Shallow Sanction, “Vacant Rituals”

Louis Pattison

By Louis Pattison

International Editor
on 09.29.14 in Listen to This

If there’s something distinctly out of time about London’s Shallow Sanction, it should ultimately work in their favour. “Vacant Rituals”, taken from an upcoming seven-inch for Hospital Productions, draws on and intermingles two parallel but distinct UK punk histories — the spidery deathrock practised by the likes of Rudimentary Peni or UK Decay, and the belligerent stomp of Oi!. Supporting Iceage at an impromptu gallery show in Hackney a month or so back, they filled the tiny room with a palpable menace, vocalist Jesse Cannon stalking the floor and batting slam-dancers away with his meaty fists. One of those shows where you wanted to get close, but not that close.