PLUS: WOAH NOWS, HAPPY ACCIDENTS UNDERWORLD, LONDON. 30.11.16 WHAT A YEAR IT’S BEEN FOR THE EXETER INDIE-PUNKS!
In a year of political upheavals that have seen mistrust and frustration cloud being excellent to each other, it’s easy to lose heart. Fortunately, the UK DIY scene is currently teeming with bands who are kicking up a take-no-shit racket that bursts with positivity.and, tonight, Muncie Girls emphatically knock any dark clouds into oblivion.
another band that seethe with positive attitude are appropriately-monikered openers Happy accidents. Even as frontman Rich Mandell addresses social anxieties in punky tunes like Quiet, the band’s sheer cartwheeling energy sees him pogoing around his bandmates while dishing out serrated licks. Meanwhile, Plymouth trio Woahnows put the POWER in power-pop, as Mess goes off like a 50 megaton blast of good vibes.airing mostly new songs tonight, tropical’s floor-stomping rant against sleazy boys in bands is both furious and full of hope for a brighter future.
“This is absolutely mental to be playing our own show here,” admits Muncie Girls frontwoman Lande Hekt in chuckling disbelief. But if she and her band are nervous about playing bigger venues on this tour, they don’t show it. Drummer Luke Ellis is a clattering whirlwind during Railroad, while Dean Mcmullen’s stuttering guitar stabs throw Everyday into hyperdrive, and any accusations of softness are stopped dead by nervous, with the David Cameron-baiting line ‘You wouldn’t look them in the eye /You just left after you took what you needed’ spat out by Lande with particular venom.as the righteous rattle of Respect brings things home, there’s no doubt that this is vital punk-rock for uncertain times.
So, when the world is collapsing around your ears, you know what to do. Keep calm, rock on and listen to Muncie Girls.
Dean Mcmullen ran out of hair dye at a very inconvenient time The onstage barbecue was a really off-putting idea