Morgellons hit the road over the weekend, starting off on Friday by visiting the Harvest Home in Dunstable in the able company of The Fanzines, Rage DC and the incomparable Menace. And what a cracking night that was. A great crowd of punks, drunks (including our birthday boy bassist) and assorted ne’er do wells in various states of inebriation made the evening go with a bang; and it was lovely to see our dear old friends Frog and Terri, who popped in to say hello. All in all we had a great night in a cracking little venue, and we’re hoping to get back there in the New Year. Watch this space.
Saturday saw our little charabanc heading seaside bound to Brighton, where we imbibed the invigorating air and watched those loveable yobbos Skurvi tear through another great set of chaotic alcho-punk anthems. If you’ve not seen them yet, what are you waiting for? They’re a great live band and a guaranteed good night out. Morgellons acquitted ourselves rather well, but for me it has to be said that Menace were the definite highlight of the evening. I’ve seen them and had the pleasure of supporting them several times and they always deliver the goods, but this evening they were truly on fire. They tore the roof off the place with a blistering set of old and new classics. And their version of Dirty Old Town was magnificent. What a truly great band they are.
Sunday found us battered but unbowed and back in the dear old Smoke at The Gunners Bar playing a benefit for Macmillan with DJ Jeffery Munday and a great bunch of bands including the brilliantly funny Ukeladies, the truly gifted Sarah Pink and the legendary John Ellis, who all played wonderful acoustic sets and got the night off to a fine start. And as if that wasn’t enough, we had the Thunders-style sleaze punk of Rubber Legs, whose CBGBs in Deptford sound rocked the place to its foundations. Then new wave legends The Neon Hearts played a blistering set of punky gems with an unashamed pop sensibility that many groups half their age could only dream of possessing. What a great band they are, and definitely on my Must See Again list.
We had a few technical problems during our headline set with a tetchy drum kit, but that didn’t matter. The important thing is that at time of writing over £700.00 has been raised to help Macmillan in their ongoing battle against a disease that causes so much tribulation and suffering to all it touches. We dedicated our set to Darren and Elaine Crewe, two dear friends who know only too well the pain that cancer causes. R.I.P. Darren. As we mourn your passing, so we celebrate your life.
So all in all, a great if bittersweet weekend. We met up with old friends, made some new ones, honoured the memory of one who has passed, and hopefully, did a little bit of good. Special thanks to Vince Rolfe and Sarah Pink for all their hard work and effort on Sunday, to Steve Collinge for manning the stalls and shaking the collection bucket, and to everyone who attended, played and donated. We were honoured to be a part of it.