Vice Squad Dysphonia / Super Fast Girlie Show Continental, Preston
Disappointingly I only caught the last two songs of Super Fast Girlie Show, which was a shame as from what I heard they sounded very promising.
The Liverpool trio consists of two bass players and a drummer.
They play fast tuneful rock ’n’ roll with a gritty edge and showed an abundance of energy and power on stage.
Blackpool-based Dysphonia are a four-piece post-punk band who have a great stage presence.
Delivering a classic punk sound and attitude, you could detect influences from bands like Dead Kennedys, Magazine and Circle Jerks as they ran through their set.
A thundering bass sound was the backbone to the songs, with a singer that was as charismatic on stage as well as wandering through the crowd.
Dysphonia put on an entertaining show. Even when the guitarist’s amp blew they carried on playing and the track did not seem to lose any of its energy.
Not many bands can say it has taken 31 years to get from one end of town to the other.
Vice Squad last played Preston in 1982 at The Warehouse, now in 2013, they have reached The Continental.
Beki Bondage and the crew hit the stage to a less than packed crowd but that did not deter them.
From the opening riffs of Deviant it was evident that this was going to be a musical lesson of how punk rock should be played.
Ripping through classics, old and new, like Latex Love, Sniffing Glue and Punk Rocker they showed they still have the ability to ignite an explosive show.
With sing-along riffs and a two-finger salute they crashed through Punk Rock Radio, Stand Strong and Starvation Box like a hit and run with no signs of slowing down.
Vice Squad displayed an energetic performance that would not have looked out of place in the 80s.
Last Rockers produced a crowd participation with Beki and as they powered their way through a blistering set of punk rock anthems they even covered Motorhead’s Ace of Spades to boot.
Musically they are probably the tightest they have been.
The years certainly haven’t jaded their enthusiasm for a scene that is still as relevant today as it ever was.
Photos: Richard Nixon