DogWillHunt with support from Hulk and Eaten By Bears
Friday 8th June 2012 – Bunatee Bar, Belfast
North coast trio ‘Dog Will Hunt’ launched their debut split EP in Bunatee Bar in Queens. It’s a split EP with Russian band ‘Deaf Deaf’ – the EP itself is raw and uncompromising. Two different beasts meet on the EP and tonight’s gig has a similar feel.
Dublin female fronted punksters ‘Hulk’ open proceedings with just their second live performance. Pulling no punches, it’s raw and basic. You can tell they are new on the scene. They have yet to perfect their sound but there is a solid base to be built upon. Overall it’s a short and enjoyable set. There’s a hint of the Distillers in their sound, keep an eye out for them – one for the future.
Second band of the night and main support comes from experimental math rock act ‘Eatenbybears’. A genuinely exciting and captivating live act, they are on form tonight. At times they are heavy and the next you get a delightful slice of surf pop. Single, ‘Malkovich’ is a set highlight and we are also treated to a new song which is also excellent. The use of the violin as a major instrument is not often used in modern rock music, but with Eatenbybears it adds a different texture and is another part of their live show that must be experienced.
Finishing up the night ‘Dog Will Hunt’ are a different beast to the rest of the bill. A sizeable crowd has now convened for the band. Looking around it is more of a who’s who of north coast bands; members of Team Fresh, Axis Of and And So I Watch You From Afar are scattered throughout the crowd. I wasn’t completely sure of what to expect from the band, but I certainly wasn’t left disappointed. For a relatively new band the sound was tight and note perfect, it is a ferocious live show. The crowd lap it up. There is a distinctive Post-Hardcore sound, like if you were to imagine a mix of Fugazi with the more accessible sound of Hundred Reasons. Second song ‘Destroy Your Eyes’ is a great song, heavy and shouty – it’s a great performance. They are joined on stage for a run through of the Deaf Deaf EP track, and the final song of the set is a glorious screamo end to proceedings.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable gig. Dog Will Hunt have a very bright future ahead of them and I strongly advise you check them out.