classic fast, stop-starty punk in the manner of Buzzcocks and The Jam

After resting up from an afternoon of rock at Murphy’s Bar — The Lamps, Burning Sands and Golden Triangle all put on great shows — we were ready for the rigors of another night of rock at the Hi-Tone. And rigors there were: As Armitage Shanks frontman Dick Scum observed, “It’s fuckin ’ot in this joint, i'n'it?” Made up of five stylish men in white collar shirts and skinny black ties, the band played classic fast, stop-starty punk in the manner of Buzzcocks and The Jam. Scum provided snarly Cockney vocals, observing early on that “it’s Sat’dy night! We should be pogoing!”

 

The setlist included favorites like “Shut Up” and “Drowning, Not Waving.” The band sounded great, tight and enthusiastic. Scum introduced Bongo Debbie of Thee Headcoatees, wife of Shanks drummer Vic Flange, as a special guest on drums: “Thee fuckin' Headcoatees, and we married one of ’em!” (Technically, they didn’t all marry her, but we suppose it’s a communal achievement.) They covered the Television Personalities’ “Part Time Punks,” altering one key line to say that the titular punks have “got two-fifty to go and see Guitar Wolf tonight!” As their set ended, Scum enthused that this was “the biggest fucking crowd we’ve ever played to!”

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