The Wildhearts/Antiproduct/The Loyalties - Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall - 21st December 2009 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Thursday, 31 December 2009 21:28

P.H.U.Q. snow. That's how I felt on the morning of December 21st when the whiteout that greeted my waking eyes threatened to curtail my journey to the "Xmess" gig by The Wildhearts at Wolverhampton's Wulfrun Hall. 


1aloyaltiesShame that the same thought did not enter the head of Snell, drummer with The Loyalties. While his bandmates managed to negotiate a rare snow-covered London and find their way to the Midlands, he apparently could not. "Having his highlights done" was the...err...official statement from frontman Tom Spencer. So, after a quick merch stop, we find ourselves staring at a stage set up with three chairs for an impending and impromptu acoustic set from The Loyalties. A comedy micstand quickly eases the tension and the band produce a performance that is as loose as it is awesome. "We were shitting ourselves backstage," quips Rich Jones "but this is actually pretty fucking cool!" Couldn't have put it better myself, sir. We get the choicest cuts from the great 'So Much For Soho' album, a couple of Yo-Yos tunes and a set-closing run through of 'Father Christmas' by The Kinks, featuring Scott Sorry on vocals. A special way to kick things off, for sure.


It has been quite some time since I last saw Antiproduct live. In all honesty, I'm curious to find1alexkane out if the band still carry any kind of relevancy. Fuck me, they do. Ballistically bolstered by the addition of The Defiled frontman Stitch D as an extra guitarist and featuring the coolest females in the country tonight, Antiproduct turn in the best live performance that I have ever seen from the band. Maniacal frontman Alex Kane, looking like a glam rock cryptkeeper, is all over the stage like a shock rock suicide bomber and lead guitarist Clare pproduct is the extra from a Mad Max movie that we would most like to spend the night with but would be way too fucking scared to ever instigate such a situation! 'Bungee Jumping People Die' is a colossus and trashy thrash-throughs of 'Good Vibrations' and 'Time Warp' push the entertainment levels up to eleven. Kane ends up in the audience, an audience that I'm pretty sure doesn't contain one person who isn't impressed by Antiproduct's performance tonight.


With a shiny new copy of 'Chutzpah jnr' already purchased and two great support bands already viewed, The Wildhearts would have to be pretty shit to spoil the night. C'mon, when has that ever happened?! 'Vanilla Radio' cracks out of the speakers and what follows is a collection of some of the greatest songs ever written that I and, it seems, every fucker around 1awildheartsme sings word for word. 'Liberty Cap', 'Beautiful Thing You', 'Girlfriend Clothes', 'My Baby Is A Headfuck' - this is the soundtrack to my rock 'n' roll life as it struggled to survive those turgid Nineties. I look around and I think everyone else feels the same.


Ginger is in one of his fine comedy moods and pollutes the between-song banter with highly entertaining nonsense. The band have made 'Carmelita' and 'Understanding Jane' sound like their own and the songs from the best album of 2009 sound as massive live as you would have hoped. When '29 X The Pain' kicks in my voice is nearly gone and I'm almost forced to lip sync like Blackie Lawless. When we get to the final song, 'I Wanna Go Where The People Go', my throat is drier than Elizabeth Taylor's gusset. All I can do is stand there and, caught up in the moment, think that, and this will raise the hackles of mono versus stereo purists the world over, The Wildhearts are the greatest band that the UK has ever produced. Y'know what? I just might be fucking right.........


Photos kudos to Rob Watkins