Lille Vega, Copenhagen, DEN - 3/12
Written by: PP on 10/10/2012 23:23:56
For the better part of this year we've seen Copenhagen hardcore band Brudte Løfter (translation: Broken Promises) play a ton of shows in support of premier hardcore and metal bands, culminating in their opening slot for the Copenhagen Hardcore Showdown this summer. Earlier this year, they put out their first demo, simply titled "Demo'12", which serves as the foundation for their entrance to the live circuit, and which is available for free download on their Bandcamp page.
It's a ferocious seven track record consisting of short, one-to-two minute bursts of old school hardcore fury that recall the late 70s/early 80s era of the genre, specifically bands like Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Minor Threat et cetera. A more modern equivalent can of course be found in the Keith Morris-fronted OFF!, who by the sounds of it have been the primary influence for the entire concept of Brudte Løfter. And aside from the horrendously shoddy production, which we will partly forgive the band considering this is a demo after all, they do an equally good job at recapturing some of that pissed off spirit and yelled-out hardcore that went down when the genre was taking its first baby steps across the pond.
The best part about "Demo'12" is the riff work, which recalls OFF! as closely as any band I've heard, and as a result it creates an interesting contrast between the ugly and uncompromising yells in Danish, and the simplistic guitar shredding that nonetheless manages to be catchy in the process. It's a style that worked for OFF!, so it unsurprisingly also works for Brudte Løfter here. So while the band still needs to work on their identity, and especially their production, "Demo'12" presents us a Copenhagen band that convincingly translates the 70s hardcore into the modern era without sounding one bit dated.
Download: Bedre End Dig, Når Isen Smelter
For the fans of: OFF!, Nervous Breakdown, Circle Jerks
Release date 10.02.2012