I ended up doing the stage management at the Dead Kennedys gig at The Academy in Newcastle last night so thought I’d review the event.
First on were Newcastle’s Crashed Out. I have seen them so many times now but first time with their new drummer who is pretty damn good and gave the sound an extra edge. I think they’ve been doing the same set for too long now but with time more people seem to be familiar with the material and the crowd response was enthusiastic and there’s no doubting that they’ve got the set down to a fine art. My favourite track is ‘Fat Punks Don’t Pogo’, well worth a listen. Hopefully it won’t be too long before they record some new material with their new drummer.
Second up were tour support Guns On The Roof from Leeds. A young punk band who I’ve seen several times before but never been particularly impressed by. However, things finally seem to be falling into place for them and they were hugely improved, helped no end by their charismatic new singer. Unsurprisingly being in their early 20s they are influenced by the more recent American bands and they seemed to be better received by the younger audience. This tour support should help them loads but without the support of a good label I wonder how far they can go?
The Dead Kennedys had just two original members: East Bay Ray and Klaus Flouride, plus two new members: Skip on vocals and Dave Scheff on drums. Working with them was a total pleasure, no egos, tantrums or the bullshit that you so often get with the older bands, four nicer people you couldn’t wish to meet.
So to the show. This was only the third show with this line-up and it unfortuately showed. A few of the songs suffered from flase starts which was sloppy. New singer Skip did a very good job – sure he ain’t no Jello but then I was pleased he didn’t try to be. They did all the obvious songs apart from Halloween but at about 65 minutes the set could have been longer.
I thoroughly enjoyed it but opinions were divided, some people didn’t.
As this will probably be their last UK tour if you get the chance to catch one of their last few shows I recommend you do.