When I turn up at The Georgian Theatre I’m surprised by the distinct lack of people in attendance. However, and thankfully, people appear in time for local band The Filth who first unleashed their punk-rock sound onto the world in 1979.
Full of passion and attitude, they start the night with an energy that doesn’t let up until the last note of their set as they deliver songs both old and new. ‘Freedom’ and the superb ‘Rise Of The Mods’ (1979) blend perfectly with ‘Punks and Skins’, and ‘Land That Time Forgot’ from 2015’s The Spoils Of War EP and the more recent, soon to become a live favourite, ‘T-Town’.
Second band, Knock Off, deliver hard, fast, sing-along punk. Despite the catchy choruses and bouncy tunes, Andy T, Andy C and Lozz are full of anger as they blast through a set of songs covering the often sorry state of the country, the bullying of the working class by the powerful elite, the terror of Jack The Ripper and, of course, football, beer and punk-rock.
Headliners, the sometimes silly, often insulting but always loud, fast, tuneful, danceable and entertaining Dirt Box Disco, are on fine form tonight.
Despite the somewhat disappointing turnout – Dirt Box often bring in big crowds but tonight there’s perhaps 140 punters – the band give everything to their performance.
Whether this is the first time or the 100th time you’ve seen them, it’s a guarantee that you’ll be hooked right in by at least one of their many infectious songs.
This is a career-covering set with classics ‘Let’s Get Wasted’, ‘I Just Wanna Be A Girl’, ‘Peepshow’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Go Out With You’ from 2012’s debut album ‘Legends’, together with ‘Teenage Lovestruck Blues’, ‘Mirror Mirror’ and ‘Joyce’s Voices’ from 2018’s ‘Immortals’.
Singer WEAB.I.AM and bassist Deadbeatz Chris spend time in the crowd encouraging the general sense of fun/chaos. And of course, everyone loves to sing along to ‘My Life Is Shit’ and the finale which is ‘Dirtbox Days’: “We are Dirt Box, we are bastards and we love it!”
Dirt Box aren’t for everyone, but the vast majority here tonight will have headed home humming a tune with a smile on their face.