LIVE: The Bermondsey Joyriders – Camden Black Heart, 08/04/2014
It’s been far too long since your correspondent last had the pleasure of catching the Bermondsey Joyriders live. For some reason, for the last 12 months or so, I seem to have been out of town for every gig Gary Lammin and co have played, so there was no way I was going to miss this release party for the group’s new single.
First up though… Healthy Junkies open tonight’s bill and I have to say that this is quite possibly the best set I’ve seen from the London glam-punk mainstays to date. Whether it’s recent line-up changes or just added gigging experience since the last time I saw ’em I don’t know but they blast through an impressively tight and energetic half hour set taking in songs from both of their albums to date (Copycat and Witches of Lust being the highlights) before ending on a chaotic cover of Molly’s Lips by Nirvana. Good stuff.
Although not quite up to the same standard, Bubblegum Screw put in a credible showing tonight as well with frontman Mark busting out his best Jagger/Johansen moves as they hurtle through the likes of Second Class Citizen and Play Some Fucking Stooges. Like the Healthy Junkies, they’ve gone through a few line-up changes since I last saw ’em but the new lads seem to be settling in well enough so hopefully this is a good sign for the future.
There’s no question that the band most people are here tonight to see though is The Bermondsey Joyriders and as they blast in with All That Darkness, it’s a good reminder how much we’ve missed them while they’ve been away. Although they keep things relatively short and sweet tonight with a half-hour set, it’s still a satisfying slice of glammed-up street punk with old favourites such as Proper English and Part Of My Problem (re-recorded for the new single as Johnny Thunders Was A Human Being) rubbing shoulders with new numbers like Just Like Me and the excellent Flamboyant Thugs, the title track of their upcoming third album, while new single Brian Jones is, as its title suggests, a heartfelt tribute to the early Stones right down to its Get Off My Cloud indebted chorus.
Oh, and that new album? Well, the next Joyriders show will be a release party for that at the 100 Club in a few weeks’ time on May 9th. On this evidence, you should stick the date in yer diaries pronto if you fancy a good rock ‘n’ roll night out.