The Nuts & The Ball-zy
Nice combo. Lots of kids slamming it with hardcore punk, no wave, indie and jumpy ska sounds, providing us visitors with a fairly enjoyable (often in a sick, distorted way) evening.
We saw some head-banging and some crowd-surfing, some plain plaid shirts and baggy T-shirts coming off to reveal cutsy laced bras. No objection here.
Where we do, however, object, is nowhere really seeing all that bad ass energy channelling towards a band's originality.
We like young lads feeding off their idols, musically (though we do object to the concept of idols itself); but one's you're done with your basic compulsory sonic breast-feed, why not shake off the attachment? Why repeat an era, and not create your own?
And Thrush Metal... We liked the girls' unconventionally rock repertoire, but their we-don't-give-a-fuck attitude could be more convincing. Bringing back The Runaways' or The Silt's subversively sexy/ballsy rock in 2011 is hardly a revolutionary act.
How about getting to grips with the fact that what is done, girls rebelled and girls won. We've "shown them"; it's time we showed them more.