By Jono Coote
December 17, 2013
Spending a few days in hospital is never a pleasant experience, and certainly isn’t helped by having the attention span of a fruit fly. Wednesday night comes around and I snap my arm in three places, paving the way for half a week of painkillers, surgery to have metal plates installed, and general bed bound boredom. By Saturday evening I am going half insane, so when I finally get dismissed I can’t resist heading into town with a head full of Tramadol, a lust for booze and a taste for live music.
Unfortunately having spent most of my day trapped in LGI I miss much of the TNS All Dayer happening at Santiago’s in town, but it’s heartening just to be out and with a bar well stocked with rum close to hand. I catch the last few minutes of Revenge of the Psychotronic Man in full swing, tiger face paint and potentially injurious crowd participation just as things should be. This is a good starting point to proceedings, and I happily set up at the back with a pint and a human shield/girlfriend combo who has this role down to a fine art by now due to numerous skateboarding injuries in the past. Wakefield stalwarts Acid Drop are up next, playing a solid set of 90s influenced punk rock. I’m not the biggest fan of melodic, pop influenced ska interludes, but when they rev up into ‘Fat Wreck mode’ then the energy is palpable. By the time Faintest Idea hit the stage the opiates/booze combo has gifted me enough pain release to manage an approximation of dancing, a well-timed nerve-ending dampener as these ska core street punk savages are one of the best live bands in the UK right now. Anthemic choruses and breakneck horn playing abounds, although I’ll have cause to regret my ‘dancing around pretending I’m Ash from Evil Dead and my sling is a boomstick’ at three in the morning when feeling starts to return.
Luckily I’m still riding high when Roughneck Riot launch into their buzzsaw blend of rock, punk and folk. While some crowd members are clearly flagging from an extended booze-a-thon, there are plenty of people still lively enough to keep things moving down the front while the band provide the perfect soundtrack to us getting another round in. In a genre in which it is easy to fall into hackneyed cliché, Roughneck have the song writing chops and musical talent to keep things interesting. If this was the evenings ending, I would have still left happy, but the folks at TNS don’t do things by halves so straight after Roughneck have closed their riotous set then they are followed by genre defying Leeds nutters China Shop Bull. Wasting no time getting started, their punk/funk/hip hop/D&B mash up is the perfect high note for the evening to finish on, with crowd favourites ‘Sandblaster’ and their cover of ‘Holiday in Cambodia’ going down particularly well.
When leaving a hospital ward after surgery, you may be tempted to go home, maybe grab a bite to eat, and then have a nice early night…but trust me, go to a TNS gig, grab a drink, and have a dance. Your body may feel worse but spiritually, and probably morally as well, you’ll have the high ground.