Bermondsey Joyriders @ Madam Jojo’s, London – live review

Bermondsey Joyriders
Madam Jojo's, London
May 24th 2012

Joyriding to the spirit of '77!

Punk rock heritage does not come much bigger than a night out in the company of the Bermondsey Joyriders ”“ Gary Lammin, Martin Stacey (ex Chelsea) and Chris Musto (Johnny Thunders, Strummer , Nico et al) as they launch their new album Noise and Revolution.

Madam Jo Jo is the prefect licentious venue for such an occasion and to jump start the packed crowd - the most gloriously stunning salutary temperous Miss Luna Rosa peeling off her layers followed by narrator Charles Shaar Murray introducing this live rockumentary.

And what a performance ”“ Martin arrives on stage and smashes a guitar before a note is even played and if that does not get your attention then there is a moustachioed ringmaster on hand with a flip chart and Mr Murray will keep you in line for the next 40 minutes as we journey through this pure punk tale. The boys don't hold back on dirty rotten guitar licks and big energy drums - this is really punk rock as it was supposed to be, dare I say thought out and arty but not up the its own arse and funny.

One of my favourite moments is during ”˜Right Now'. The band stop and then Musto takes out a camera and snaps the audience much to their delight - it's these intriguing twists and turns that set the Joyriders apart. They thunder through their storyboard set charting the legacy of being in a punk rock band and deliver a humorous and highly entertaining show as well as some singalong tunes.

If you have ever wanted to romp through the spirit of 77 then Bermondsey Joyriders are the best guides - true Brit gentleman punk rockers that is for sure!

Luigia Minichiello

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