Goldblade - The Hop, Wakefield
Just what the doctor ordered on a chilly West Yorkshire night: an evening of raucous punk rock in a cracking little Wakefield venue, The Hop.
First up were System of Hate, a bunch of middle aged blokes cranking out some straight ahead punk rock. No mess, no fuss, just solid, enjoyable music form people obviously playing for the love of it. A thoroughly enjoyable start to the evening. A slightly younger vintage were up next with Leeds' finest purveyors of political punk Kleine Schweine ripping through a short and sparky set of songs about Eastern bloc dictators. I’m not sure the crowd appreciated the finer points of frontman’s Neil Hanson’s antics but you’d have to be dead inside not to get any enjoyment out of such riotous band.
Having caught headliners Goldblade a couple of weeks earlier on their support slot with The Misfits, I was prepared for a set chock full of fan faves with a selection of songs from their upcoming new album, The Terror of Modern Life, thrown in for good measure. I was not to be disappointed. Kicking things of with 'Fighting in the Dancehall' was a great move even if there wasn’t much "Fucking in the street" by the crowd (it is Yorkshire after all and it takes a bit more to get people doing that oop north) but John Robb was his usual bouncy and sightly manic self and quickly got the small crowd on his side. With songs of the quality of ‘Strictly Hardcore’ and the rabble rousing newbie 'This Is War’ it isn't that hard.
After a stomping run through of ‘Psycho’, all semblance of objectivity disappeared out of the window as a few ladies from the crowd joined the band on stage for a rowdy run through of 'Riot! Riot!' (Among them was my wife who grinned madly throughout despite being caught in a rather sweaty clinch with Mr Robb.) After the ladies departed we were treated to a rip roaring ‘Do You Believe In The Power Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’ which had yet more audience participation as we testified to the power! The obligatory encores followed and concluded with a stage invasion as the band powered through 'My Mind Is Like An Atom Bomb'.
Bonkers, brilliant and utterly enthralling Goldblade showed the skill and power that surely deserves a bigger audience than they currently draw.