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Blood Youth w/Palm Reader & Lotus Eater 08.03.19 / Louder Live

Updated: Aug 5, 2019



The hardcore punk quartet that formed in Harrogate only little more than five years ago, were set to enthral an oversold London crowd in Boston Music Room on a drenched Friday night for a climatic end to their ‘Starve’ UK tour.


“Show me fucking more, Show me everything” scream Lotus Eater, Hopeless records heaviest signing in 25 years, who viciously spit and eat up the stage playing new hardcore Glasgow gloom anthems ‘Branded’, ‘Break It’ and ‘Mother’. The latter being off their upcoming EP ‘Social Hazard’. Starting the nights first circle pit and increasing heart rates, the crowd seemed pleasantly surprised at the appetiser for the night.


The second thrashing of the show brings Palm Reader to the centre. Their third album ‘Braille’ has seen some of the most success for the group and in a live spectrum delivers equally as impressive. A collection of loyal fans surround the bottom of the stage as ‘Always Darkest’ opens for a lyrically explosive and hammering double bass pedal, electrocuting the eyes open of the newest faces that would walk through the door. A personal favourite ‘Swarm’ encompasses all the elements that make Palm Reader’s newest record the brilliant spectacle that it is. Resulting in a mixed response, the band captivate the audience for a majority of the set only to the downfall of a newer audience members not having explored the back catalogue.


Out of the pitch black, Blood Youth emerge with frontman Kaya Tarsus and his monumental voice and mongol-horde leader growls as a riff-ridden ‘Spineless’ pulsates through a warmed up audience. A solid 11 song setlist consisting of singles from their latest album ‘Starve’, receiving a heated and violent response. Having only listened to the new record a few times, the energy and production translated well into the small 250 capacity venue. Guitarist, Chris Pritchard and Bassist, Big Les consistently screaming along to Kaya’s lyrics only emphasised the power behind the blinding light show that tore through breakdowns and stand out songs ‘Nerve’ and ‘Keep You Alive’. The band even providing an encore for an entourage of support which was duly rewarded with an incredible rendition of “Starve”. An overall volatile and fascinating performance with a refined sense of production, each band seemed to feed off the previous set to create the anticipated climatic finale. Blood Youth have certainly not oversold themselves, acquiring a new fan in myself and I can’t wait to see how their appearances at Reading & Leeds Festival later this year turn out.

Blood Youth’s “Starve” is out now via Rude Records.

Blood Youth: @bloodyouthUK

Palm Reader: @wearepalmreader

Lotus Eater: @lotuseateruk

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