Every now and again a punk band comes along that changes the rules, a band that twists their influences into shapes that haven't been heard before. At The Drive-In anyone? Maybe AFI? How about At The Drive-In and AFI in a fight with The Dickies? Meet Billy Talent.
Even the most charitable punter wouldn't claim that this was a classic show. Persistent sound problems with Ian D'Sa's guitar amp increasingly agitated vocalist Benjamin Kowalewicz. Maybe it was the pressure of a debut London show, but when the sound problems migrated to his own microphone it quickly ended up buried in the drum kit, along with an accompanying stand. Once John Gallant's bass followed it was game over.
A truncated show possibly, but before calling it quits Billy Talent give a few brief glimpses of what they're capable of. Angular At The Drive-In riffs support Kowalewicz's muppet-on-speed stage antics, and all but drummer Aaron Solowoniuk contribute to the yelped, screamed and shouted vocals. Aurally the end result is close to AFI, but far more intense, and far more involving.