ST.ALBANS THE HORN
I’d not seen them back in the day and always regretted it. In the early 80’s, Anti-Pasti were out there with The Exploited, Discharge, Chron Gen and others, leading the charge to prove that Punk wasn’t dead ââ it had just changed.
They’d only released 2 albums (The Last Call and Caution in the Wind), but there was a rich catalogue of tracks that were powerful enough to make them my pick of that bunch.
Their return was a glorious success and wonderfully received. Martin Roper had a stage presence which belied the long years away ââ his energy and enthusiasm was clear to see and hear. Right from the start, opening with âThe Last CallâÂ, there was no evidence of any rust, nor of any loss in that 1980’s Punk energy and spirit ââ I already knew it was going to be a special night and there was also an air of excitement and expectation throughout the crowd, some of whom weren’t even born when âThe Last CallâÂ was released.
Past fan – favourites like âAnother Dead SoldierâÂ, âLet Them FreeâÂ (dedicated to all âPasti-HeadsâÂ in the crowd) and âSix GunsâÂ were delivered which real passion and they even managed to throw in a couple of new tracks for good measure (âI See RedâÂ and âVive CheâÂ).
The best were saved \’til last though ââ âNight of the WarcryâÂ and the classic âNo GovernmentâÂ turned the dancing Punks down the front into a frenzy of delight, ahead of two encores which saw another rendition of âAnother Dead SoldierâÂ, âI Wanna Be your DogâÂ (that Stooges classic) and another final barrage of âNo GovernmentâÂ.
At the end, I knew the journey down from Manchester had been completely worth it, as did those who’d also made special trips from places like Welshpool, Peterborough and the loyal fans from the band’s hometown of Derby.
Onwards and upwards to Rebellion, The London Punk Festival and who knows what else after that?
The night was complete. And perfect. It left me remembering why I loved Anti-Past and why I need to see them again. Soon.
Lawrence Chapple-Gill ââ Manchester
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