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Skeletal Family, Vince Ripper and The Rodent Show, live review

It had been a pretty hot day, at the end of a really hot week.  There was no sign of things getting cooler inside The Ruby Lounge, especially once the bands arrived.  An intimate venue with a reasonable crowd, considering the competition for footfall from festivals and other such events.  Not to mention the temperature rocketing. Vince Ripper And The Rodent Show put on a wicked appearance.  The stage rigged out like a scene from an old Hammer House Of Horrors film. Complete with a 3D video screen, skeletons, and sound effects, which all guaranteed to enhance the experience.

If you’ve never seen them before, VRATRS is definitely something to see. Vince Ripper plays a background MC set comprising cover songs from The Cramps and Alien Sex Fiend.  With live vocals and audience interaction with ‘lead throat’ Ratfink (ex-Alien Sex Fiend, UFX, Uncle Fester). The visuals and sound effects are in keeping with the act.  An act which in itself is a trip down memory lane.  It’s pretty much the only place you can hear live songs from the deep dark cellar of Punk/Goth history. Back from a time when Goths were Punks in leather and lace.

Tonight’s set was loud and every bit as good as the last time I’d seen them, at Whitby about a year ago. The audience, made up of old and new fans were not left wanting, singing and dancing along. If you’re a fan of the darker side of Punk, don’t take yourself too seriously and enjoy something a bit different, then these boys are definitely for you. Highly entertaining, catch them if you can….

Vince Ripper And The Rodent Show

Headlining tonight were the equally wonderful Skeletal Family. I have to admit to having been a little off their radar for a few years.  In fact, the last time I saw them was in 1983 at Coventry Polytechnic.  A confession I made to lead guitarist, Stan Greenwood after the show, whose performance tonight was faultless. Fronted by the irrepressible Anne-Marie Hurst, the band is as fresh as they have ever been, even having just completed a tour of the USA.

Anne-Marie is energetic, dancing throughout the set and driven by some of the best drumming that I’ve heard live for a little while now. Despite the heat and the distinct lack of a breeze, Skeletal Family put on a great show, and to hear classic tracks like ‘Last Train’ and ‘Promised Land’ after so many years took me straight back to those nights in Coventry, at ‘The Lanch’, beer, great music and the occasional near riot. Thanks, AM and crew, you made an old man very happy.


Skeletal Family  

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