Joined: 05 Mar 2009
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Saturday night wasn't going to be one for the psychobilly purists, as the Kreepers crew fielded a line-up of three bands who like a little something else mixed in with their 'billy.
It's been a while since I've seen A Sailor's Grave and their sound seems to have undergone some developments since then - their old racket is long gone, as is the unintelligable Johnny Cash cover that used to have people running for the bar, to be replaced with a healthy injection of SoCal-style punk, leaving a band who wouldn't have sounded out of place on Epitaph records in the 90s. They played well and with passion, despite the technical glitches which sometimes afflict the earlier bands at Kreepers.
After a break for some much-needed fresh air (seriously, how hot was it in there? I swear I could see people's tattoos starting to run at one point), we caught Hollywood Suicide, a band who I normally have a nack for missing. They play their brand of oi- and street-punk-infused psychobilly energetically, with suitably harsh vocals from cocky frontman/guitarist Si, and they went down well with a sparse (due to the heat many people it seemed had decided to stay outside) but appreciative crowd.
The Grit's punk'n'roll stylings are familiar to many, and you either love 'em or you hate 'em. But to their credit, whatever they are playing they have managed to shape themselves into a fantastic live band, whose mix of punk, 'billy and ska got the heat-exhausted crowd alternately wrecking and skanking (and falling over). The set leaned heavily on crowd pleasers from 'Shall We Dine?' but the did showcase some new material which was very much in the same vein as the old stuff, before finishing up with an encore of 'I Came Out the Womb An Angry Cunt' and a rockin' number.
So, not a great night for purists, or people prone to dying in hot weather, but a great night for Kreepers and the Midlands scene. Roll on the next one!
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Ha ha - Posh Grit Love it!!
Christ it was hot, but what a great night. All bands did extremely well under the rather "warm" conditions, but in my eyes it was a success.
Thank you to those who turned out and hopefully we shall see you next month for our second birthday with the Texans....
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