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Remember industrial rock? Always marketed as alternative futuristic music, crossing barriers into unknown musical territories. Only it wasn’t like that, was it? With a few exceptions it was stodgy, stale-sounding, laughable poser music. Well, now at last there is a band which seems to have created a sound that encapsulates all industrial music should be, Loud, Aggressive, Exciting, and most importantly, far from anything you’ve heard so far.
Armed with two guitars, drums and some simple looking machinery, Panic DHH took to the Electrowerkz stage and gave us a thirty minute lesson in joy and tolerance. The joy came in the form of tracks such as 'Simplex (Starve)' and 'Reach', caustic mixtures of Aphex Twin style beats, jarring stop-start intros, Ministryesque vocals, noise breakdowns and melodic guitar. The tolerance was in the form of VOLUME It’s hard to figure out the song titles, as the volume was so loud that the lyrics were undecipherable. Panic DHH are FUCKING LOUD. In 10 years of going to some very loud, avant garde, experimental gigs I’ve NEVER heard any band so loud as Panic DHH were.
Earlier in the night frontman Robbie Furze had played guitar for a gig with Alec Empire in Camden. This seemed like mere pop music in both context in comparison to Panic DHH. The DHH Stands for Drives Human Herds. The herd at Electrowerkz were driven all right. Driven to the edge of deafness maybe, but also driven into a frenzy by a band who were unafraid to try something new and achieving a result that so many other bands fail to deliver.