Brownian Motion In The Mosh-Pit…..or the places Tom Tom takes you…….

It’s a toss between staying in to watch the Olympics or getting a lift from Chris and Josh to go see Kill Pretty in Hebden Bridge with a load of other bands….. I take about a millisecond to decide and then after a few texts I hop into Dutton Seniors’  motor and we are off – after a quick stop for petrol. After we leave the M62 motorway, and get past Rochdale going toward Halifax, it becomes obvious that the fairly straightforward route I had checked on Google Maps has been abandoned by Chris’s Tom Tom.

Indeed,  we leave the relative safety of the Halifax Road for a mind-blowing route through narrow country lanes, I begin to wonder if I’ve drifted back in time to some rural idyll…..notwithstanding this we arrive safely park up and find we are the first to arrive. We catch Evil Eye and then The Mob sound-checking – Moet and then Mike arrive and we sit and admire Dutton Seniors new Gibson as a set-list is worked out. The group settle on playing three of the new songs and a first performance of Kill Pretty (the song), plus a hark back to the days of the Hamsters with the inclusion of a classic- the reason being is it is 33 years to the day since the historic Stuff the Superstars gig at The Mayflower Club.

Aubergine Curry is eaten, beers are acquired and we sit down to listen to Evil Eye – a band not on my radar up until this show. Lead by the visually arresting “Lard Tramp” – who wears a cassock and is a memorable front man –  the band set the scene for the rest of the evening with a high powered punk rock. There is enough variety in the set list to maintain interest and there is  interesting dynamic in the performance. Any bass player wearing a Hunter S Thompson T-Shirt is OK with me.

Next up the utterly captivating Kill Pretty motor through a stunning set. Kicking off with a stunning rendition of “The Year of 13 Moons” which immediately gets some appreciative head nodding from the crowd. As mentioned we get the first live airing of the pop-tastic “Kill Pretty” which  is followed by two newer tunes “Clever Man” and “Breakdown” both great and coincidentally being recorded by the band for forthcoming releases the following day.  These are followed by a sparkling rendition of The Hamsters classic “I’m A C*nt” with guest vocals from Andy T and Mark Wilson from The Mob. A bit of a crowd pleaser. A blistering version of “Emperor’s New Clothes” with Moet in vein-popping form is followed by the jaunty “Rob a Bank”, then new track “Mirror Factory” (which is a bit special) and the set closes with superfast version of “Stress”. An appreciative crowd and a great performance from the guys.

By now it’s getting a bit warm as the place fills up so I switch from bitter to Peroni to cleanse the palate. The place is filling up nicely and the atmosphere is building well.
Next up are The Autonomads who play a fiercely mutant version of punk ska complete with some pretty intense polemic. The twin guitar and sax leads offer a unique sound and whilst the rhythm section is playing recognisable riffs and beats the  delivery overall is sufficiently different as to warrant further investigation (check out their split with Black Star Dub Collective here).

Andy T is up next with a selection of tracks from his excellent album “Life at Tethers End” which I acquire for Mr Doyle on the evening (excellent packaging and full of great images and words). The very excellent “Sophie Lancaster” is again the highlight for me and by now there is some serious moshing going on and the crowd are fully appreciative of Andy’s words and the fine musical backing. On my second time of seeing this band live and  I am growing to appreciate what he is all about.

The 80s Anarcho Punk Band The System have recently reformed and deliver a vital fist pumping set of classic tracks – at one point a punter climbs on stage and yells “I’ve waited 21 years for this….” – by now the brownian motian in the mosh pit is approaching chaotic levels with some serious fist pumping and pogoing. The band still retain the vitality they demonstrated thirty years ago – it does what it says on the tin – it’s punk at it’s most primal and evocative. I treat myself to the their album from the merch stall.

Headliners The Mob have moved on a tad since I saw them in Bradford a couple of months back. Continuous touring and a trip to America has honed their craft down to a powerful and mesmerising wall of noise. Moet observes that the band seem more at ease with that they are doing – I have to concur – it’s a great set with the classics “Another Day, Another Death” (two versions), “Witch Hunt” and “No Doves Fly Here” extracting an ecstatic response from a frenzied audience. Curtis Youe delivers a mammoth bass sound which is the bedrock for Graham Fallows to drive a combined motorik/punk beat under Mark Wilson’s wall of sound guitar. Mark is one of the great rhythm guitar players and his vocal attack continues to impress. Two encores are delivered and we start to plot how we can get them a gig in Salford/Manchester.

Given we have to negotiate the windy roads and it looks like the heavens are going to open up at any minute we only catch a short bit of Pedagree Skum and are long gone before Total Bloody Chaos  hit the stage, however the latter have clearly got their marketing right as they are around earlier in the afternoon selling their new split with Touched By Nausea. 

Off into the increasingly damp night and back round the windy narrow roads which are even more scary in the pitch black we reflect on a great evenings entertainment.

Congratulations to Andy Thorley for making it happen and using an excellent venue in the Trades Club.

Is this the sound of the golden age This is the sound of my rage

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Aural Delights Radio Show – 14th September 2011 – Punk Weekend Special

This show promotes the Punk Weekend at the Crescent in Salford which runs from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September – there are also some new tunes which have been sent my way……and a couple of classics

  • Early Mojo – Balloon Basket – they come from Walkden, they are a trio, and they open up the Punk Weekend on the Friday evening. From their “Beergasm” release which will be getting more plays on the Salford Music Scene show.
  • Kill For Company – Now You Know – the most exciting new band of the year so far for me…..a mancunian duo with a unique and compelling sound – also play Fridays event
  • Dead Circus – Paranoia – also on Friday – a trio from Manchester.
  • Wire – The Agfers of Kodack – Read and Burn 01 – the first studio collaboration by the band  since Manscape, proving that time had not mellowed them.
  • Moongoose – Stepping into Shadow – Silhouettes and Shadows – another track from the excellent EP by this great band.
  • The Distrakted – Mancunian Werewolf in Oldham – five piece from Manchester playing Saturday night at the Punk Weekend.
  • Total Bloody Chaos – NHS Death Squads – five piece from various parts of Lancashire…..also playing Saturday night at the Punk Weekend
  • Kick to Kill – Mushroom Cloud – excellent Glasgow quartet on the Flowers in the Dustbin lable.
  • Flying Man Shark – Just A Habit – another track from this excellent band from Scotland – click the link to access a free download of their music.
  • For Abel – On TV – another excellent band from the Flowers in the Dustbin lable.
  • Kill Pretty – Babes In The Wood-  out on the road soon with a settled line-up – more info on our website unsigned page – http://www.salordcityradio.org
  • Girlfixer – Casualty Condemn Me – four piece from Nottingham with an excellent lead singer with a great voice…..they close the Punk Weekend at the Crescent on the Sunday Night.
  • Baby Strange – Brick and Bones – the “headline” act of the Friday night at the Punk Weekend.
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – The Sleepwalkers – Godbluff – arpeggiating keyboards, manic time signatures and all out Hammill word mastery on this classic from the come-back album. I saw them do this in London on one the great come back gigs for the band – having been at the Cambridge Folk Festival watching Bert Jansch the day before it was a bit of a head spinner.
To listen to the show click on the link below…..

Salford Music Scene – 13th September 2011

On this weeks show a preview of bands playing on the Friday Night of the forthcoming Salford Music Festival…….plus some new stuff….and a couple of blasts from the past as they say…… not much spare time this week so the info is a bit sparse

  • Syd BoZko – Come Get me – playing Salford Music Festival – New Oxford 10pm
  • Rawcuss – John Travolta – playing Salford Music Festival – The Crescent 11pm
  • Stalagmites – Lovers – not now playing Salford Music Festival  was going to be the Ashley Brook but they cannae do it now…..the perils of pre-recorded radio shows….
  • Mancini Fires – Paint White – playing Salford Music Festival – Wangies 8:30pm
  • The Blimp – Fake Tan – playing Salford Music Festival – Town Hall Eccles – 10:45pm
  • Positronik – The Bitch Knows Your Name – playing Salford Music Festival – note Saturday! 7ish – this is the new single
  • Zap Zap Zap – Brick Windows – playing Salford Music Festival – Ashley Brook 10pm
  • The Taser Puppets – Dim (Radio Edit) – new track via Chorley’s finest and thanks to Shaun for removing the offending word
  • Ryan Jarvis – Thought of You – new artist from Gorton who sent me his material via our unsigned page
  • The Mang Mang Mangs – That Would Be The Normal Reaction – as per last week and more to come next week – they are keen to play live so any promoters give them a call!
  • Joy Division – New Dawn Fades – from the Still album
  • Black River -Turn Your Face – blown away by this one…..
  • The Room – Ups and Downs – another one via the unsigned page
  • Total Bloody Chaos – Work Together – a preview of tomorrow night’s show which looks at the forthcoming Punk Weekend at the Crescent
  • The Fall – Lie Dream of a Casino Soul – a classic from the early 80s…..from one of the great Fall line-ups – Smith, Scanlon, Hanley, Riley, Hanley, Burns
Click the link below to listen to the show…..