Finding the Victoria pub near Dalston wasn't easy but when I did find found it I was three hours early. Right how do I spend 3 hours in Dalston, which is an area thats like being in a episode of the Sweeney. The one good thing is the area hasn't been gentrified like most of London now. Its like the London I grew up in. Gladly when I get back to the pub at about ten, its full of young punky types. Maybe a lot of the ladies are here to see Louis Simonon (son of Paul- The Clash/Gorillaz) who also plays bass like his Dad. The band come on late about 11:30, and in keeping with the Clash they also look very much like them, with clothes/hairstyles circa early 1980's, they are soon entertaining the packed crowd with some decent punk rock (with tunes). Titles include 'Zombies', 'Incarcerated For Thrills', and 'Sistine Chapel'.
I can also hear a Pschobilly/Rockabilly influence in their songs (Bloody + rare) reminding me of bands like the Cramps/Meteors. Didn't King Kurt have songs about Zulu land? The songs are short and sharp like punk should be and the lead singer (Luke Brennan ) sings the songs with the attitude they deserve. The band get a good reaction from the crowd and theres some manic dancing down the front. There's hardly time for a trip to the bar and its all over in half hour but we hadn't come to see Genesis. If you want to see a great, rockin' live band playing loud punk rock with a lively enthusiastic crowd then these are for you. Its always good to see young bands playing live in intimate venues and long may this continue. Right now how do I get back to the comfort of SW London.http://wayofthezulu.com
Review/photos by Jeffrey Munday