Rock up, then punk it up in Obz

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DEATH or Glory is a punk re­vival show tak­ing place in Ob­ser­va­tory to­day; that it be­gins at 4pm is a bonus for any­one who was alive the first time around, be­cause I know they want to be in bed with a cup of tea by 10pm.

Or­gan­iser Le Riche Meyer aka Larry Suits says there is still a need for punk rock music within the al­ter­na­tive scene.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the live music scene in Cape Town pro­motes main­stream music, and there is very lit­tle hap­pen­ing for re­ally qual­ity bands and mu­si­cians who like it a bit rough around the edges,” he says.

“My friends and I (bands and DJs in­volved) de­cided to get to­gether and host this show along with An­to­nio, the owner of Trench­town Obs, for like-minded in­di­vid­u­als. I plan on play­ing nos­tal­gic ‘ 70s Bri­tish ska, punk rock, rude boy and oi music like The Ruts, The Clash, Sex Pis­tols, The Spe­cials, Toots & The May­tels, Sham69 and much more.”

Those bands cer­tainly bring back some fond me­mories for me; I was a teenager around the tail end of Brit punk’s hey­day. In the late 1970s, South Africa was still run­ning a few years be­hind the rest of the world, but the music did catch up with us.

Also on the decks will be Polly Chalmers and Rockin’ Rael. Polly will be get­ting the dance floor go­ing with punk clas­sics from the The Clash and The Damned.

“There will be splat­ter­ings of ob­scure punk from the ’70s and early ’ 80s,” she says. Other stuff you can ex­pect from her vault of 45s: Ner­vous Eaters, The Wipers and Dead Boys.

Rockin’ Rael will be sharing his love of bad taste and good music, blar­ing some rock ‘ n’ roll clas­sics and B-grade punk Low Meato, The Mon­sters, Turbo Ne­gra and The Hip Priests. “There’s gonna be hell to pay,” says RR.

Bands in the line-up are Alive At-Mid­night, Con­text Model, Ded End, Mud­slinger, and Swat­ting Bats.

Sounds good to me. Get on your bovver boots and head on down to Trench­town at 96 Sta­tion Road from 4pm. R60 gets you in, which is a bar­gain for this full line-up.

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