Two kings of the indie dancefloor unite for a warm, timeless take on 20th century pop and rock
London Camden Monarch
Here, then, is the still-beating heart of punk: no longer expecting to change the world, but going down fighting...
Scuzzy Surrey mallrats Jetpak arrive dressed in regulation skate gear, playing vicious sheet-metal guitar over steroid-pumped express-train rhythms, while two blokes desperately try to out-shout each other. Songs like 'Tightrope' strongly suggest they own everything by Bad Religion, Fugazi and Helmet, but they've got such a huge vat of excess energy to burn that you're soon caught up in the thrill of their righteous fury.
And then there's Southend's hardcore veterans Understand: skate gear, sheet-metal guitars, express-train rhythms and two blokes trying to out-shout each other. More of the same maybe, but harder and faster with songs about atom bombs ('Small Boy') and, in guitarist John Hannon, a man with the scariest voice since Dalek creator Davros. They've cast off their corporate shackles and their old Pearl Jam tendencies and tonight they're burning.
Here, then, is the still-beating heart of punk: no longer expecting to change the world, but going down fighting. On a skateboard, with a stick of Semtex, and making as much noise as possible.
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