Maximum RnR, The Dementias and Vincent And The OnePotts
20th July 2012
Adrian Bloxham managed to catch the first night of the Maximum RnR tour the other day – and quite a night it turned out to be.
It’s VoodooGoo’s second night, there’s old punk rockers stood having a fag outside, a bunch of psychobillies chewing the cud in the second bar. There’s a rude boy in his cherry red docs and two tone teeshirt. There are pretty little punkettes, Goths, Pagans and everyone in between. It’s shaping up nicely.
Vincent And the OnePotts are Ramones rock’n’roll with a dash of good time Thunders and Hanoi Rocks thrown in. They are from just up the road in Birmingham. Resplendent in brothel creepers, drainpipes and guitars slung oh so low. They make me feel young. Their music rocks and rolls and Russ sings like he should. A great feel good band and well worth a listen.
More people come into the room. The Dementias are from here in Coventry. Four original punks that most people here either know, smile at or have seen around for years. They are dressed in convict outfits and play straight ahead classic punk. The first song.. ”ËDo You Remember 1977?’ Is pretty much a call to arms and they go from there. It’s not thrash and it’s all the better for it. They know where punk came from and have dug into the same roots. One comparison I heard was that the songs were like The Damned New Rose”Â¦not a bad thing in any way shape or form. Four guys having a ball and dragging us along with them.
Now throughout the evening there’s been a guy, looking a tad frazzled, wandering around the venue, dancing to the bands, in jeans and a denim cut off resplendent with a Manowar patch on the back, his hair is a mop of sticking out curls and a bemused, amused look on his face. He is the lead singer of Maximum RnR, and he is about to explode.
Maximum RnR are from Toronto Canada. There are three guys on stage. A bassist with the best muttonchop moustache this side of Lemmy with long hair, a DOA teeshirt and looking dangerous. A half oriental guitarist that has another fantastic moustache and a baseball cap, he doesn’t look as dangerous but I’m not taking bets. The drummer, looks like a geek, no hair and a beard, black glasses and black metal tattoos, Venom feature strongly. The guy with the untamed hair is trying to get the microphone to work, it clicks on and he says ”ËAh now you guys are in trouble”Â¦’
At this point he is standing in the middle of the floor with the band behind him on stage. That doesn’t change.
They launch into the first song and it is glorious. They play like a band that has listened to far too much Black Flag intersprised with far too much Motorhead and everything between. It’s not thrash metal but it’s as fast and it’s not hardcore punk even though it does have the chops and the attitude. This is sharp as a razor blade and tight as my wallet. But the eye is drawn away from the band to the singer who is lying on the floor screaming out the lyrics. He makes this more than just another band. They seem to thrive on him moving and them making fantastic music, they are a solid unit behind him. The drummer can make a sound like an aeroplane landing all on his own, add to that the crunch of bass and swathes of guitar and you stand watching and start to grin.
The singer ends up by the end of the second song with his trousers round his ankles. He pulls them up and they fall down. He falls down and stays on the floor trying to sing and get out of his jeans, AC Speed and Fi from Dragster manage to get his shoes and trousers off as the music goes on and the rest of the gig is played with the singer resplendent in stripy boxer shorts and white trainer socks. Boxer shorts that by the encore have been pulled down numerous times by enthusiastic Goths and punks. The guy doesn’t seem to even notice, he sings, he insults, cajoles and greets friends between songs and is utterly focused on the music. It looks like a train wreck of a gig but the music makes it into a glorious triumph. They play the music they love and with no pretention of anything else. There is no moment when you shake your head and walk away, they command your attention for the whole time, they shine. Maximum RnR could be your new favourite band, they truly deserve at least a chance at that.
Maximum RnR UK Decay Tour:
Monday, July 23, 2012 @ The Dog House – Dundee, Scotland W/THE OSCENITIES
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ The Tunnels – Aberdeen, Scotland W/THE OBSCENITIES
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ The Grey Horse Inn – Leeds, England
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ The Maze – Nottingham, England W/GIRLFIXER, CHOKING SUSAN
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ The Boars Head – Kidderminster, England W/DRONGOS FOR EUROPE
Saturday, July 28, 2012 @ Witchwood Tavern – Ashton Under Lyne, England W/CHOKING SUSAN, WASTED LIFE + MANY MORE
Sunday, July 29, 2012 @ Adam And Eve Pub – Birmingham, England W/DRAGSTER/ DANGERS CLOSE
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 12 Bar – London, England W/RUST
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 @ Pipeline – London, England W/THE FILAMENTS
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 @ The Tavern – Blackpool, England W/DRAGSTER/ CHOKING SUSAN/ MARDI GRAS BOMBERS/ DOLLFACE
Friday, August 3, 2012 @ The Winter Gardens – Olympia Stage – Blackpool, England
All words by Adrian Bloxham. You can read more from Adrian on LTW here.