Sat 26 May
Superminx70
 + Flesh Tetris
 + Pendennis
Superminx70- Great to have this fascinating band back again. Tis punk, tis powerpop, tis modernist and melodic but loads going on with a nigh on Dexys like soulful intensity, with a little angular and artful Bowie and something of The Small Faces. Top chaps, ace faces, hep cats. . . “ …foot-stamping punky-mod-glam with catchy choruses and sloppy solos. The sound of English cars with fins, bench seats littered with Jackie magazine and Spangles wrappers…happy days!’’Flesh Tetris– deliriously deviant combo piloted by Andy Heintz(Creaming Jesus, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing) , and also featuring Jez Miller from the last mentioned and soooo many other bands,  Karen Bell, Andy Duke (Tara Rez, The DPRK)  and Eva Menon (Underrunners, Sigue Sigue Sputnik) ….glam punk and slippery techno hit the terminals of your brain like a suitably spaced interstellar jaunt between several virtual worlds. ‘Retro SciFi Eurotrash armed to the teeth with barbed pop hooks and weaponised synths.’..not many. Pendennis– Joy Division (early post Warsaw into Unknown Pleasures style) meets The Wedding Present with a bit of Interpol but more urgency , more scratchy post punk intensity. Cool.
Paper Dress Vintage

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Sat 9 Jun
The Flaming Stars- Wonderful to bring The Flaming Stars to The Water Rats, a great combination of glitz and grind I’m sure you’ll agree.  John Peel loved em and so do we, their slinky garage punk tweaked rocknroll romantique hits a beautiful sweet spot somewhere between garage punk, louche rock and roll, Spaghetti Western twang and bar room balladeering- but it’s always balls out, brazen and rocking.  Tiptop trashy keys get troubled sporadically by frontman, bon viveur and wordsmith Max Decharne who we reckon might just be Ye Dirk Bogarde of Trashe. Jaws were eventually prized up from the floor last time we saw these guys masterfully conjure a set that included classics from their 15 year plus career and even a fiercely mode-ish take on Magazine’s ‘The Light Pours Out Of Me’…not to be missed then. The Reformers-Spritely twisty turny alterno guitar pop with a skanking punkinesss…in fact they’re a ska band (originals mind) but a very punky one- as if 1st album Clash were playing bluebeat basically, neat. Kajiki Volt-Post punk through a surf guitar- garage punk lens, think a more frenetic  Gun Club via Magazine,shades of Gallon Drunk and  the sorely missed Penthouse too. great tunes interesting arrangements, played with conviction. Fab
The Water Rats

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Fri 7 Sep
DuncanReid and the Big Heads- The former Boys boy bounces back with his chick/chap choon churning mo-sheen of joy. You want punk? You want pop? You want punky pop right? Good coz this is that at it’s tightest, tastiest, tantalizingliest, ya get me. A fab nite out. Nuffin-  On 3rd August 1977, Nuffin’ turned up at the legendary Roxy Club to play ‘Audition Night’, only to find that Janet Street-Porter and a TV crew had taken over. Luckily, they were looking for an ‘undiscovered’ band as a counterpoint to all of the hype around at the time. And so a brief snap-shot of the the four Caterham teenagers, strutting their stuff and sharing their take on life, was captured for posterity.  Legal Freaks- Dave Roca formerly of Underrunners fronts this punknroll kick ass band….Dead Boys, Lords Of The New Church, Dolls, Damned.… ‘we are an awesome, high energy Punk Rock band,’ yes, you are…
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