LIVE: Sack Trick – Camden Underworld, 12/12/10
Never exactly widely known, more the stuff of underground rock mythology, Sack Trick have been rather notably absent for a while now, popping up only occasionally in the last few years. Possibly to prove that they weren’t just the product of some particularly strong cheese before bed.
Taking the stage resplendent in the familiar stripy prison shirts, and in singer / bass player Chris Dale’s case Kiss pyjama bottoms, anyone in the room not pre-warned should get at least some indication of what’s to follow as they launch straight into the flightless-bird classic Penguins On The Moon. Yes, it’s a song about penguins building a rocket ship (built with flippers instead of hands) and flying to the moon, and frankly, its genius and you know it.
Not having anything really in the way of new stuff to whore to the fans, Dale and Co can quite happily kick out the classics to what is not a capacity Underworld crowd but a very decent one for a Sunday night, who are nothing if not receptive. It’s hard to gauge how many of the crowd are actually here for them tonight, given that they’ve made the choice to be main support instead of headline, but there must have been a fair few given the roof-raising response to the announcement of a song about “Ice cream… Blue Ice Cream!”
Supporting late 80’s / early 90’s thrash veterans Nightlord tonight (an odd choice I must say, but then, they’ve got form on that front), as well as the usual Sack Trick fun and games such as bass madness for I Play Bass and two or three instances of the intro to Kiss’s Love Gun for no particular reason, we are treated to what they themselves have described as ‘Metal Trick’ – out with the keyboards and quietish bits, in with added widdle solos / death roar / etc on many tracks. Proof indeed that even these days, no two Sack Trick shows are ever really the same.
Leaving the stage to roars for more (it sadly wasn’t a very long show), I know the jury is still out on what some people call ‘novelty’ bands, but lets face it, Sack Trick still pack a hell of a lot of entertainment into a small space, and there’s a hell of a lot of rock-out songwriting in there too. If you ask me, the world really needs more Sack Trick. And penguins, a lot more penguins.