At Trillians, Newcastle, U.K., July 23, 2007

For those stuck in not so sunny England, it’s been a pretty grim year. In fact, it’s been the wettest summer since 1720, and what better way to get through a rather dismal summer than a fine splash of color and an explosion of the brightest Pop/Punk/Metal around. -Thank goodness for AntiProduct, the perfect remedy for any feelings of weather induced depression.

There was no quiet, polite entrance here as front man Alex Kane and his gang stormed the stage with intent, kicking off with a sprightly “Thank God I’m Right.” Kane is striking. Part sinister clown and part The Joker, he is the ringleader of a rag tag bunch from Planet Loon.


“The Rules We Rock ‘n’ Roll By” and “Psychedelic Girlfriend” then burst forward, fired by the Punky riffing of Claire Product, while the stunning Amazonian figure of Milena Yum on rhythm guitar/keys/vocals added the color and the glamour.

Trillians isn’t exactly the largest of stages, but Kane makes the best of the intimate nature of the venue by jumping into the crowd at every opportunity and leaping onto the tables, ensuring that even those propping up the bar at the back become fully involved in the show. During crowd favorite “Bungee Jumping People Die,” a poor unsuspecting “victim” was thrust onto the stage by Kane to sing the chorus. Some bands sing the words first to help the crowd along; not AntiProduct. Instead, a banner was held up by a rather fetching young maiden, much to the crowd’s delight and they responded in kind with a rousing contribution.


A thunderous take on the Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” rattled the rafters and was the perfect piece for AntiProduct’s deliciously twisted harmonies.

Kane’s between song banter was a hoot with everyone from George Bush to the Music Industry feeling the sharp end of his tongue lashing. He even directed some choice nuggets in his own direction as his custom guitar, created in his own image, cut out as he quipped “It may be a battery problem, but what do I know, I’m dressed like Kermit the Frog!!”


After a short “technical problem” interlude, a lively “If I Was Orson Welles” really got the mosh pit into a maelstrom before an explosive take on The Ramones classic “Blitzkrieg Bop” ended the show with half the crowd on the stage and Kane racing around in a sweat-drenched whirlwind of energy, enticing more to join them. Pure Rock ‘n’ Roll.


With a riotous mix of infectious melodies and energetic riffs, their rambunctious brand of Rock ‘n’ Roll, combined with their larger than life persona, AntiProduct proved to be the perfect antidote to the drab English summer. With a new album in the pipeline and a tour of The States with Wednesday 13 just around the corner, the next few months could see big developments for AntiProduct.



  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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