9th December 2011
There was certainly a buzz in and around the main room at 53 degrees, which is beginning to feel like the Buzzcocks’ second home. You may never see a more diverse collection of people than those at a Buzzcocks gig, ranging from middle aged men eager to relive the punk movement to the younger generation who just want to see a quality band.
The support slot was filled by the geniusly named Bob Bob Bob & Bob. They too have recently found a new lease of life and started touring again after just short of a 20 year break. Describing themselves as ‘Billy Bragg meets Slade’ they didn’t disappoint. Their punk inspired anthems proved to fit in perfectly with the majority of the crowd, even if most didn’t quite relate to the dry Birkenhead banter between songs. Thin Line alongside Dumb Down standing out as highlights of the set and opening perfectly for the much anticipated headline act.
As the enigmatic four piece strolled onto the stage, you could have forgiven them for just playing Singles Going Steady through track by track. This was not to be though thanks to the constant stream of studio albums that could of been picked from. Pete Shelley again proving he still has it as he chimed his high voice into the opening song and Steve Diggle, on lead, had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand from start to finish. Promises and What Do I Get? proving to be a hit down at the front and the appreciation quickly spreading to the back of the venue.
Buzzcocks, having formed in 1976, are still going strong (despite splitting up in 1981 then reforming in 1989) and their music is proving to still be relevant in these turbulent times today. Having written their name in punk folklaw finding inspiration from the likes of The Sex Pistols, no one was left disappointed. The two fairly new additons Danny Farrant (drums) and Chris Remmington (bass) putting heart and soul into everysong and further proof that this music really is timeless. Love You More had everyone in the room singing their hearts out and Diggle again playing stand-in front man was enjoying it as much as anyone. The encore was definitely worth waiting for as Harmony In My Head kicked in followed by, the one many had turned up to see, Ever Fallen In Love then finally Orgasm Addict. Buzzcocks left the stage to rapturous applause and surely it won’t be long before they grace the stage of 53 Degrees again.