Where: The Underworld, Camden
Punk rockers Zebrahead aren’t exactly the typical Camden Rocks band, but judging by the fact that there is a queue outside of the Underworld a mile long and a jam-packed venue, I’d say Camden Rocks made the right choice. And hey, every festival needs a healthy dose of punk rock!
The California-based quintet is in good form tonight. Playing a spirited, bouncy set, vocalist Ali Tabatabaee shouts into the microphone, “sing-a-long if you know the words. If you don’t, make them up. We can’t hear you anyways!”
But there’s no need to make anything up. This crowd knows Zebrahead’s discography and they are shouting along to their infectious, party tunes.
Playing a set with fun, upbeat classics like ‘Rescue Me’, ‘Hello Tomorrow’ and ‘Falling Apart’ the band have the whole crowd moving. Their energetic stage presence can only be explained as the ’90s punk rock effect, which has the ability to make a crowd of grown men and women act like reckless, idiotic teenagers again. The crowd’s loud sing-a-longs are intertwined with energetic jumping and unbridled enthusiastic moshing. Tonight the Underworld is one giant punk rock party, and everyone loves it!
The band has been around since ’98 but has definitely not missed a beat. Commanding the stage the band highlights everything that is good and pure about punk rock. Singer Matty Lewis’ vocals echo over the forceful, lively melodies, whilst Ali Tabatabaee punchy rapping causes bouncing and fist-pumping enthusiasm. The final track of their set is ‘Anthem’ and everyone is going nuts, especially when bassist Ben Osmundson stage dives. The punk rocker is majestically carried around the whole venue and back to the stage. It’s a beautiful moment.
Zebrahead, you never disappoint.