FUNGALPUNK GIG REVIEWS
This review is as exact and as accurate as possible but due to the recent inclement and may it be vulgarly added, shite, weather my descriptive digits are prone to reach out into imaginary pastures of fluttering fantasy and spice up the textual matter so as to deter the grey oppressive clouds from seeping forth into the doldrums of depressive lethargy. I apologise in advance for misleading you the reader but make no apologies for keeping things interesting - not only for myself but alas for all! Seperate the falsehood from the fact but beware a hastiness in your judgement for many a deviant doth roam these twisted paths of punkology and musicianship. Read on oh retrospective voyeur and rein in your decisive nature.
My judgement of Ambush UK proved accurate as they arrived, set up and immediately set about knocking out a quite stunning set. 'Fade Away' opened and was a smashing start and a real joy for me as this determined band had seemed to have reached a new level of output and were finally realising their potential. I have seen these a few times and they have played a few SAS gigs for me in the past and have always been true to the cause. They have had line-up changes and in truth struggled to find their true direction but the last couple of performances have come on strong and this so far was the best I have seen them. 'Half The World' followed and was a full-on blast of honest effort and winning rhythm - excellent. Next was a song dedicated to yours truly - (thanks lads really appreciated) - called 'Don't Complain When You're Dead'. A great fuckin' song and the title is quite apt as I feel there are a load of punks out there who are missing so much and have no room to gripe when they realise just how much they are truly losing out on. The set continued and the only blip was the Buzzcocks cover of 'What Do I Get' which fell apart and didn't work at all. If you are going to do a cover then nail it good and proper or forget it as punters who are not familiar with your songs are liable to judge you on this song irrespective of your other, more worthwhile efforts. The Buzzcocks are wank anyway (that's for you Andy Noize Anoize ha, ha)! The forthcoming album taster was very sweet and promises much and I personally hope Ambush UK get some real appreciation and credit for their unassuming and likeable commitment. A very pleasurable moment and note has been made to get more gigs for AUK. My pleasure indeed!
Next up The Dead Class - a lesson in nailing Pop punk indeed. This set was full of Rice Krispie goodness with an overflow of 'Snap, Crackle and Pop'. Oozing vitality and an energised vigor the commencement to the set was spellbindingly good with fizzing melody eeked out by these 3 quality musicians. I was enjoying this alot until the set became fractured by several untoward u-turns that halted the fluidity of the performance and led to a somewhat staccato like feel. The crowd were loving it and maybe it was just me, and in truth I was having an attack of the vapours and was rather breathless (literally) throughout the second half. Overall I feel that if The DC stay fully focussed on the pop-punk aspect they are onto a real winner and should perhaps curtail too many tangents and just sneak in the odd different mode of melody. The good bits were amazing and the other bits were not bad so I have no complaints. I do need a few more viewings however to build familiarity with songs and so assess more fairly. Chit-chats with several boat-races generally backed-up these leanings.
Well done to Dean and all the bands for a particularly fine night at a very good venue which ended rather sourly as a drunken Noz (RBH bassists) insisted on showing me his recently tattooed left testicle. Why anyone wants a picture of Sid James on the old turkey pouch is beyond me but such are the hazards of smoking golf balls. Noz went off with his globe on show and we headed home after a decent nights punking.
Any allegations and scandalous stories that may generate from the above reading is in no way my responsibilty and I dismiss any accusations as regards cruelty to testicles and vulnerable individuals.
review by OMD (11 July 2008)