Date: 21th April 2017
Review by The Hun
If you like punk music and live in England then you should know about Oi!, one of the most British music genres ever. So when I had the chance to see one of the best Oi! bands nowadays in the historical venue the 100 Club I sad yes. It was obvious, because I’ve wanted to see Booze & Glory for ages, but I either had no time or it was sold out, and also, I’ve always wanted to go to the 100 Club where some of the biggest names in music history have played.
On the other hand it is hard (nearly impossibe) to write about an Oi! gig. Let’s just face the fact: the genre has its limits. I doubt that any band can show anything new both musically and lyrically. Don’t get me wrong! It’s not a bad thing, but this is the truth. There are two kind of Oi! bands from this point of view. One is simply bad and not many people listen to them, and the other one can only write anthems – the acts of the night are like this.
I got to the venue early as I was also interviewing Liam and Mark from Booze & Glory. The guys were super nice, offered me some beer and because I was thirsty, it was Friday and it was beer, I was unable to say no. You can find the interview here. The first band had already played and they’d warmed up the crowd which was getting bigger and bigger.
I started to get lost in the sea of shiny heads and even shinier boots. As one of the few people who didn’t wear any uniform for the occasion I tried to fit in somehow – so I started to drink beers. Even Oi! is a genre that makes you drink beers and more beers. A bit ashamed I have to admit that at this point I lost the professional level and got a bit carried away… I only left with blurry memories of the whole night but I know something for sure: I had fun!
Which is really easy with beers and good music about beers, the struggles of the working class, unity and football. The bands were good, tight and the whole thing felt really honest and this is what makes street punk special. The only thing I really missed was some good dancing.
No one really let themselves off at the support bands and only a handful of people did it on the main act, only at the hits like “London Skinhead Crew”. But mostly it was singing along and fists in the air. The audience was boring and I’m never gonna understand why. It was Friday night and it was an amazing gig.