The usual pre-gig scenario is us waiting for the band/s to arrive, but this time it’s the other way around—Seventh Genocide shoot me a message that they are waiting for us in front of Fabrika Avtonomia. I try to get to them as fast as I can, rushing from work through city traffic and all that.
They are waiting just outside the venue with their car… which is probably the most Italian and most unusual tour vehicle that I have seen in my life. A Fiat Panda. Yup, that’s right!
Inside this tiny car you find four band members and most of the backline we need for the gig tonight (pretty much everything except a drum kit).
I am truly amazed and astonished by all this, and I crown the band Seventh Genocide the TRUE KINGS OF DIY TOURING. This kind of dedication and brave approach to problem solving is what we need in the scene!
Before the show we learn that our favorite venue, Fabrika Avtonomia autonomous social center, is struggling really hard this month and should raise €750 until June 3rd in order to survive. If you’re also willing to support Sofia’s important DIY and activist space, please reach out to them.
Tonight we don’t have an opening band, so we get to load-in and sound check pretty fast, and then we just wait for some more people to gather.
Shortly after 9 PM we figure out that it’s a good time to start, and the guys take their instruments and open up the ritual.
It’s my first time seeing Seventh Genocide and I have to say I’m well impressed with their music and their playing. Fast blast beats, followed by atmospheric, almost post-rock passages, growling and screeching vocals. A fuckin’ tight band, and great guys, I’m really happy we had them live in Sofia.
Of course I had my small camera and captured some fuzzy photos.
For this gig report I might as well let them pictures tell the whole story…
All photos shot with Olympus Mju II/Kodak ColorPlus 200