Trio of Bands, Women, Punk Revival and Politics
Opening the proceedings of a night organised by Victoria Bourne of Husky Tones are a young band Drunken Butterfly. The trio is retro punk with modern lyrics. At times it was so retro it was nostalgic, bring back memories (well for the older members) of a diverse audience at The Louisiana tonight.
Tonight the trio bought energy as they performed their own numbers form current EP and a cover of PJ Harvey a big inspirational force on Darcie, bassist & vocalist, Alice guitarist & Katie on drums summing up the power behind them with the slogan Girls Unite. The band is raw and youthful as they open tonight’s proceedings; With Sister, Not all Men and Socialist in The City, title track of the EP with confidence they played a new number performing it live for the first time tonight,; Good Bye Union, reflecting on Brexit. Drunken Butterfly with hints of many bands from the past including Poly Styrene have the potential to make a noise that will be long appreciated on the music scene.
Next Husky Tones, a duo that re-defines what combining vocals, guitar and drums can achieve. Tonight the music was loud, punk-blues fitting in with the evening. Victoria Bourne & Chris Harper have a wide catalogue, always shaping the music to the audience. Opening with Round The Wrekin from the inspirational album Who Will I Turn To Now. The title track a salutary tale of the reality of the UK benefits system in 2017. The music fell out of the speakers with spirited, raw attitude from the power of the sticks and the sublime edgy and raw licks of the guitar. . Momentum; one of the highlights live with the combination of Victoria’s drumming, vocals, strong lyrics and deep chugging rhythm from Chris’ guitar. The upbeat party vibe lifted the mood These Hips Are Made For You, fast furious and still angry hence ‘punk-blues. Short set, including to celebrating living in Bristol for six-years a Portishead cover, Glory Box they may have sung the lyric-‘ I’m so tired, of playing’, truth is we never tire of listening to the duo that is never afraid to stretch the blues with punk and fun.
Closing the night, the legendary Rita Lynch. Rita has sung punk since the days in London with her own band in the 1980’s. He fame rose as bassist in Bristol band Blue Aeroplanes. Her music is always edgy politically motivated and so much more. Rita creates sonic imaginary as she explores social, philosophical thoughts and sexuality . Music with a clear message. Closing with an authentic true Punk Rock sound with hefty chords, great rhythm guitar from Rita tonight augmented her voice as she stood on tip toes to deliver here recognizable sound. The set was accomplished weaving in tones of Patti Smith, Pat Rook and The Kinks. A very infectious sound played by a top-notch performer. The set list was full of numbers and we were left wanting to hear more; opening with Tied To You , with hope and losing included this was a set where the lyrics covered the hurt and never-ending cycle of life, at the heart Hope. We all say thank you Pandora for leaving that in the box.
Tonight, we heard three bands united by feminist lead attitude. Led by three strong musicians who happen to be women and for once women on the stage outnumbered the men. A great night of local music celebrating beliefs, hope and above all punk inspired entertaining sounds and lyrics that cut through to the heart of the issues. Long live music and welcome the day when fairness and equality is a reality not a hope.