Hyper Hyper Girl Lover + Aneska Wolverhampton, Little Civic 28th March 2002 By Philip Whitehouse It's unusual to go to a local venue and see a band that is offering up a sound so fresh and original that it defies classification beyond perfunctoray hints at possible influences. It's even rarer (and as a result, far more rewarding) for this to happen twice in the same night. But, that's what I got to savour last night The Little Civic. Aneska started off the night, with an eclectic opening set that bristled with energy and enthusiasm. 'This is our first gig,' informed singer Daniel Evans, 'so be gentle with us. Very gentle.' The irony of his statement became apparent when he unleashed his stentorian bellow during the heavier moments of songs that veered between nu-metal mosh-groove, near-noisecore dissonance and trad-rock melodicism without leaving room for breath. In terms of stage presence, it must be said that the miniscule stage almost couldn't hold them, the guitarist in particular proving entertaining to watch, here throwing himself about like a hyperactive eight-year-old, and there drooping over his guitar like a suicidal mannequin. Particular highlights included the jarring, labyrinthine structures of 'Forest', the almost-perfectly timed mosh-groove money shots contained within 'Whatever' and the excellent set-closer 'Nice Day'. It's clear that with a bit more polish to the song structures and more experience as a live unit, Aneska will become a force to be reckoned with.  There was another band before the headliners that night, but sadly I missed most of their set because I was at the bar. From what I did see of Anti-hero though, musically they were tight, but between-song uncertainty and lack of stage presence let them down, along with a suspicious reliance on cover songs over original material let them down. And then came Hyper Hyper Girl Lover. Wolverhampton regulars apparently fresh off a stint supporting Babes In Toyland, they said about half-way through their punishing set, 'We've been all over the country - it's good to be home'. And it's good to have you back. Their furious blend of Placebo's bitter-sweet melodicism, Deftones-esque blending of discordance with ambience, hardcore punk's fury and nu-metal's knack of writing catchy yet aggressive hooks came together perfectly tonight in a show that laid waste to the audience. In every respect Hyper were on top of the game tonight, their presence commanding both attention and respect along with their obvious tightness as a unit.  All in all, not a bad night out! NB : Dill would like to thank Linzi for making this review possible - if it hadn't been for her, he wouldn't have got in!