Once the lights go dark and the music begins, on strides the alternative indie rock band from Southport, Merseyside. Playing the album in pretty much its original track order, we are launched straight into “Miles Away” and we are off! …
There was a healthy mix of the more established and well known bands rubbing shoulders with the up and comers. Spread over Liverpool’s iconic Baltic Triangle and Cain Brewery, it promised to be quite a couple of days, and let’s just say it didn’t disappoint…
By Desh Kapur
THE WONDER STUFF/NEDS ATOMIC DUSTBIN
Manchester O2 Ritz – 7th April 2018
BACK TO THE FUTURE!!!
Its been 32 years since The Wonder Stuff released their debut album “The Eight Legged Groove Machine” with the original line up off Miles Hunt, Malcolm Treece, Rob Jones and Martin Gilkes and 28 years since Neds Atomic Dustbin released their debut record “Godfodder” . Here I was standing in a sold out O2 Ritz waiting for the both bands to share the stage together like they had in 1989. Some things had changed, band members had come and gone, but this wasn’t important to the 1500 people cramped into the venue, it was all about the music and nostalgia!
The Wonder Stuff were opening the night on the aptly named “Love From Stourbridge Tour” being that both bands are from that part of England. Miles Hunt strode on to the stage with the confidence of a man whose band were just about to play to a full house.
They started with Red Berry Joy Toy and On The Ropes, with Miles bouncing and strutting around the stage. His voice sounded great and even with the addition of the violin to the band, they have managed to retain that classic Wonder Stuff sound. The crowd loved it and even though the audience were predominantly 40 plus I was quite amazed to see teenagers as young as thirteen singing along to every word, showing what a very good songwriter Mile Hunt is.
Whilst playing 20 songs across 30 years you might think the crowd might lose enthusiasm or tire but I can honestly say that didn’t happen; the band rocked and the fans rocked right along with them. They shouted for an encore and got one and then it was with great thanks and to even greater cheers the band left the stage.
With a remarkably quick complete stage change over, NEDS jumped and bounced on to a stage that bathed them in a strange blue light. I have to be fair and say here that until last week I wasn’t very familiar with the band,. The music was loud, fast and pretty frenetic and sombody remarked that they were like 'A lemon meringue pie being dropped'. I knew what they meant, but I enjoyed their set immensely and all the NEDS fans in the audience seemed to be having the time of their lives.
They played a set covering their back catalogue including the NEDS classics “Happy” “Trust” ending the night with an encore of “Kill Your Television” and “Selfish” and the night was over, and I left the building surrounded by extremely happy and contented people.
THE WONDER STUFF
WEBSITE - http://thewonderstuff.co.uk/
FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/pg/thewonderstuffofficial/about/?ref=page_internal
THE WONDER STUFF – SIZE OF A COW
THE WONDER STUFF – WELCOME TO THE CHEAP SEATS
NEDS ATOMIC DUSTBIN
WEBSITE - http://www.nedsatomicdustbin.co.uk/
FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/nedsatomicdustbin/
NEDS ATOMIC DUSTBIN – KILL YOUR TELEVISION
NEDS ATOMIC DUSTBIN – HAPPY
They were exciting, full of energy and delivered their songs with joyful careless abandon. Lead singer Rakel Mjöll constantly pranced across the stage with her champagne flute accompanying her every move. She connected with the crowd in her own very unique way; her effortless vocals switch from singing to snarling in the blink of an eye...
Front man Grant Nicholas said the band is now 25 years old. I can confidently tell you that music from their catalogue still sounds as fresh, vibrant and current today as the day they were written, which is a true testament to their phenomenal song writing ability.