Anarchistic Undertones, the monthly offering from the same bunch of undesirables that bring you the twice yearly blow-out Punx Inna Jungle, once again managed to provide an amazing line-up and cracking atmosphere last weekend, despite a last minute venue change. Due to a booking error at their usual home, Antwerp Mansion, in Rusholme, south Manchester, the show which was headlined by French acoustic Folk-Punk outfit, Beng Beng Cocktail, went ahead in the Northern Quarter’s Dry Live.


Bristol boys Atterkop tore through their opening set and despite playing to a thin room, put in a performance worthy of a far larger audience, always the sign of a band to watch. Featuring members of One Shot and Private Gain these guys kick out bass heavy, dubby, yet fast-as-fuck Punk fronted by a vocalist who morphs instantly from the nicest bloke off stage into a completely feral presence on stage. Although this was one of their first ever gigs, Atterkop already sound really tight, as if they’ve been touring for ages, which is probably a product of a shared musical past, and we at JAM can’t wait to see more of them this summer. If not before, you can catch them at Bristol Punx Picnic or at the Dirty Weekend festival in September, alongside the next band, Paper Town. One of Manchester’s most interesting acts at the moment, largely because their music could find a loving home on such a diverse range of stages and line-ups, Paper Town include accordian and double bass in their arsenal, playing Punk tinged Folk, or vice versa. One part Billy Bragg, two parts The Levellers, it’s difficult not to be captivated by their warm sound and thoughtful lyrics.


Wadeye once again, simply defied explanation, as engaging as they are unnerving to be in close proximity to. The fact that due to a late appearance by Mr. Rogers the Trumpeter, they lacked their usual funky horn element until half way through the penultimate tune, did however produce an interesting result in the form of an awesome cover version of ‘Missiles On The Roof’ by Holiday. On the strength of this, we recon they should just stop playing their own songs altogether (or at least start naming them) and reform as a covers band. The sheer amount of gigging these boys have done has forged them into a reliably good act and this was no exception. The same solid rythme section, the same sick guitar, the same missing link on vocals, storming around the stage like a Rottweiler with an elastic band around his bollocks. What’s not to like? If you haven’t seen Wadeye already, and you should have because they’re complete line-up slags, then sort your game out; you wont be disappointed.


Headliners, Beng Beng Cocktail haven’t graced these shores in quite some time and after making the pilgrimage from France, had already played a banging show in Bristol the previous night. This, their second date out of four, on a whistle-stop tour of the UK found them more than up for it as they took to the stage. Distilling influences including Punk, Hip-Hop, Crack Rock, and Screamo, played through the medium of two acoustic guitars and one acoustic bass, into an idiosyncratic genre dubbed ‘Crystalcore’, BBC sound like no other artists currently around. The often sparkling, duelling guitar lines combined with the warmth of acoustic bass and unpolished, throaty Punk vocals really grabs your attention, as does their lively performance. Hopefully Beng Beng will be rocking our little Island again sometime soon and when they do, we at JAM highly suggest you go seem them!


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