You can’t go far wrong with a free gig, but put it in the upstairs of Shoreditch’s number one music pub, just after CUB’s issue 4 launch party, and you’ve got a guaranteed winner on your hands.
For their maiden voyage to the UK, the New York-based supergroup Get Involved! (made up of members from Glassjaw, Thursday and From Autumn To Ashes) descended upon The Old Blue Last to tear up the midweek blues with their thrashing tunes and abrasive attack on the senses. Supported by Love Zombies and the energetic and engaging ZOAX; whose mix of cacophonous raw energy with crowd interaction and audience exploration was both terrifying and thrilling, the upstairs area was soon filled with sweaty moshy bodies, ready for the main show.
Introducing themselves to the stage with a modest “this is our single, we made a video of it,” Get Involved! got stuck right into their storming, albeit slightly short, set. Far from the fumbles and mishaps associated with a first time, Get Involved!, on their debut UK show, gave the crowd some bite without a buck and quite literally (without any shred of a simile) had the ground shaking.
Packing a punch with a selection of tracks from their new EP, (silk cuts), Get Involved! showcased some of the most exciting and original, whilst reassuringly familiar riffs that have graced my eardrums for a while. And even amongst their pandemonium of perfected post-hardcore, they found the time to wish a heartfelt happy birthday to their merch girl, May.
Whilst it’s not known when they’ll next grace our shores, it’s worth being ready to get involved with Get Involved! Their brand new, 5 star rated EP is available now on iTunes and you can keep an eye on the band at http://www.gtnvlvd.com or find them on their Facebook and Twitter.