Defeater: Download Festival - photo review

Defeater: Download Festival – photo review

Defeater are a melodic hardcore punk band hailing form Boston Massachusetts.  Over the course of last weekends Download Festival they were another of those unsung bands that Download Festival curator Andy Copping seems so good at digging out.

One of the things that attracts me to punk and hardcore is the fact that, as a sweeping generalisation, the bands tend to be talking about things that matter.  The oppression of the working class, exploitation and demonisation of the poor and political inequality are all things that are ripe fodder for hardcore bands song writing.  So it proves with Defeater.

Songs about struggling war veterans, alcohol and drug abuse and poverty are all subjected to Derek Archambault’s rasping vocal during their short set.  The energy and anger that is such an integral part bands like Defeater are the perfect antidote to the seemingly never ending tirade of bland, safe, “vanilla” pop music that we are subjected to on our radio’s on a daily basis.

Thankfully, outside of the mainstream, there is plenty of good music around to catch our attention when we make the effort to dig it out.  Long may bands like Defeater surprise us.

These photographs were taken during defeaters set at Download.  If you don’t know the band make the effort to check them it.  It is well worth the effort.

Defeater are on the internet here, on Facebook and they tweet as @Defeater

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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