Tribute to Macc hellraisers will headline town concert
THE MACC Lads may have hung up their instruments but their mayhem marches on through Scandinavian tribute band the Mokk Lads.
The band, with two Norwegian and two Macclesfield members, will headline the Swan With Two Necks pub’s annual music concert on January 23 for the third time, playing covers of the town’s most infamous band.
They also supported the Buzzcocks at the largest punk rock festival in Norway: Kamelrock, in 2014.
Haavard Gulbrandsen, lead singer, or ‘screamer’, said: “When I got pints of beer thrown at me there I thought, okay, they know the Macc Lads!”
Developing a love for the band in their 1980s heyday, Haavard, 44, credits them for his ability to swear in English.
The father-of-three, also a founder of Macclesfield Town Scandinavian Branch Supporters Club, said: “I was a huge fan. There is punk rock music in Norway but nothing like the Macc Lads.
“I talked to a friend, Mike Griffiths, who used to run the football club’s website, about how cool it would be to set up a tribute band and the next thing I knew the Swan With Two Necks were on the phone asking me to play there.
“I said: ‘But I don’t have any band members!’ But then I found some and we did our first gig in 2013.”
He added: “We don’t practise, just drink and go onstage.
“They have better ale in English pubs than in Norway. We’re going to set up a bar onstage so we can drink between songs.”
Made up of Haavard, bassist Ole Bernt Krogst, guitarist Nigel Burrows and drummer Bob Pears, the band have had good feedback from their idols.
Haavard said: “The Macc Lads said we were the coolest thing ever since they played.
“Al O’Peesha, a.k.a Peter Bossley, and Stef Stix, a.k.a Howard Mimms, were onstage with us last year.
“I love performing, it’s the only time I can just be annoying and swear at people.
“You know if the crowd are throwing beer at you it’s a success.”
Despite never having met lead singer Muttley McLad, a.k.a Tristan O’Neill, the Mokk Lads hope he will come to the gig and have sent him a ‘No Elk til Horten’ T-shirt, their version of the Macc Lads’ ‘No Sheep til Buxton’.
But Muttley said: “I’m too fat for T-shirts now.”
He gave the band the thumbs up though, saying: “I think they’re just as good but better looking. “In fact they’re probably better, as we were never very good.”
●● Haavard, with Bob, Nigel and Ole of The Mokk Lads
●● Ella Randles in the pictures, taken by Simon Wright