I’m usually not into cover/tribute bands, but I have to admit, these guys were pretty impressive. Their hair, clothes, instruments, and of course, the music were very close to authentic.
They even subscribed to communism, just like the real-life Rage Against The Machine, as evidenced by the Che Guevara poster that you can see in the pre-show pic above. During their set, the singer said something that got a slight cheer from the crowd: “This next song goes out to anybody who supports Trump and Brexit. Ya’ll need to wake the [expletive] up!”
By itself, this comment is hilarious and it put a big smile on my face. It’s even more funny when you combine it with the prop they added later to the left side of the stage: an American flag with an anarchy symbol spray painted on it.
Like so many others who use the anarchy symbol, this band is very confused. Anarchy as a political philosophy simply means the absence of government. So, while they had an anti-government symbol on the stage, they announced their fondness for a giant, unelected, unaccountable, continental government – The European Union.
If that’s the kind of anarchy they were referencing – and I’m certain it was – then let me put it this way: this particular music venue was in a London neighborhood that looked like it had been subscribing to their philosophy of anarchy for a long time.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of this area of London. Not because I forgot to take any pics, but because I literally didn’t feel safe pulling my phone out of my pocket to take pictures for fear of being mugged, and I certainly would never bring my DSLR camera here, either.
As an American, I’ve always been fed the images of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the appeal of their surrounding areas (like the pics I posted recently). But the truth is, just like with New York City, London is a massive city with some pretty rough areas, and I’ve seen many of them while riding public transportation and going out at night.
It’s clear that the business owners are very afraid of being burglarized. After many businesses close, around 6pm, they block their entrances by pulling down thick, metal security shutters (very similar to the hurricane shutters that I saw while living in Florida). The streets were completely filled with potential customers. Up to 100 people walking past the front doors of businesses every minute, but the risk of being robbed was bigger than welcoming a mob of patrons.
Sadly, the very same security shutters that protected their businesses were used as canvases by countless vandals. Utterly disgusting graffiti is absolutely plastered all over every single security shutter in this area of London. Apparently, no property owner is deemed innocent in the eyes of these criminally shameless individuals.