The Globe, in Cardiff, had queues outside well before doors with people who were dressed for the occasion in the traditional steam punk type costumes. This gig was part of the bands 10th anniversary tour.
Ill Fate were the first band of the evening, and they played to a decent sized group of about 50 or so. The three piece punk band from South Wales have a ‘fast and furious’ style which was well appreciated. Their lyrical style is, like many punk bands, a combination of anti establishment and social responsibility coupled with drinking. Their short set was full of fun and enthusiasm, with plenty of ‘mandatory drink breaks’ between tracks. Rhys and Owen have great harmonised vocals, and their fast heavy drum beat gets the crowd going. They are well worth checking out when you get the chance.
Rhys – Bass/Vocals
Owen – Guitar/Vocals
Will – Drums
Second on the bill was Louise Distras. She appears on the small Globe stage with an acoustic guitar and a big voice. Her Nu-Punk is a delight to watch and listen to, and the crowd enjoyed her rebellious, socially responsible lyrics. She seeks audience engagement and manages to connect with the crowd as she steps away from the mic and introduces a song about the two most powerful thing in
the ‘multiverse’ – Love and Money. As her set draws to an end, she dedicates a song to her friend Vicky. We don’t know much about her, but she is often seen outside the Globe. Louise urges us to care for her, and people like her. Finishing her set with ‘Solidarity’, Louise sings of truth, love, justice, and human rights. She left the stage to huge applause – she had truly demonstrated why she is at the forefront of UK punk.
As always, while the stage was being cleared of surplus kit and readied for the main event – The Men that Will Not be Blamed for Nothing -, people who had hung towards the back for the support acts now started to move forward to get a good spot near the stage. The Globe was full and as they struck up their opening track ‘Brunel’ they had a massive crowd of backing singers to help. Fists pumping the air, it was easy to see that this band may not be “main stream” but they have gathered a huge following in the 10 years they have been together performing and recording their old school punk rock. they started chronologically – talking tracks from their albums, some they are retiring from their live shows, and some they will keep.
They do not take themselves seriously. They are full of jokes and generally entertaining each other as well as their numerous long standing fans in the audience. They have lyrics to offend, to entertain and to join in.
The Cardiff gig took place just a couple of days after comedies Ian Cognito passed away on stage. Andrew O’Neill (guitars/vocals) took the time during the show to read tributes that has appeared on the internet in the days since – bringing a macabre humour to the show. Perfectly in keeping with, not only the band, but also the man to whom hey played tribute. They also dedicated their most brilliant drinking song ‘The Gin Song’ to Cogs.
To listen to their music, you need to hear their lyrics. Poking fun at society, observing life, reflecting on history, and generally humorous. definitely not for the faint-hearted, they are punk, as it was meant to be.
The band ‘encourage dancing’, however, there isn’t much room for that in the packed venue. They will have to settle for fist pumping and general ‘jigging about’ and the assault on our ears continues. With their dark lyrics and dark humour, they poke fun at anything and everything.
They slide a couple of covers into the set
– Chas ’n’ Daves ‘Thats What I like’ and the Kinks ‘Victoria’. Both brilliantly done, leaving any doubters clear that the bans really are a talented bunch of, what they call themselves (and the audience) – weird, horrible people. that may be so, but they dio, what they do, very, very well.
At the end of the main set, they vanish. They must have heard the crowd begging for more, because they swiftly returned for their four song, well deserved, encore.
If you haven’t seen them – ask yourself why not, then find a gig to go to. You will enjoy it.
ANDREW O’NEILL: guitars, vocals (raw), radical politics (roar), inappropriate swearing (c***).
GERHARD ‘ANDY’ HEINTZ: Vocals (sore), additional instrumentation (saw).
MAЯC BUЯЯOWS: Guitar (bass), voca
JEZ MILLER: Drums (rhythm), overall mood (blues).