MUN­CIE GIRLS

PLUS: WOAH NOWS, HAPPY AC­CI­DENTS UN­DER­WORLD, LONDON. 30.11.16 WHAT A YEAR IT’S BEEN FOR THE EX­ETER INDIE-PUNKS!

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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

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