June is blessed with staggeringly good line-ups – these are the best of the best.
June has the potential to either be a shining success or a hopeless disaster. Based on recent voting catastrophes, I’m fully prepared for an awful result on June 8th, and I do sometimes wish that shining beacons like Corbyn wouldn’t come along a give us leftie liberal types hope.
So, while you prepare to lose every shred of faith you have in humanity all over again, distract yourself with this splendid array of socially-conscious noise-mongers. There is no doubt that June holds some of the most exciting punk gigs on 2017 so far, and acts will be even angrier, feistier and more politically-charged than usual!
This is how I’ll be ignoring our inevitable doom:
Punx Inna Jungle – The Final Sozzle!
- Where: Antwerp Mansion, Manchester
- When: Saturday 17th June
- Who: INSANELY GOOD LINEUP ALERT
- Tickets: £7-10 from here
Known for being an absolute mauler of a night out, I’m seriously chuffed to be heading up to Manchester for the last ever Punx Inna Jungle. I can already taste the hangover.
MPF co-captains Anarchistic Undertones have pulled out all the stops with their last line-up, giving something for everyone. Drumroll please!
- Politically-charged ska-punk from faves Faintest Idea
- Riotous drunken folk punk from Matilda’s Scoundrels
- Enjoy a punch in the face from Grand Collapse’s unrelenting melodic thrash
- Throwing Stuff giving it hardcore thrash
- Scottish veterans PMX playing melodic punk
- Chaotic anarcho-ska from Wadeye
- Tech-metal-meets-skate-punk brilliance delivered by Fair Do’s
- Energetic punk fun from London DIY kings Wonk Unit
All this chaos will be taking place in the inappropriately named Antwerp Mansion. Apparently it’s never been a squat, but it definitely has that crusty, lived-in air, adequately setting the scene for debauchery that will last into the small hours. I look forward to seeing you all there, although there’s a good chance I may not remember it!
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You can taste the anticipation in the Borderline before Gnarwolves take the stage. I’m primed, in position, and I’ve made a tactical effort to finish my drink so I don’t end up wearing it.
Here are 5 things I learned tonight:
- The revamped Borderline is perfectly designed for stage-diving pandemonium
- Kamikaze Girls are fucking awesome (okay, I kinda knew that already)
- Shut Up is destined to be the best song on the new Gnarwolves album
- Bottle to Bottle has become so close to my heart that hearing it live makes me tear up
- I have just seen the best show of the year so far
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UK punk legends Snuff with Youth Man and Not Tonight & The Headaches in Camden’s favourite basement.
At 28 years old, it’s entirely possible that I’m the youngest person in the room for tonight’s Snuff show, but you wouldn’t know it from the sheer energy and enthusiasm buzzing through the audience. Down the front I’m rubbing elbows with greying, toothless punks who no doubt know a great deal more about being in a pit that I ever will. While waiting for the band to come on, I get chatting to a guy who is at least 20 years my senior, who is lamenting the fact he wasn’t around to have caught Snuff when they first formed in the late ‘80s. He assures me that it doesn’t matter how long it took you to discover the band, what matters is that you’re here now and you’re ready to throw down.
And throw down we do: enthralled as ever by the magnetism of the mosh pit (why is it so appealing to leap into a brawl of sweaty strangers?) I find myself dancing, jumping and wrestling my way through a high-octane set of shout-along classics, danceable instrumental romps and rarities from Snuff’s extensive back-catalogue.
Continue reading “Gig Review: Snuff @ The Underworld (19/05/2017)”
Forever Unclean spoil Ipswich with an energetic show, supported by Resuscitators and Con-Party.
Arriving at The Smokehouse at sunset, I’m stoked to see that there’s already a keen crowd assembled for some noisy Wednesday night fun – obviously, word has gotten around about how fun Danish indie/skate punks Forever Unclean are going to be!
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The best ways to fill your ears and empty your wallet this month.
One week in and May has already proved itself as a killer month with a new release from Gnarwolves and the news that Lightyear are permanently reforming (yes, I did just wet myself a little).
We’ve also been blessed with a flurry of pre/post-Groezrock shows from international headliners like Deftones, Choking Victim and Thrice, although there were a few notable absences (Red City Radio have some serious explaining to do).
The summer season is just kicking in so there’s plenty to look forward to: pre-drinking in parks rather than over-priced bars, getting blinded by sunlight when emerging for a cigarette between bands, and your sweat-and-beer-soaked shirt not immediately turning to ice on the walk home.
Here are the gigs you don’t want to miss in May:
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The Menzingers, The Flatliners and The Dirty Nil get Camden shouting.
I imagine that watching The Menzingers as a punk fan is the closest I’ll ever get to watching Robbie Williams as a pop fan: in every song the crowd were belting the lyrics out, word-perfect and at full volume, at times even louder the band. If frontman Greg Barnett had dropped the mic and walked out, the audience could have carried the show.
This speaks volumes to how well The Menzingers have not only mastered writing catchy hooks, but how they have tapped into a seam of identifiable, bittersweet sentiments that resonate perfectly with a contemporary audience. Their song-writing truly encapsulates the flawed existence that many of us experience, illustrated best in The Obituaries where the crowd scream, “I will fuck this up, I fucking know it,” repeatedly at the top of their lungs.
Continue reading “Gig Review: The Menzingers @ Koko (19/04/2017)”
There is only one effective cure to Post-Festival Blues: make plans to do it all over again.
Are you a weak, bruised husk of your former self? Do you keep clambering onto stranger’s backs, trying to make a human pyramid? Do you have a sudden urge to eat salad? You may be suffering from Post-Festival Blues.
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My goal this year is to ensure I don’t miss any of my favourite bands, while shoehorning in as many less-familiar acts as possible. These are my top picks for the weekend.
The last two years of Manchester Punk Festival
(and the TNS 10 Year All-dayer before that) have firmly lodged this annual pilgrimage to The North as the most fun weekend of my musical year. Other festivals may boast bigger headliners, flashier venues and pissweak lager sponsorship, but MPF wins for having the best selection of quality underground punk acts and inspiring community spirit. Every MPF event feels like a party with friends, as it draws in like-minded, socially-responsible folks from all around the country (and even further afield).
MPF2017 promises to be bigger, better and louder than ever. Having nearly missed The Flatliners headlining last year due to Sound Control reaching capacity (fortunately giving a worn-out bouncer a sympathetic hug got us in), my main aim this year is to ensure I don’t miss any of my favourite bands, while shoehorning in as many less-familiar acts as possible. The organisers at TNS, Moving North and Anarchistic Undertones have done a cracking job of creating a well thought out and complementary running order but, as someone with fairly eclectic taste, I’m going to be doing a lot of dashing around.
Using my powers of anxiety-fuelled organisation, I’ve created a personal plan to help make the most of the weekend. I honestly cannot pick a single band from the lineup that I would not want to see, these are just a handful of personal favourites.
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Introduction // Gig Review: New Town Kings // What To Look Forward To
Shout Louder is going to be a source of punk info from the perspective of a dedicated fan and addicted gig-goer. Expect it loud, fast and hard, including ska, indie, folk and hardcore crossovers.
Over the years people have often described me as ‘keen’ – usually in a way that made it sound like an insult – and it’s my aim to harness and share that excitement here.
I’m never more energised than I am when I’m watching a band. I’m still shocked by how excited, joyful and (occasionally) emotional watching people making a racket on stage can make me.
So, what can you expect?
I’m going to write about what excites me most: gigs and festivals, new releases and old classics, titbits of news. I’ll let you know what’s coming up in the next few weeks, so that you can get excited too.
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