After a horrible year-old wait, Desertfest was back again in its rightful home of Camden. But before the weekend could begin, there was time for a little pre-party at The Black Heart with two quality acts to start the show.
Opening the show was the wonderful Flash House, the punks (who had taken a few tips from Friday’s main stage act Zeke), were an absolute riot. Playing a healthy dose of songs from their brilliant album Brown Sauce, was like its saucey namesake, an absolute treat. The punks gave us nothing but a good time and were the perfect way to start the weekend. Fast, furious and straight to the point, no nonsence punk rock that got Desertfest off on the right foot.
Before the show, I chatted to a dude who I thought was a member of bar staff, it turned out he was actually ASG guitarist Jonah Citty. No ego or acting like a rock star, he was chilled, laid back and more than happy to chat, tell stories or pose for multiple photos. After their set I’m now convinced that ASG are one of the best bands on the planet. Criminally underrated and a band that should be headlining Desertfest itself, not just the pre-party. Whether it was killer new songs such as ‘Survive Sunrise’ or all time favourites like ‘Day’s Work’ and ‘Horsewhipper’, the band absolutely smashed it. The riffs came thick and fast over Jason Shi’s dyanmic vocal range to create what can only be described as by modern science as one hell of a show. A masterclass in riff-driven majesty.