176 Records are probably my favourite promoters in the UK's DIY punk scene. They consistently put on friendly, welcoming shows with some of the best line-ups around. Friday the 18th of September was no exception with 176 Records taking over Whitechapel's Urban Bar to put on Woahnows with support from Shit Present and Myelin.
This was the first ever gig for London's Myelin, a band formed by ex Apologies, I Have None guitarist and singer Dan Bond. I always enjoyed seeing Bond perform with his former band and was very disappointed to hear that he had left so I was completely stoked to hear Myelin. Without being able to go into much detail on the songs I thought Myelin were fantastic, playing some passionate and emotional punk rock songs. Despite nobody in the room really knowing any of the songs I noticed a lot of heads nodding along to the big, crunching guitars and pounding drums. For a first ever gig Myelin were so slick, I can't wait to hear more from them.
Next up were Specialist Subject Records act Shit Present. This was my second time seeing the four piece in a couple of months and the first time since they released their excellent self-titled debut EP. We all know Iona as the bass player and occasional singer of Great Cynics but Shit Present is her own project and really allows her to take centre stage and show just how talented she is as a musician (she plays guitar in Shit Present), singer and a songwriter. She actually has one of my favourite voices in all of punk rock so to hear her sing live is always a pleasure. The EP is as good live as it is recorded, which really displays just how good a singer Iona is. The whole performance was very enjoyable, with Thom from Gnarwolves also really standing out with an energetic performance on guitar. You can't help but love Shit Present.
Headline act Woahnows are a band I've been aware of for ages but have never really listened to or seen live. I didn't even realise they were a three piece until they took to the stage. As soon as they began their performance I really wish I’d checked them long ago as they were fantastic! This Plymouth based band's energy was off the charts and they were clearly having so much fun playing to the Urban Bar crowd. The fuzzy indie pop punk style that Woahnows play live is infectious and you can't help but move along with the band. Their front man in particular really stood out;joyously dancing around the stage between blaring out his vocals. I don't think there are many better feelings (in the music world anyway) than when you go to a gig not really knowing a band and then coming away completely buzzed with a new favourite band. That was definitely the feeling I had after the Woahnows set, which ended far too soon for my satisfaction.
Thanks to 176 Records for putting on yet another fantastic night of punk rock, you guys do some fantastic work and play a big part in keeping the scene alive.