Editor's Rating

The whole day was a fun event to discover new exciting punk bands!

7.5
Rating out of 10

DROPTHIS plus Xup-Sup, Ted Dibiase and the Million Dollar Punk Band, Darko, Triple Sundae, Demon Smiles, Müg, The Pisdicables, Broken Banjo, RxR, The Dead Anyways, The Half-Wits and Matilda’s Scoundrels

Venue: New Cross Inn, London

Date: 4th June 2016

To celebrate the release of their album ‘Culture to Criticise’, Kent punks, DROPTHIS decided to host an all-dayer with a monster thirteen bands on the bill. It was meant to be more but Cereal Box Heroes sadly pulled out. Nevertheless, this was always going to be a long day of various types of punk-rock and crazy antics.

Hastings folk punks Matilda’s Scoundrels kicked the day off at the early time of quarter past one to a fairly empty New Cross Inn. Anyone who did watch was chilling with a drink in their hands. That aside, the Scoundrels opened with ‘Sinking In Their Sins’ and unleashed their usual mandolin and accordion fronted punk rock. The Hastings lads played mostly newer songs from the most recent releases, their split with The Barracks and the ‘Crowley’s Curse’ single.

We were also treated to some newer unrecorded songs, one that is about jousting, and then another called ‘Bones and Shackles’ before finishing off with their most popular track, ‘Pissheads Anthem’. It wasn’t quite as chaotic as we’ve seen the band play before, but it was a solid performance with decent sound, it was just a shame that not many people were there to see it. [6]

Matilda's Scoundrels live

Matilda’s Scoundrels

The Half-Wits followed that up with something a bit more aggressive. The Canterbury quintet delivered a barrage of ‘in your face’ hardcore punk. This set had a lot more energy from the performance, which sadly couldn’t be transferred to the still rather small crowd. The Half-Wits thrashed out punchy riffs and relentlessly fast intricate beats as the vocalist liked to stomp about while shouting about topics on Guantanamo bay and anti-fascism themes. The frontman also took a shining to jumping off various things like a table and the bass drum as well as pointing and shouting at the odd stranger that went past the window. [6]

The Dead Anyways performed a much lighter, but joyful set compared to The Half-Wits. It was more like melodic punk-rock with lots of hooking riffs and catchy vocal melodies, certainly a much happier mood. For the Bromley trio’s set did start to pick up a bit more with several more crowd members there to cheer then band on. The Dead Anyways liked to have a bit of banter with throughout the set, jokes about flying ants seemed to be a theme. It was rather amusing when vocalist Dave called out his band members in Demon Smiles for not turning up to watch his other band. [6]

London punks RxR were without a drummer for their set so they played a game of drummer-oke as friends and members of other bands playing on the bill joined in for a set of melodic punk rock and skate-punk hits. It looked like the rule was for the drummers to play fast and the rest of the band played fast with them. Starting off was DROPTHIS drummer Dan Atkinson for a song, then a friend Paul joined in for a couple more before vocalist and guitarist Danny Valve played an acoustic song solo.

Apparently none of this wasn’t rehearsed, but it looked like Steve from Demon Smiles know the songs well enough to follow the structures for a couple of songs. For the remainder of the set former RxR drummer Mike, now in Müg, filled in to produce more fast beats for energetic punk songs. Drummer-oke was certainly a new concept to us but it was highly entertaining. [7]

Broken Banjo were a little different to the rest of the bands on the bill. They produced some sort of blues-tinged punk-rock with lots of grooves, intricate segments and countless opportunities for the guitarist Liam Lynott to make his axe whine. The Medway three-piece threw in a couple of covers into the mix of their bluesy punk; including ‘Get Free’ by The Vines and a dragged out version of Queens Of The Stone Age classic, ‘Feel Good Hit Of The Summer’ where the drummer Mike Sewell started playing the song’s recognisable beat on the wall behind him.

There was noticeably less of a crowd than RxR, but those who stayed to watch seemed to like what was on show. Crowd members cheering and applauding after each song. To end the performance Lynott did the rock ‘n’ roll thing of making as much noise with his guitar as possible, while Sewell let off a couple of party poppers to go off with a bang. [6]

London act The Pisdicables provided The New Cross Inn crowd with a fine dose of ska punk for the afternoon. They were welcomed on stage to the biggest crowd of the day at that point. All sorts of joyful dancing and singing along ensued to the two-tone melodies. The floor was bouncing from all the skanking to tracks like ‘I Know, I know’ from The Pisdicables most recent album ‘Will We Never Learn?’. The ska punks threw in a cover of Rancid‘s ‘Old Friend’ for good measure, which certainly perked the crowd up even more than it already was. It was one of the most enjoyable sets of the day. [8]

Müg followed up with much faster and punchier punk-rock laced with intricate bass lines. This was another rowdy set full of people moshing around and singing along. The London punks were joined on stage by DROPTHIS frontman Jordan Harris for one song as well as RxR vocalist Danny Valve for another. Müg finished off their set with ‘True Believers’ by The Bouncing Souls which created quite possibly the best crowd reaction of the whole event. [8]

Brighton punks Demon Smiles took to the stage to have a fun time, performing a mixture of fast and angst-ridden pop-punk tracks. A couple of song topics included rejection and cat-calling. The band bantered with themselves and the crowd when they weren’t playing. The jokey comments from Dave that the rest of Demon Smiles didn’t turn up to watch his other The Dead Anyways returned. The trio continued a trend that was running throughout the day of being joined by another band member, RxR‘s frontman was back onstage yet again to perform a song with Demon Smiles. It was a cheerful set to watch with laughs all round. [7]

Xup-Sup live

Xup-Sup

Triple Sundae unleashed the second dose of ska for the day. Well, it was closer to shouty pop punk with a trombone than the obvious ska that The Pisdicables produced. It sounded like the more aggressive side of Four Year Strong suddenly acquired a brass section. Triple Sundae delivered lots of catchy vocal harmonies and segments that are perfect to sing along. That along with massive hooks and distorted riffs dominated your ears and triggered the first and only circle pit of the day as well as lots of singing and moshing. The London outfit certainly had the crowd eating out of the palms of their hands. [7]

Guildford act Darko brought the aggression back to The New Cross Inn with their hardcore-tinged punk-rock. Frontman Dan Smith took charge with ferocious shouts on top of a barrage of fast riffs and beats to match. The energy was high and crowd members bounced along to the relentless atmosphere. From beginning to the end Darko didn’t let up producing angry anthem after angry anthem and those who watched were loving every minute of it [8]

A band with one of the longest names we’ve ever heard, Ted Dibiase and the Million Dollar Punk Band performed without a doubt the most memorable set of the day, and possibly the most entertaining. The trio played an onslaught of aggressive and erratic hardcore punk with screechy vocals. The band had a gimmick of rich coke snorting bank robbers. Guitarist Mr Shrubsall threw bags of dust around that were meant to look like cocaine, he also chucked fake money about. The guitarist then put on a mask and “robbed” the bar mid-song with a toy gun and smoked a cigar before pinging condoms around the venue. The band even took a moment to open a bottle of champagne to drink mid-set with various members of the audience. It was all highly amusing. [8]

Hastings pop-punk outfit Xup-Sup hadn’t played a show in over a year with members performing in other bands, but the invite to play the DROPTHIS album launch show was apparently a good enough reason to reform. It was as if the band hadn’t taken a break, the same jokey atmosphere between joyful punk songs. The hastings lads pulled out old favourites and even their classic use of covering Metallica‘s ‘Master of Puppets’ to lead into another song. Catchy hooks followed more catchy hooks with equally captivating vocal melodies. After all, singing “Na na, na na na” is quite easy for everyone to sing along to. To finish their set, Xup-Sup covered Blink 182‘s ‘Josie’. Just like other covers throughout the day it went down just as well and was a great way to end. [8]

DROPTHIS live

DROPTHIS

Finally, it was left to the men of the hour. DROPTHIS finished off the night by performing songs from their recently released album ‘Culture to Criticise’. The Kent punks opened with ‘Escape From The Old Boy Network’, the first track on their album and then continued to perform catchy skate-punk hits one after the other. The crowd that stuck around danced and moshed and sang along to the words they knew. It was a happy end to the evening as DROPTHIS unveiled more new hits; including ‘Transmission Terminated’.

At some point in the middle of one track, vocalist Jordan Harris left the stage to get a tray of shots for “shot break”, and then once they had their shots the band continued with the song. Towards the end of their set, the quintet played quite possibly the best song from their new album, ‘Attack Of The Great White’. The song is definitely epic with lots of “Woah’s” repeated from the stage and in the crowd. It was great to witness how well the new material had gone down with the crowd. [8]

Overall it was a fun day for bands to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones, it was a great chance for people to discover new music too. We give a massive shout out to DROPTHIS and BeSharp Promotions for putting on the event. Also the venue for putting up with so many punks throughout the day. Every band here was worth checking out if you hadn’t already.

For more of each band:
facebook.com/dropthisuk/
facebook.com/xupsup
facebook.com/milliondollarpunkband
facebook.com/Darkoband
facebook.com/triplesundae
facebook.com/demonsmilesband
facebook.com/mugrocks
facebook.com/ThePisdicables
facebook.com/Broken.Banjo
facebook.com/RedRagFront
facebook.com/thedeadanyways
facebook.com/The-Half-Wits-197042873639728
facebook.com/matildas.scoundrels