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Punk is alive and well in London

Darius Mirshahi | Interrobang | Lifestyles | October 8th, 2007

Punx Not Dead! Whoever said it was?

Far from being dead, the punk genre is thriving with new acts popping up everywhere and music listeners turning to this raw genre as an escape from the spew of fabricated ‘hard-core' images that the music industry keeps pumping out. People are seeking authentic punk, and independent punk-rocker bands ‘Organized Chaos', ‘The Dangling Labias' and ‘The Stiff Wires' gave fans the chance to rock out last Saturday at Pandemic Nightclub for only $5.

Although the doors opened incredibly early at 8 p.m., the show didn't really get started until 10 p.m. when the Dangling Labias started their set. Although most of the crowd was less interested in their set, being busy getting drinks and conversing, there was a decent sized group of hard-core fans that flocked to the stage and even pushed their way up right onto the stage.

Organized Chaos took to the stage second, bringing intensity and energy that worked the whole crowd into a frenzy performing songs such as “War on the Poor,” “Happy Hour,” and “This is DIY,” while they threw and spat water all over the crowd. During their set, mosh-pits broke out several times in which many people were thrown to the floor, elbowed in the face, pushed from behind and slammed into walls. Fortunately nobody was seriously injured.

The Stiff Wires, a five-piece band from London, Ontario, were the closing act of the night. Playing tunes such as “All my Friends are Cokeheads” and “The Disappeared,” the Stiff Wires delivered a powerful performance reinvigorating the crowd. Although many fans had tired themselves out from the earlier mosh-pits, some got right back into it and even pulled some of the fans off the stage, hurting one slightly.

The Stiff Wires also performed the song, “Are You Scared of the Ragheads?” in which they denounce the demonization of Arabs by our media, and the racist, islamo-phobic ideology that many people here have.

Near the end of their set, Stiff Wires lead guitarist and Fanshawe student, Jamie Barber, played while sitting on someone's shoulders so that people would see him through the crowd that had rushed the stage, blocking the view of the band from the rest of the club.

If you're into punk, you can check out the Stiff Wires at
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