FUNGALPUNK GIG REVIEWS
1st up Eagle Spits spat poetry for 15 minutes and left.
Next up - Lowlife UK. Played a 30 minute set of No Nonsense CockSparrer inspired punk rock, which at times flirted with Motorhead and ACDC. The vocalist at one point echoes the feelings of many of us when he attacks some egos in the punk scene in the song ‘You call it punk, I call it shit’". Mr James Pursey gets blasted by these blokes and sometimes I also feel it might be nice if another wave of dinosaurs got wiped out. However, there is very little venom in this band, but loads of good humour, excellent tuneage and a bad dress sense. It was obvious that they love playing Punk Rock and they play it very well. With song titles which include ‘Ugly And Proud’, Gimme Some More’ and ‘Oil And Sand’ it is obvious that there is an element of political concern amongst all the fun. Just as it should be! Yup! Punk and Chips from Bradford.
On Next another band with UK in the name. ‘Ooo Ooo it's my first time’ for seeing Obnoxious UK, who were a lot less obnoxious than I expected. Elements of Punk and Roll, Horror Punk, Punk and The Clash (sorry for all the sub genre labels - I hate labels, but they used to make things easier in the days of record shops. Tonight was a night of high quality punk bands and Obnoxious UK were no exception. During the set they veered off the normal generic punk track on many occasions. I got the sense that there was an element of 1960's Rock and Roll swagger to the band and at other times they reminded me of my favourite No future band Attak. There was lots of dark humour to the band as evidenced in the song title ‘Cadava Doll’. They finished their set with a track called ‘Amelia’, which sounded nothing like The Mission's song of the same name but instead sounded more like The Clash, which pleased this Clash addict down to the ground.
Next to take to the stage were - End of History? Full steam ahead hardcore punk from Nottingham. Think Poison Idea, Black Flag combined with some UK hardcore bands and you'll get the picture. I like my music hard on occasion and this was one of those occasions. There was some great banter between audience and the band. The band offered to play ‘Bite It You Scum’ by GG Allin if a member of the audience knew the words. Thankfully I kept quiet. So assertive politics and the noise harsh, abrasive and tight and a song about waking up covered in bites and bruises. My thirst for hardcore was sated. A great set by a great band.
The Venue was excellent, Great to see Chiz from Septic Psychos, Danny from Worm and Johnny March from Feeb and Electric Shite Orchestra out on the town, supporting other talent. Lenny did everyone proud, and with bargains to be had from Stu Taylor this is one happy guy.
review by Gary Eagling (28 September 2012)