This was going to be a review of SpizzEnergi and the Rezillos but first support band The Franceens were so good that I had a change of plan and decided to give them a review just to themselves instead.
They didn’t even play on the stage, all their gear was set up on the floor in front of the stage taking up a big chunk of the dance floor, they kicked things off at 7:45 with some howling feedback as an introduction to the first track ‘Nothing’ taken from their CD “Stepford Smiles”. There was a good crowd in for their set with the venue about half full with plenty of people watching. One guy decided he was going to have a good time and took off his “Vice Squad” painted leather jacket and immediately started dancing (more like doing the front crawl the way he was waving his arms around) directly in front of the band. Next track was ‘Wish’ which mister vice squad counted down the intro for hopelessly out of time with the band. He then started getting right into the face of the guitarist and being a real nuisance of himself. Dan had the first of two runs into the audience now, the first saw him standing on the seats to the right of the sound desk thrashing away at his guitar to the people at the back of the room.
Back in the band area and it was straight into the intro of Bomb which was aborted after about 15 seconds when the vice squad pisshead fell over Naomi’s monitor and went flat on his face much to the amusement of everyone in the crowd. The band were totally unfazed by this and as soon as mister vice squad managed to peel himself off the floor they launched straight into Bomb again with Dan doing the second run up the centre stairs playing next to the merch desk. He went too far though and managed to pull the lead out of his guitar so it was a mad dash back to plug it back in dodging round the idiot who was swimming round the band.
They took time out to thank Chris Jones, the promoter for putting them on the bill and also to get a cheer for mister vice squad with “Lets hear it for this guy, the craziest motherfucker in the whole building” in the vain hope that he would leave them alone and let them get on with the gig, then Dan says “We’ve put the pink lights on just for his hair” and the pink pisshead mumbles back “it’s not pink it’s purple”.
Then it was back to the music with ‘Alarm’ which was another track taken from their CD, dedicated to the pink pisshead who was still in Dan’s face pretty much all the time. The pink pratt wouldn’t shut up when Dan was trying to introduce the next song ‘Storm’ about people who don’t turn up to gigs back in York. “Shut up for fuck’s sake, fuck off over there, someone buy him a beer so he fucks off” shouts Dan trying really hard to get rid of the pink plonker, eventually getting rid of him long enough to start the song.
“This songs about Nuclear war – this one’s going first” shouts Dan, pointing to the pink pisshead as they launch into ‘Attack’, another excellent track that was almost ruined by the pink pratt who got tired of hassling Dan and turned his attention to the drummer. He knelt down only inches away from the drum kit and despite Miles telling to fuck off at least 4 times stayed put where he was. One of the bouncers then turned up, grabbed him by the collar and literally dragged him away and dumped him in a corner with instructions not to bother the band again or he was out of the venue. As the track finished Dan says “Lets have a big round of applause for the guy who just got rid of that fucking idiot, thank you very much” and the whole crowd cheered.
A bit of a pause now while the drummer changed a cymbal, he smashed it during Attack so Dan filled the time by plugging the merch they would have on sale at the end of their set then with the drums back up to scratch it was straight into a blistering version of ‘Goddit’ followed by ‘Wrong’ a track written by their drummer.
Dan introduced the last song ‘Pledge’ with “This is a song about one man in particular, mister Simon Cowell who single handedly fucked the music industry. This song’s for him, he’s a prick”. As the track came to a close Dan took off his guitar and put it on some guy sitting on one of the benches, it was an opportunity to good to miss for the pink pisshead and he started banging away at the strings as the song finished. He then took the guitar off the guy and took hold of it himself but luckily the sound engineer had killed the guitar by this time. Dan came to get his guitar back from the pink pratt but he didn’t want to give it back, after a bit of ‘persuasion’ Dan got it back then gave the pink pisshead a big sloppy kiss on the forehead and that was it, the end of a stunning set.
Highlight of their set was the magnificent ‘Bomb’ with some brilliant bass playing from Naomi, Attack and Goddit were both pretty spectacular too. This is another band that I’ll definitely be seeing again. It was an excellent set without taking the pink pisshead into account and the way they handled the idiot and got on with the show was absolutely brilliant.