.
The first European show since singer Derek has had his hip replacement. With a new record coming up on Epitaph and a band in full force this will be probably go down as one of those legendary Groezrock performances.
A large part of Groezrock is about nostalgia. And well what’s more nostalgic than seeing the heroes of our time again. One of Swedish best a band once able to draw as much kids as Lagwagon to a venue in Den Bosch and build one big party of stagedives and pogoes.
Their last appearance at Groezrock. Let’s make it special.
Though the band went through some turmoil in recent years, the current Against Me! is one of the best live acts out there today. This is one woman rock show you don’t want to miss.
Talking about shows. These Belgians always know how to make a crowd go wild. A crazy frontman and some trashy riffs go a long way. Since Iron Reagan is playing as well one might for a double dip of trash.
Today’s hope for hardcore. If there’s one band that can make it ‘big’ it’s Turnstile. It’s gonna be a non-stop feeling.
This one goes without explaing. WE ARE.
So that wrap-up the ten bands to see at Groezrock but one might also go and check As Friends Rust, Good Riddance, Social Distortion, Make Do And Mend, Refused, Angel Dust, Cold World and OFF!Back to specials overview
Rold. I think you forgot about Off With Their Heads…
first thing I thought also 😉
Nice article Rold. I agree with your choices, except perhaps Against me and Refused.
I’m skipping Groezrock this year; can’t take days off at work and I think the line-up is not that crazy compared to last year when we had Descendents/Punk in Drublic NOFX/Touche Amore/Paint it black/Screeching weasel/touche amore etc…(for my bad tastes :)).
I’m expecting Bane to be the kind of band to do numerous reunions; I don’t think this’ll be the last Belgian show ever.
I would probably add:
– Trash talk
– Title fight even though they also play in Eindhoven
– Off and AD
really looking forward to Refused, hope they play some new stuff they are working on right now, I like to know where it is heading.
plus I would really like to see Off With Their Heads (never seen them) plus the Bosstones (haven’t seen them since the 1st Lowlands festival). other acts I’m going for are Raised Fist (always great) and Comeback Kid (always fun). plus I never saw As Friends Rust, hoping that will be great too!