Something wicked has crawled up from the broken streets of London, it has 10 legs, is extremely volatile and should be considered dangerous, spewing venom and looking to kill anything that stands in its way, it answer’s to the name of Dripback and it’s here to kick your teeth in.
Yes, Dripback the London based hardcore mob have returned to Bloodstock Open Air Festival for the second year in a row, this time taking up residence on the Sophie Lancaster stage. Judging by the little amount of time it takes for the band to kick off they are clearly not in the mood to fuck about, coming on like an animal possessed. Dripback are probably the most intense band I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing up close.
Showcasing material from their brilliant debut release, “Inhaling the Ashes,” as well as a new song from their as yet untitled new album, the band just lays waste to everything that is laid out in front of them. It’s hard to think that they have been around for such a short time to exhibit such ferocity and tightness during their live show.
Out in the audience it’s like a human demolition derby, there are bodies, limbs and, in some cases, clothes flying everywhere, violent isn’t the word. This is a tornado of humanity coming together, to see such a visceral connection between band and crowd is a rare and in this case scary thing.
Dripback are hardcore personified, you can see it in their eyes and feel it in their music, this isn’t a band. Dripback is a gang of individuals that has come together as a whole, with one goal in mind and that is to write riffs that will cause bodily harm, that will break noses and make ears bleed. Based on today’s performance, I feel pretty sorry for any poor fucker that thinks they can stand in their way.
Photos taken by Sabrina Ramdoyal