178 Junction Road
London, England N19

'... a blaze of Who-shredding, Link Wray-regurgitating tuneful punk noise stomp. Each individual in this classic power-trio line-up has been in punk or garage bands for years and years and they rock with the joyful pure abandon of teenagers, pre-teens even. Childish is on his like 105th album of potent garage overload and it still sounds fresh and inspired. I recognise a lot of the songs from his solo blues show, but they're re-created as chrome-plated screamers. The crowd is in a froth, and Childish still breaks up his bullet-like momentum with hilarious anecdotes and that footstompin' acappella version of "John The Revelator" (hotly requested, as it turns out). It's instinct music - one chord, two chords, three chords, hey! All executed with such a skewed flair. They encore with a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire" with the solo breaks revisited as one-note abstractions. Wow! It's only fitting that the evening ends with the Buff Medways donning their military overcoats and giving us a crisp military salute. This is the kind of band that makes rock and roll worth taking seriously AND life worth living.' www.ink19.com

Added by mikepickard on March 29, 2006

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