THREE hardcore bands shook Le Pub’s foundations with their hyperactive ear-splitting sounds.

First up were Monics, a three-piece of noise merchants from Newport. All quirky and jerky rhythms topped by raging vocals from the frontman who, at one point, played a portable radio up to the mike. And they played a cover of the wonderful Lovely Eggs’ Wiggy Giggy towards at the end of their set.

Sans are from Bristol and play like their lives depend on it. Another trio who turn their amps up to 11 and scream and shout to try and drown out their drummer who hammers the skins so hard I’m surprised his kit is still intact by the end of their set!

Main attraction of the night are breakcore electronica drum-led duo Big Lad, from London, who formed in 2013. There might be only two of them in the band but what a glorious racket they make. They dispense with the hierarchy of Le Pub’s stage and play on the main floor in the round creating a more intimate atmosphere as the audience encircle them.

Their frenetic and quite extraordinary super-drummer Henri Grimes lays down the pulverising intricate beats which range from drum ‘n’ bass and jungle polyrhythms to straight ahead rock. Keyboardist and ultra-noise technician, Wayne Adams, twiddles the knobs and pushes the buttons on all manner of hi-tech gizmos, summoning up a vast range of sounds from sweet melodies to full-on primal uproar.

Track titles such as High Octane Party Bangers signify their intent and it’s a blistering hour-long set with no let up, each instrumental number a deafening aural assault, with occasional caveman vocals from the tech wizard.

It doesn’t take long for the crowd to go wild and Le Pub is transformed into a crazed mini-rave as the vacant stage is filled with dancers throwing outlandish shapes to some of the most delirious music currently around.

Graham James