Their infectious nature brought a ray of sunshine resembling their Caribbean style to the intimate venue, and provided a youthful energy to the crowd.
The above mentioned display implies that there may indeed be depth and honesty back in the Ska/Pop punk genre, but I must hasten to add that in order to achieve depth you need a firm base from which to start. This is why tonight's boisterous and bouncy headliners [Spunge] are so important, despite playing to their smallest crowd to date in Manchester (a modest amount over a hundred people) they admitted to "having the best time ever", then proceeded to produce an exuberant display of modern punk.
The piercing and reggae tinged autobiographical opener 'Some Suck, Some Rock' set a frenetic fun loving mood, while they covered serious topics at times. Fakeness and insufferable big heads were denunciated in old favourite 'Ego', from their impressive 'Room for Abuse' album. The bouncing and anarchic classic 'Jump on Demand' that has won [Spunge] the honourable tag of being the new The Clash was what most had been waiting for. Questioning compliance as well as igniting a fuse that sparked some frivolous skanking and pit mayhem; that The Sex Pistols and the aforementioned class punk band used to induce. It wouldn't be punk without a shade of delicious irony; this arose out of set highlight the features the vilification of hero-worshipping; 'Idols'. Judging by the crowd's reaction to this Tewksbury quintet, they are living up to their lyrics in the devotion that the fans seemed to show them tonight;
"I wanna be just like my idols.
I really admire their styles.
I wanna, wanna, wanna, wanna, wanna, yeah, yeah ,yeah."