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Punktoberfest 8: Get Slaughtered in Dundee

It’s Day 2 of Punktoberfest, it looks like the venue has survived, but not so sure about the punk rock punters! There are two Stages today so we get the pleasure of 19 bands. The crowd won’t miss anything as the bands will play continuously without any slot clashes, nearly 12 hours of solid music!   Punktoberfest 8 – Events Page

Aye Hobos – have the honour of kicking off day two. The good ol boys are set for some shit-kickin country-punk. They run through their set which includes Little Ol Wine Drinker Me, Ring Of Fire and a cracking version of These Boots Were Made for Walking. These’s a good showing from the crowd who show they’re appreciation for band covering this early slot. FACEBOOK

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Killjoy – it’s over to Stage 2, which is literally through a set of double doors so not far to trek to catch these youngsters. We go from the oldest to the youngest band of the day . The boys kick off with Ketamine Dream. The indie/punks also have a real flavour of Seattle grunge. It’s a raw but eager performance, what Punktoberfest is all about. FACEBOOK

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Distorted Vision – take the main stage and Mark Tansey (Vocals) needs to watch he doesn’t crack his head on the low stage ceiling! Right from the off the band are tight and the self titled Distorted Vision has the barrier filled. Anti Hate, Butterfly Effect and Stand Firm are some of the favourites played. The heats rising as Mark strips to the waist. The first of a few anarchro/anti-establishment punk bands to play today, it’s been a cracking set.  FACEBOOK

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The Overbites – we stay on the main stage as this exciting new band from Dundee are up next. Currently recording their debut E.P. we get to hear the tracks before they are released. With just a handful of gigs under their belt, they already have a buzz about them. The music is very accessible and the lyrics personal as MuzzEh (vocals/guitar) writes about his life and experiences quite literally. The soundtrack to his bands struggles is very engaging. The feel of early Rancid/US – Irish Punk runs through the set and the musicianship on display is impressive. All four members play a considerable part in their sound. The tunes are short and snappy with great guitar interplay between Sam (Lead Guitar) and MuzzEh. There’s some cracking bass runs and dynamic drumming from Matt (bass) and Jim (drums). After a minor delay due to a broken string (which is resolved by Frankie from Sunday Punk Club) the band round off a well received performance. FACEBOOK

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Dischord – the next band up on Stage 2, all the way from Blackpool, have a near capacity room to greet them. From the anti-war song Total Death to Killing Christ, the band are not here to tell you what to think, but to ask a question, Peace or War – War or Peace. White Feathers begs the question of the room. Chris (vocals) launches in to the crowd and gets up and personal with everyone willing to front him. It wouldn’t be a Dischord day without Seaside Suicide and Chris loves Scottish audiences having played Edinburgh and Glasgow last weekend. Well worth the journey north, the band have smashed it today. FACEBOOK

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Doc Rotten – are the furthest travelled band to take the main stage today. They bring their infectious brand of punk rock all the way from Trenton New Jersey in the USA. Straight up, we get a song which gives a shout out to Joe Strummer and Joey Ramone  as Wes (Vocals/Guitar) sings about the punk legends in the opening song Brass Tacks. Singing of revolution, the band are an instant hit with the audience. The energy in the room has just doubled.  Gates and Listen Up follow on back to back and just before Mind Control the band share a story about getting the finger from an oncoming driver as they crossed the border earlier, they knew that Scotland would be a blast right from the off! The show ends with an energetic version of Listen Up where Wes screams “Punch em in the skull”!!!! There’s nothing but admiration in the room for the band so no chance of that. The band will make their way to Holland and Germany after this but they are buzzing as they leave the stage. FACEBOOK

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Subvision – within seconds of Doc Rotten finishing, the onslaught next door begins as the crushing guitars and heavy drumming signify the fife thrash/metal/punks are in town. Withers and Dies is first up before Drones and New Alcatraz. They are all equally well received from the busy room, it’s near capacity as the popular fifers push the PA with their drop tuned dynamics. There’s new material being aired today and with on-going recordings, this means there will be some offerings soon. Meantime, Bring the Bollocks Back is brutal and followed up by a great cover version of Death Watch Beetle. New track Escape Route has some great guitar intro work before killer toms crash in complimented by Bev’s guttural tones and the driving guitars. After Army of Clones and Deep Divide, the set finishes with an old crowd favourite, Your Country Doesn’t Need You. They came, they saw, they slaughtered, another crushing performance but the crowd loved it. FACEBOOK

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Kickback Generation the Northeast of England political punks start their set with the song of the band name Kickback Generation and get the sing along atmosphere off to a start. There’s some great lead guitar work in the opening song. The drinks flowing now and this suits the band to a tee. When not fighting the establishment, they like to get drunk! Burnout and School of Hard Knocks give some indication where the band are coming from. With Latch Key Kids up next, there’s some definite old school messages delivered with some good old fashioned punk rock tunes. In his broad NE accent, James (bass) introduces The Life I used to Know, a look back to his formative days. With the message of “One Tribe, One Family” the next song is of camaraderie with the wearing of Dr Martens Boots being the common denominator. A rousing version of Roots, Boots and Brotherhood keeps the theme going and the final song Cathedral Sky ends a cracking set.  FACEBOOK

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The Sunday Punk Club – are no strangers to Punktoberfest, The Sunday Punk Club keep the day moving along in fine style. As the crowd bounce between rooms, they hit the ground running with Trust Me. After a brief thanks, it’s straight into Down and there’s some real attitude in Peter’s vocals. One of my favourite track’s My Reality is next and it’s a real barnstormer as the crowd show their appreciation with a rousing cheer as Peter screams the intro to Freak. Frankie (Guitar)shows some frantic fingerboard work as he wrestles with his guitar. There’s no let up for the rest of the set as the frantic pace continues before Totalitarian and Victimised end the chaos as Peter shouts “I’ve Been Vicimised”.

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Hospital Food – it’s another band making their first trek up to Scotland, they’re no strangers to a few in the crowd as they are ever present at many of the punk festivals, so there’s a few friendly faces in the audience. With a 1,2,3,4 the band start the proceedings with the apt, Punks Not Dead. “How you doing Dundee” screams Ben (bass) as they fire into the set favourite Drinking All the Time. A song about Jimmy is up next as we hear about the ill fated lad. With a rousing whoa oh oh oh oh oh, there’s no break as we get right into Thick Rick. Ben takes a few seconds to introduce themselves and inform the crowd how they’ve played all over Europe but never in Scotland. New to the set, Armageddon has a heavy bass and drum to start with and the guitar fills in with picked notes and harmonics. Another new tune, User or Loser follows and sounds a lot like the later UK Subs material, with Ben giving his edgy bass a good workout. Nathan’s guitar chops out some great sustained chords and there’s real solid drumming from Badja. With some tongue in cheek humour about busses and shaggin, the next track Derek Shag’s Convicts Wives goes down well. Yet another brand new song, with lyrics only an hour old Tear Out The Pages of Your History gets it’s first live airing. The new material is well received before the set ends with old favourites Small Man in a Big World which has a flavour of classic Clash and Punk Rock Heart which goes out to everyone who’s made it today. FACEBOOK

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Armoured Flu Unit – one of the far travelled southern English band makes it’s Scotland debut tonight. With Fife born and bred guitarist Iain Ball, who played with Dundee band Exalt over 30yrs ago, it was his first gig back in Scotland since then. Armoured Flu Unit bring some Anarchy to the proceedings. Politically aware and not frightened of controversy where calling out the Government or the maltreatment of animals through testing or hunting is concerned. AFU look to educate and inspire awareness with their music and lyrics. There’s a proper old school look to the stage as the sponsors back drop is replaced with the bands back drops. It’s a great throwback to days gone by when bands would stamp their identity on a gig by hanging their artwork. With dark, heavy , crushing riffs, that Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath would be proud off, the thrash/anarcho punk, almost verging on metal at times is the backdrop for the relentless vocal delivery of Nathan Haywire. Crusading Nations is the first track unleashed onto the unsuspecting audience but it’s an immediate hit with the experienced crowd. Roll Out the Barrel Bombs, Cuntryside Alliance and This Machine Kills Fascists are stand out tracks but there is no fodder here. The power and aggression maybe the backdrop but the passion is unmistakable.The bands release “Cuntryside Alliance” has raised funds for HuntSabs. Harking back to the early days of Crass and Rudimentary Peni, the band bring it bang up to date with strong self aware messages. The DIY ethics run throughout the band and the audience are treated to a strong performance. With other song’s that include Spycops, English Heretics, No Comprimise and Apostate, there is some powerful material to check out when you get the chance. FACEBOOK

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The Eddies – the ever popular Eddies take the stage and with no ceremony crash into No Way quickly followed by the brilliant My Game My Rules which features on their recently released E.P. Still Takin The Mick. Already into their stride, “Oi oi oi” is the chant from Lee as 10% get’s it’s regular airing. Up next, the Eddie’s classic Punk4Life sees the crowd singalong to the popular tune. Another new tune from the recent E.P. Nowhere goes down well and it has certainly grown on me from my first hearing. Lee bemoans the heat on stage as it is almost unbearable and One of These Days see’s the pace quicken as the band rip through it. With a drop in tempo but not intensity, Streetlife has the lyric, “We are the boys from The Eddies, punk rock for life” an older song in the set but has had a new breath of life injected into it. After a great reception, the now iconic title track from their new E.P. Takin The Mick is the penultimate track before the band end with a song written by one time Eddie – Pete Ray (Subvision guitarist) who joins them on stage for an incredible version of Years Ago. As Pete joins in on backing vocals, we’re treated to an extended family performance that has further endeared them to the loyal crowd.  FACEBOOK

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Tripwire DC  – after an energetic performance next door, the crowd now make their way through to join the Punk/Reggae/Dub/Ska rockers, Tripwire DC. The eclectic four piece look like they mean business tonight, in a good way.  After two lively opening tracks Don’t Wanna Be Like You and Stand Up, from their Dark Alleys album, which sees great banter and interaction between David (vocals) and the audience. Reggae for The Rich Boys drops the tempo but has a mellow audience captivated. Strawberry Boy is up next before the marvellous Mr Reggae has the crowd dancing away. You get a little bit of everything with Tripwire DC and the crowd are loving it tonight. As Rich (bass) sings the next song, a song of Isolation, David does his best to relieve him of his shirt. Luckily, he only gets so far before the song is over! The tempo drops for Jesus Buddha Mohammed. Another cracking reggae based tune which shows off the dynamic of the band. The spirit of Punktoberfest is opitimised with the final song, Punk Farm. The story of this self styled band and the farm they rehearse on sees the crowd in full flow. A fabulous end to their evening. FACEBOOK

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IL Complesso – music has no language barrier, so these popular guys from Italy need no translators. The wild street punks from Caramanga in Northern Italy kick off with a manic performance of I Ragazzi. As they rip through their set, the energy from the band spills over the barrier and infects the crowd. Pietro Brero (Guitar/Vocals) thrashes around the stage with his fender strat riding high on his chest like a machine gun. Dario “Rude” Audisio (vocals) spends most of his time bouncing between the barrier and the drum kit. Not being fluent in Italian, the lyrics would be lost on me but not the music. Interludes of hard thrash and tuneful guitar picking, the band expel their boundless energy and musical talent. There’s really nothing like them on the bill so it’s a welcome treat to see a band like them. There is a well known cover at the end, the old Sham 69 song If The Kids are United and if that wasn’t enough to satisfy the now boisterous crowd, then a frantic version of White Riot ends the set. Prestazione sbalorditiva!!!! FACEBOOK

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Panic Attak – back to the second stage and the chilled out feel from the previous band in this room (Tripwire DC) is about to have it’s teeth kicked in as these Oi/Punk merchants bring their forthright music to Punktoberfest again. Having already played yesterday and earlier today in some other bands, it’s been a hectic time for some of the lads. There’s also a guest appearance from Mark Tansey of Distorted Vision. The Kids Don’t Care goes down well as the busy crowd settle in for some crushing punk. As if Kev (Vocals) wasn’t intimidating enough with his laced up boots, the looming figure of Mark gives the band a rather menacing look tonight!  Target On Your Back keeps things on track. King of Belfast is always well received and the guys relish another cracker of a gig.  FACEBOOK

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Potential Victims – possibly their favourite gig of the year, the “Pot Vic’s”, as they’re affectionately known, love to make the journey north for this annual treat.It’s their sixth visit. A few of the other bands have tried out new material this weekend and not to be left out, Dave “Spider” Spibey (Vocals) announces a brand new tune Die Hard. He’s no idea if he’ll remember the words as he wrote them in the dressing room. A bit rough but this is Punk Rock!!!! So, next it’s business as usual as we hear Hate Crime belt out quickly followed by the the start of a Revolution which sees the crowd well for up “burning down the constitution”! Highlight of the set for me, Smart Arse is played with such menace, Spider manages to break a string and begs a guitar from The Eddies axeman Steve. We get the de-tuned Potential Victim next as Simon Millin hammers out some lethal double kick drum beats. Tempo and intensity rises as Screen Burn rages into Population Mind Control which makes a rare appearance into the set tonight. After a powerful version of Acting Dumb we get the ever popular Punk Rock Police. Simon’s back with his killer kick drumming which signifies the seminal Chewing Gum for the Brain. A wild and chaotic performance tonight but no apologies are needed as this is what makes punk rock what it is. FACEBOOK

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Rotten Apples – it’s the final band of the night on Stage two and local heroes, Rotten Apples always draw the crowd. New track Thug’s Life is promised to be on their next album. A song for the Jakey’s next which also gets a shout out to some local punk legends in the crowd. The City of Discovery (Dundee) is the topic for derision by the band and they close the night out having a some great banter with the audience. FACEBOOK

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Surgery Without Research – it’s been a long and arduous journey for SWR to get to Dundee. Despite this, the band fire right into Somethings Can’t Explain followed by Thugs in Blue. The Anarcho Punks sing of “Police Oppression on the street” as the guitar mimics a police siren. Single release and another track form their recent album Birth/Lies/War/Death is next, Power Unpower. Religious Bullshit needs no explanation and the band get a good cheer before more anti-establishment in the form of Pig Government. There’s no relenting tonight and the guys have come a long way to get their message across. The song was dedicated to all Pig Governments everywhere. Highlights of the set for me Like Winter and It’s Hard had a more traditional punk rock feel and Jackbooting in the USA finishes a popular performance. FACEBOOK

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Slaughter II – there’s nothing quite like Edweena Banger and Slaughter II to end a great festival.It’s like we’ve been taken back in time to when guitars rocked and music shocked. Now I know, is the opening track and it’s hard to believe it’s a three piece on the stage and the power is incredible. Edweena’s guitar powerfully fills the mix as it swaps between lush chords and slick solos. Before we know it, Where have all the boot boys gone, remind us of the brilliance of the 70’s and the punk rock prowess of Slaughter and the Dogs. It gets better as a belting version of White Light White Heat is faithfully reproduced but with some sparkle. The bodies on the barrier stare in amazement as Edweena commands the stage during the epic solo. It’s Boston Baby next as the hits keep coming. With no relenting You’re A Bore sees the crowd singalong with the catchy chorus. More classic tunes as Hell in New York tonight brings another seminal solo to the fore. A new track from a new album, New World, demonstrates there’s more to come from Slaughter II and they’re not stuck in the 70’s. It’s time for more SATD’s as Runaway keep the crowd buzzing. East Side of Town leads into a charged version of You’re Ready Now. To finish off the night, The Bitch and Cranked Up Really High nearly give the crowd everything they’d wanted not before an encore and repeat of Where have all the boot boys gone as it leaves the crowd shouting one more song but as PT Barnum said, always leave them wanting more. FACEBOOK

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Punktoberfest 8 maybe over but there’s more to follow as a live recording was made over the two days and a CD/Download will be release in aid of local charity. www.anguscatrescue.co.uk

It’s early day’s but it looks like the planning for 2019 has already started and there are bands eager to fill the slots. It has a great relaxed atmosphere but runs very well with the help of John Cruickshanks (Beat Generator), his team of Bar Staff and Engineers Joe and Lee as well as the sponsors who have backed this festival. Tayport Tattoo Collective, Rainbow Music and Good Times Studio. Of course, the event needs the lifeblood of the eager audience and they made sure it was a success. Well done Andy Cochrane.

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