, Bold Street
16th January 2010
Not so long ago Liverpool Antifascists organised their first gig. Politically
aware and conscious local bands agreed to play at this special event.
Before the concert a handful of neo-nazis/skinheads turned up in front
of Next To Nowhere, where the gig took place. After a discussion with
the antifascists in the large majority, the few shaved heads made an exit...only
to return a bit later. But they never kicked up a fuss or tried to pick
a fight – well maybe they wanted to - but they had no chance. They
didn’t disrupt the gig, but obviously no one shed a tear when they
made their final exit and the music could go ahead without a group of
people who probably share one braincell between them.
Mashemon played music that I would describe art noise with a political
conscience, or if you just want one word: great. I had never heard them
before and am glad I know them now. They gave away their CDs for free.
Even the CD artwork is full of wit and has message.
The Wasters were all but a waste of time to watch. They are a fresh,
electrifying punk band who show that they are punks not only by the clothes
they wear but also in their songs.
Chief - the last band of the evening - brought the house down with their
energetic show, which lead to crowd surfing and moshpitting deluxe.
This first gig was a big success – it showed that the nazis don’t
stand a chance, and raised awareness as well as money for the important
work of Liverpool Antifascists.
There will be more gigs – watch this space!