To celebrate the release of their excellent first single Down By The Border a few days earlier, tonight the Crunch make their UK live debut. Comprised as they are of Sulo Karlsson (Diamond Dogs), Dave Tregunna (Sham 69 / Lords of The New Church), Mick Geggus (Cockney Rejects) and Terry Chimes (The Clash), I suppose it’s hardly a surprise the room is busy, but there is an excitement in the air beyond merely seeing a bunch of old heroes walking the boards again.
On the basis of the show they put on tonight, The Crunch do seem to be that rare thing in the supergroup league – a new band that are more than the sum of their constituent parts. Bringing with them a crop of new, exciting material, they are in the privileged position of being able to play with a new band energy, but still work the room with the confidence that comes from being experienced showmen.
Being their first UK live outing (in fact, it may be their first proper gig together anywhere), it’s inevitably not the slickest show, but they have the crowd on their side from the outset, and for the quality of what we get tonight, are quickly forgiven any hiccups. As you might expect, there’s punk rock in spades here, but the overall vibe is very much good time rock n roll, with even the odd hint of anthem in the mix, again all peppered with the relentless positivity that seems to power this band.
For all the new band vibe though, they’d be fools not to acknowledge their past, and we get a few crowd-pleasing choice cuts from the collected back catalogue to keep us on our toes, ending (quite appropriately given the new start) on The Clash’s Garageland.
All very promising, so definitely worth keeping an eye out for these when they return in the autumn with a full record and tour.