Posts Tagged 'The Junction'

Skimmer @ The Portland Arms Cambridge 04.07.09

Skimmer @ The Portland Arms Cambridge 04.07.09

Skimmer (photo above from lord only knows when, I shamelessly nicked it from their myspace) are without a doubt in my top ten UK punk bands of all time.  They’ve been going since the dawn of time, effortlessly pumping out pop-punk hit after hit so it was an honour and very much a pleasure to play with them in Cambridge last year. I found this recording along with the Helen Chambers one recently and Kev was kind enough to allow me to put it up here so enjoy!  The band have a brand new album out so visit their myspace and order away, I believe you can also order it via itunes but get in touch with them instead I reckon to pass over some well earned cash to them.  Honestly they are one of the most underrated bands we have here in the UK, if you’re into proper pop-punk ala The Ramones, early Green Day (i.e. squeeky but intelligent well polished awesomeness) then download this now.

Set List:

SMITTEN

MORE SONGS ABOUT GIRLS AND BEER

LAST TO KNOW

HERE COME THE NEW THINGS

TAKE ME DANCING

RISE AND FALL

DANNY DEVITO

YOU STOLE MY HEART AT THE LOCAL ELECTION

ONE CHOPS

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North West is Best Fest @ The Junction Harrow 20.03.10

On the 20th March 2010, the one and only Olly Jugs put on a ridiculous amount of bands (12!) between 4.30 and 11.30 in the ‘cosy’ space that is the function room above the Junction pub in Harrow.  Downstairs is a vast ‘Scream’ pub with students and 80’s anthems, upstairs was a punk rock dream.  I haven’t been to any all dayer in ages where every band I saw was so ace and everyone was having such a good time.  Here’s some of the sets from the day (sorry I couldn’t record all of them but sometimes I had a drink or falafal or chips in my hand, and even once a bass and I’m incapable of doing two things at once).  Also there’s a great video by Ema up here from the day and some great photos by her and Dan over here.

ATHENS POLYTECHNIC

Athens Polytechnic opened the day up and in more than one ways set the mood and standard for the day.  A chaotic, youthful band who were very new to me; they play fast, snotty garage influenced hardcore with two singers.  I reckon this lot will be popping up on a lot of people’s radar’s soon and if both frontmen start to get a bit more comfortable and just be themselves they’ll really come into their own.  For better or worse (and I imagine it’s due to watching American Hardcore one too many times) singer Rory also came up with the best between song banter of the day directed towards the promoter without realising every single person there was a mate of said promoter, which gave every band after some ammunition for comedy gold.  I’ll let you work out which bit it was.  Random comments and slight harrassment of friends aside, this band are fucking good and I’m really really looking forward to seeing them again and picking up the demo when it’s out.

Set List:

OTHER SHOES

…AND I WOULD HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT AS WELL IF IT WASN’T FOR THOSE MEDDLIN’ BOOKS

MOUTH TO MOUTH

SOCIETY LADY

LAST GOOD CITIZEN

THE KIDS WILL NOT HAVE THEIR SAY

THE DAY FASHION DIED

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ROOFTOPS


Rooftops are the London via Norwich hardcore supergroup comprising members past, present and future of PJ & Gaby, Apologies I Have None, The Neil Sutherland Band, TV Party, Fletch Cadillac and The Scrape.  Mixing up doom laden hardcore with upbeat hooks and punk anthems this is a beast like no other (well maybe a bit like Young Livers or Samiam at times?).  The band were in full swing, the crowd were keen and guitarist/promoter Olly was well and truly boozed up and on form.  Enjoy.

Set List:

BLACK ICE
CAN’T IMAGINE YOU NOT BEING IN THIS TOWN
MAKERS MARK
SUN CREAM AND SAND
BOOK FOR A CROOK
I KNOW YOUR FAULTS I JUST CHOOSE TO IGNORE THEM
HARDHEADED
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MEN
MEN (apologies for lack of live photo but thee camera ran out from all the rock) are a three piece band from Norwich.  I can’t pretend to know much about them as all my info was taken from a brief chat with Lloyd (of Southport fame) who tells me they used to be in a band called Fun? Yeah!.  All I know is that they were bloody nice blokes, had bloody good beards and were bloody good.  To me they sounded like a more poppy mid paced Marked Men but have a listen and decide for yourself.  You can also download their whole recorded output free from here so go do that and then buy a t-shirt or just give them some cash when you see them as a thank you for being so nice and giving away free music.
Set List:
DOMESCIBELS
GED SME
WORKIN’ IN THE OFFICE
CALCULATORS
BIG FUCKER
RE: YOUR RE-BRANDING
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SERF COMBAT
Well it was inevitable I would cave and put my own band on here someday… This is our set from the all day fest.  We were on waaaay too high up on the bill but everyone humoured us.  People seemed to be into it and we had a total ball.  Our guitarist Paul summed it up well by saying we played our best when our mates were there and I reckon this is the total truth.  It’s the best I think we’ve played for a while (make of that what you will) and it’s always nice to see people singing along.  You also get the chance to hear some great drunken, mildly out of time singing from Dunc of WEGROWBEARDS fame who was kind enough to share the recording duties with my brother Josh. Well enough promotion from me.  Enjoy.
Set List:
HAND CAST IN MUSIC
TOPPED/TAILED
MAN UP
THE BUCKLEY ERA
EMERGENCY FLOWERS
FOR SPRING
KING SHIT OF FUCK MOUNTAIN
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ABOVE THEM
Once again sorry for nicking a photo but visit tfranis.co.uk to check out more of their awesome shots (my camera was dead by this point in the day…).  Above Them headlined the NWIB Fest and everyone was REALLY TRULY WASTED by this point, I mean to the extent that most people at the front had white masking tape on their face fashioning them into unicorns, elephants and a very impressive cat.  Heckles were plentiful as you can hear from the classics of ‘one more song’ after the first song down to the harsh ‘are you guys drunk, you’re playing so well’ down to the obscure ‘spring break!’.  Everyone knows Above Them are one of the greatest, tightest bands in the UK and should be bigger than all the other crap clogging up the radio by the end of 2010 if the world is right and just.  Here the band played a great set, stalled only by human pyramids, loudmouths and Jon from Serf Combat stealing the mic and singing vocals to For Those Who Paved The Way!.
Enjoy!
Set List:

KEEP SMILING

IMPROVE ON HAPPINESS

NEW SONG

SECRETS OF THE ORIGINAL BEERBOX

WHERE DID ALL THE HEART GO?

FOR THOSE WHO PAVED THE WAY

GIVE IT UP TO START AGAIN

KEEP GOOD HOLD

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