Trib­ute to Macc hell­rais­ers will head­line town con­cert

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - DANIELLE ROPER

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

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