- The No Marks
- A Fish Called Bastard
- Andrew Cream
- Don Blake
Maguire’s atmosphere is buzzing for Antipop’s latest offering as Bolton’s pop punk DON BLAKE commence proceedings, the room filling quickly for their concise set of melody-driven punk rock. The first half of the gig feels as if we’re gearing up for something truly exciting. ANDREW CREAM then brings a refreshing approach to punk with his acoustic guitar, doling out the kind of music that makes you wish it was summer and not a freezing cold night in Liverpool.
Support acts swiftly move through sets as time is of the essence. Playing their first gig of the year, the huge ensemble A FISH CALLED BASTARD fill half of the room. Vocalists Jen and Cait stride about in front of an electrified audience, right in the middle of the crowd. The Warrington-based ska punk ensemble work through a perfect mix of relentless talent, which makes for a tough act to follow, but THE NO MARKS crush it with a ballsy, no-nonsense, pure punk performance.
Warmed up from an incredible line-up, crowds flood in for headliners FAINTEST IDEA, who are playing the penultimate gig of their UK headline tour. The rude-boy street punks from King’s Lynn – Dani (Bass, Vocals), Jack (Guitar), Bobble (Trombone) and Jack (Drums) – head it up without their usual band mates in tow. Despite them all being horrendously ill, the vibes and the beers are flowing. Bobble jumps around the room releasing roaring sounds from the trombone and the crowd are fanatic: the room is filled with both clearly devoted fans and apprehensive newcomers. Circling The Drain, a song from their forthcoming album Increasing The Minimum Rage, addresses the prominent issues of funding cuts, junior doctors’ contracts and the privatisation of the NHS: it’s a definite highlight of the gig and excites all of us for the release of the remaining videos in this trilogy. Sounding heavier than their previous work, Increasing The Minimum Rage also showcases Dani’s more aggressive vocal style and conspires to really get the crowd pumping.
Making their way through their album and playing old favourites such as Bull In A China Shop, Faintest Idea have the whole room skanking in no time. An intense ska punk experience indeed.
Georgia Flynn / @georgeporge13