One of the most influential bands of the 20th century, Buzzcocks headlined Sub-Sonic Live, playing to a London venue packed with fans young and old. The energetic set included iconic punk anthems 'Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)', 'Harmony' and 'Orgasm Addict', with the crowd going wild for the entire performance.
There are hardly any bands performing today that genuinely deserve the adjective ‘legendary’. Buzzcocks are one of those very few. Their achievements are staggering: one of the original holy trinity of British punk (with the Sex Pistols and The Clash), innovators of the independent record scene and genuine punk rock superstars who have been cited as inspirational by bands as diverse as REM, Nirvana and Green Day. Eight studio albums, over twenty singles and EPs, a constellation of compilations, covers by other bands and songs on film soundtracks and advertisements have put Buzzcocks among the top echelons of British recording artists. A Mojo Inspiration award in 2006 is just one of the many accolades they have received for their work.
Buzzcocks have been thrilling audiences for over thirty years. Once called ‘the Beatles of punk’, their music blends high-octane guitar, bass and drum power with heartrending personal statements of love won and lost or dismay at the modern world to create a unique catalogue of unforgettable and immortal music – music they continue to deliver to fans old and new around the world with undiminished passion and energy.
Buzzcocks have forged a unique relationship with their public and are deeply loved and revered by a global audience. They are simultaneously true to their original ideals and open to new ideas – a happy result of their own uncompromising and individual standing.
Over the years, generations of musicians have tried the Buzzcocks methodology and have made their own variations of it. Most are generous in their thanks to the band that started it all. Those impressed by the recent waves of 'punk' bands would do well to spend an afternoon with Buzzcocks' seminal pop treasure Singles Going Steady, consistently the band’s biggest seller and a masterclass in genre-busting songcraft. This compilation of their first UK Top 40 hits is a classic album in every sense, an astounding collection of stunning moments such as ‘Orgasm Addict’, ‘What Do I Get?’ the anthemic ‘Harmony In My Head’ and, of course, the song that has become their calling card: ‘Ever Fallen In Love With Someone (You Shouldn’t’ve Fallen In Love With?)’. These songs have been covered by dozens of groups in many styles, a testament to the originals' strengths not as slices of punk rock history but as examples of songwriting craft.
Buzzcocks are the true godfathers of punk-pop, having laid down that infinitely superior archetype. They are also a band with a past, present, and future. It is a history the group's members could never have imagined back in the hot punk rock summer of '76. Says Pete Shelley: "Looking back on it now, what's going on is like echoes of the Big Bang. You look around you in society and the culture; so many things would not have been the same if there never was punk rock. It's strange; it's like a science fiction novel. But to us at the time, it just sprung naturally."
They're still doing it, better than anyone. Sometimes the archetype is clearly the best. Buzzcocks – no. 1 in people’s hearts. Icons, superstars, legends.
Having impressed us with their energetic performance at Dot to Dot earlier this year, Sugarmen were the perfect choice to support Buzzcocks.
Sugarmen, are a powerful combination of infectious melodies and angst delivered with a sonic buzz saw. The band was formed in Liverpool by Luke Fenlon and Chay Heney who attracted the attention of Drummer Sam McVann and Bassist, Tom Sheilds. Their love of music is reflected in their record collections. From The Clash to Orange Juice. From The Strokes to Peace, from Parquet Courts to Alvvays. From The Velvet Underground to Wild Beasts. A good band, has a good record collection.
Having already supported Sleaford Mods, Paul Weller and Blur and making their festival debut at this year's Dot To Dot, they continue to attract fans and are fast becoming a band whose live set is known for its high octane delivery, drenched in energy and riffs.
Mick Jones (The Clash / BAD) liked the demos and produced ten tracks for them and Paul Weller donated his studio. Their debut single, Dirt, was released in April and was also produced by Mick Jones.
With their observations and poetic tales of youthful angst, newcomers Trampolene were another natural choice to support seminal punk band, Buzzcocks at Sub-Sonic Live in London.
Not so long ago, Jack Jones (guitar, vocals) and Wayne Thomas (bass, vocals) decamped from their native Swansea without a penny to share and move into a small flat in North London (new drummer Rob Steele still lives in Swansea).
When Trampolene take to the stage, they're playing for their lives. The songs have never stopped coming, but each set has been gradually supplanted by a newer set of better songs, the amphetamine-spiked bubblegum of 'Alcohol Kiss', the demonic urgency of 'Under The Strobe Light'', and the serrated powerpop of 'Imagine Something Yesterday'.
Welsh three-piece Trampolene's 'Imagine Something Yesterday', was issued on March 16th through Mi7 Records. The mini-LP is available an iTunes as five-track 'Pocket Album Two' and features 'Imagine Something Yesterday' / 'I'M On My Own' / 'Cinderella's Shoe' / 'Newcastle Brown Love Song' / 'Health & Wellbeing (At Wood Green Job Centre)'.
Following headline shows and support slots with Carl Barat & The Jackals in Paris & London, and a four-week-Friday-night-residency at London's prestigious KOKO for Club NME, Trampolene have just completed a new EP, It's Not Rock & Roll. The song has long been a live highlight and encapsulates the dynamics, power and lyrical wit of the band.
Trampolene's friends back in Swansea thought that the group had let London get the better of them. In fact, TRAMPOLENE have been in self-imposed exile, honing their set week in and week out. Occasionally, the odd moment of serendipity has come their way, giving them a glimpse of a world hitherto beyond dreams. A spot of casual work humping gear with The Strypes when they supported Paul Weller propelled Jack into the Modfather's dressing room. “Do you play?” asked Weller, handing Jack a guitar. He replied with a note-perfect rendition of Davy Graham's folk-guitar classic Angi.
Continuing the celebration of punk lineage and new music, Don Letts also DJed in the main room, joined on the decks by his son Jett Letts. The small bar was hosted by PINS' Faith and Lois, and DJs from the For The Record project.