Hardcore punk brutalists Defeater rode into prominence a few years ago on the new ‘Wave’ of US post-hardcore bands, alongside La Dispute, Touché Amoré and others: bands that revitalised a bleeding-heart-emo lyricism and married it with some of the most exhilaratingly adventurous punk pummelling since At the Drive-In. Like their peers, Defeater don’t follow any kind of rule book: their albums follow tear-jerking concept stories from beginning to end, Derek Archambault’s larynx-shredding scream documenting a turbulent whirlwind of internal disaster, over a backdrop of bleak guitars and drums that were reared on Thrice records. Their last LP, 2015’s ‘Abandoned’, is about as uplifting as its title suggests, but for the initiated it’s a glorious blend of Cursive, Thursday, Refused and more. Outstanding records from Touché Amoré and Make Do & Mend may have filled the gap since then, but it’s good to have Defeater back.
Sun 20 Aug, 7.30pm at The Flapper, Cambrian Wharf, Birmingham B1 2NU, £14.30 seetickets.com
Published on: Tue 1 Aug 2017