Article by Sarah Williams.
Thank fuck January is over. The darkest month is always a death note for gigs. People are too busy pretending that they’re going to save money, stop boozing or start dieting, when in reality we’re all cramming our faces with leftover Christmas chocolates and eyeing up the crème de menthe. No wonder it’s the month we’re most likely to off ourselves.
Fortunately, February is absolutely chock-a-block with noisy fun times. I’m double-booked on three of the four weekends and curating my top gigs was a right mission. I hope you all appreciate the effort and, in turn, make the effort to get down to one of these splendid shows.
Now, firstly, some shameless self-promotion. I’m not going to announce a Gig of The Month in February because I’m a tad biased…
Actionmen & PMX UK Tour
- When: February 1st-4th
- Where: Manchester, Ipswich, Guildford, Portsmouth
- Who: Actionmen and PMX are playing with the likes of Darko, Fair Dos, Riggots, Drones and many more.
The first weekend of February sees four gigs from two incredible bands, including one hosted by Shout Louder in Ipswich.
Actionmen are an Italian trio who you’ll rarely catch in the UK. Deciding how to describe them is a bit of a challenge, so you best come check them out for yourselves. Fast-punk, metal, funk, psychadelia, garage, utter craziness? All of these things are good. Apparently ‘post-melodic hardcore’ is a term made up purely for them. You know the general rule that if a band have travelled from mainland Europe to play here it’s always worth seeing them? That rule has never applied more. They’ve been flooring audiences since 2000 and, if you’ve not caught them before, you’d be a fool to miss this opportunity.
PMX are also travelling all the way down from Scotland for four dates in England. If you’ve not heard me bang on about how great they are already, they’re a supremely talented bunch who’ve been peddling skate-punk and melodic hardcore for over 20 years. They’re preparing to release a new album this year and they’ll no doubt play plenty from their recent EP Dark Days. We had an exclusive interview with them last weekend, check it out: Part One and Part Two.
We also interviewed Darko who will be playing our show in Ipswich on February 2nd. They have put together an incredible line up on February 3rd to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Bonsai Mammoth – definitely a worth the trip:
If that’s a tad to far for you, you can catch them at any of the following shows:
- Manchester: February 1st @ The Castle Hotel, hosted by Anarchistic Undertones. They’re joined by Fair Dos and Riggots.
- Ipswich: February 2nd @ The Smokehouse, hosted by Shout Louder. It’s Sarah’s birthday and leaving party, with Darko and local heavy pop-punks Pessimist.
- Southsea: February 4th @ The Wedgwood Rooms. This one’s just Actionmen and not PMX, but they’re joined by Dead Neck, Sombulance and Misgivings.