For us, the second day of Exit Festival 2018 started with The Hellfreaks. Led by the insane Shakey Sue, the Hungarian four-piece offer fast and energetic punk rock, recalling the bands such as The Distillers, Rancid, Misfits, and bringing a little bit of psychobilly in the mix. Although in Serbia for the first time, they seem to have a solid fan base so they started the show in front of the pretty good crowd.
The Hellfreaks are rooted in rockabilly and psychobilly sound, but with their latest record 'Astoria,' they made a serious turn in their music towards more direct, straightforward punk rock. Luckily for me, the most of their set was taken from that record. From the very beginning, the band delivered an insane amount of energy, almost like they wanted to make a statement. It didn't take long before they made the stage theirs.
Shakey Sue, looked like she enjoyed every bit of the performance, giving it all on the stage, while the trio behind her followed. Firing song after song, with almost no pause between, the band quickly got the crowd going, and kept them in the mood until the very end. Like it's the easiest thing in the world, they delivered bangers like 'Rope,' 'Why Do You Talk,' 'Come Around' before finishing off with 'Burn The Horizon' and 'I'm Away.'
In the forty minutes they had, The Hellfreaks showed why they have to be considered one of the best punk rock bands in Europe right now. They have songs and they know how to deliver them on stage. It's nice to see all the hard work finally paying out. The word on the street is they are currently working on a new album. Honestly, I can't wait for it, especially because it will kick some of the older songs out of the setlist. Although 5.1 million Youtube hits may disagree, in my books, The Hellfreaks can do way better than the fucking 'Boogie Man.' They showed it so many times, including tonight.