Geoffrey Oi!Cott / Kleine Schweine / The Jackhammers : Leeds live reviewGeoffrey Oi!Cott

Kleine Schweine

The Jackhammers

Leeds Brudenell

live review

June 2013

The Brudenell is a great club. An ex-social club turned into a really well run circuit venue, where a good atmosphere runs from the top and the bands and the audience are made to feel welcome in a fab space.

A variety of bands play at the venue with many punk bands playing there.

Tonight is a real mixture of punkoid bands proving that the imagination in the scene is in rude health, even if it remains ignored by the mainstream, with each band crossing their punk with a take on some increasingly bizarre themes.

Scottish band the Jackhammers deal out short, sharp rushes of 1977 punk with an effective bravado in a set that includes a cover of The Valves long lost punk classic For Adolfs Only. It’s a neat reminder of the in your face, fuck you abrasive humour of old school punk rock and the songs rattle out like a machine gun.

Kleine Schweine are a demented take on eighties punk – sounding like an amphetamined take on the Dead Kennedys if they had grown up in East Europe before the wall came down. Their songs are written from the perspective of a band from that period trapped in East Europe – it’s pretty mental but also great with really good songs and a supercharged energy making their set really effective.

Geoffrey Oi!Cott take tonight’s theme laden bands from the sublime to the ridiculous. Dressed in cricket whites, they even have cricket stumps on stage. They sing songs of Yorkshire and cricket over roughshod Oi anthems that are mosh pit friendly and with a beer stained good will that makes them very entertaining.

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