Meet the trio that are out to show city that Punk’s not dead just yet

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - MUSIC -

A lo­cal group of ‘old punks’ are help­ing cre­ate a thriv­ing orig­i­nal mu­sic scene across Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford, prov­ing that while Punk isn’t dead, it’s prob­a­bly ag­ing un­grace­fully!

The three friends, Matty, Jonny, and Krispy, have been bring­ing bands to the city for sev­eral years now, and their The Scary Clown Presents shows are gain­ing a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion across not only the UK, but also in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“We are now get­ting en­quiries from record la­bels and bands from the USA, New Zealand, France, and Swe­den. It’s crazy re­ally, we’re just three mates who love mu­sic who de­cided that rather than spend our money trav­el­ling across the UK to see live mu­sic, we’d spend it bring­ing the bands here,” ex­plained their web­mas­ter Kris­tian ‘Krispy’ Brown, who spends his days work­ing for a lo­cal mag­a­zine dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany, but his spare time or­gan­is­ing monthly shows in Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford.

“We found it hard to find a venue within Peter­bor­ough which is the right size and would ap­pre­ci­ate loud mu­sic, es­pe­cially with so many of the old tra­di­tional pub venues clos­ing down. When we found Mama Liz’s in Stam­ford, we re­alised it was per­fect for us, and we’ve had a great re­la­tion­ship with them ever since.

“We weren’t to­tally happy that most of our reg­u­lars – and our­selves - had to travel out of Peter­bor­ough though, so once we saw what Si­mon Ben­ton at the Os­trich Inn in North Street was try­ing to do for the lo­cal mu­sic and art scene, it made to­tal sense to join forces to put on (free) shows at his pop­u­lar town cen­tre pub.

“That has al­lowed us to ex­pand from six or so gigs a year to more like a dozen, bring­ing smaller, mostly acous­tic shows for free, sav­ing the larger nois­ier gigs for Mama Liz’s.”

The col­lec­tive are firmly un­der the ban­ner of ‘DIY Punk’, which is all about putting on shows with mostly un­signed bands, who play for the love of mu­sic and putting on a show rather than mak­ing money, of­ten while rais­ing money for dif­fer­ent worth­while causes. Their Christ­mas party show col­lects choco­late bars for the Peter­bor­ough Soup Kitchen, and a big show in April will help raise money for the Ex­otic Pet Refuge in Deep­ing St James.

Don’t let the ‘Punk’ tag put you off though, as the mu­sic of the shows can be pretty di­verse, from the ur­ban soul sul­try tones of Lilith Ai, through the grav­elly voiced delta blues sound of Tim Hole­house, to the pop-punk of the USA’s Airstream Fu­tures.

Their huge 15 band all-dayer in June will even in­clude Peter­bor­ough poet and bat­tle rap­per Mark Gist.

“Af­ter hear­ing one of Mark’s amaz­ing po­lit­i­cal po­ems at an event at the Stoneworks bar last year, we re­alised he would fit right in at one of our events,” Kris­tian ex­plained. “We feel that ‘sleepy’ Peter­bor­ough needs to wake up again. It used to be a thriv­ing place full of mu­sic venues putting on orig­i­nal mu­sic, but as pubs have strug­gled, so has the mu­sic scene. While we re­spect the lo­cal cov­ers bands, there’s noth­ing more ex­cit­ing than see­ing a new en­er­getic band play­ing their own heart­felt ma­te­rial, and who knows, you may be able to tell work­mates and fam­ily that you saw the next big thing down the lo­cal pub, when it was free to get well be­fore they ‘made it big’. At our gig nights you can come and chat with the bands be­fore and af­ter their show, and buy mer­chan­dise at al­most cost prices. Who knows you may just find your new favourite band of all time at the next SCP show?”.

The col­lec­tive is not tak­ing it easy, as they rec­og­nize that Peter­bor­ough is chang­ing, with more cul­ture and arts events start­ing to gain a foothold in the pubs and venues of the city, a time to try and bring new peo­ple to their gigs, to dis­cover new mu­sic. “The more peo­ple we can get out en­joy­ing orig­i­nal live mu­sic, the bet­ter for ev­ery­one – us, the bands, and the venues.”


March 29: Greg Rekus (Cana­dian acous­tic punk) and Tim Hole­house (UK delta blues) at the Os­trich Inn. Free gig, from 8pm. April 28 : The Scary Clown Presents… all-dayer and ve­gan BBQ @ Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge. 2pm – mid­night. Fea­tur­ing Wonk Unit (London) and Rag­ing Nathans (USA) plus five more bands.

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