Ragged Night 1 was Awwww so Pretty! 15th June
Friday the 15th brought the Punk to Temple.Works.Leeds. The first three bands to appear alongside Jamie Reid’s retrospective ‘Ragged Kingdom’ proved that the spirit of punk rock never died…
The first band of the night, Hospital Food, performed Old Time Punk with a strong Modern twist. They set the tone with their well constructed songs and sing-along choruses. They were followed by the loud and lively Wild Trash, an energetic group who evidently enjoy what they do. Exhibiting skinny jeans and a definite Punk attitude, they were personable and engaged easily with the audience. They certainly proved they could hold their own and delivered some good punk tunes. The front man had a great stage presence and with bands like this the spirit of Punk rock lives on…
The third and final band of the evening were the intriguingly named ‘Gutter Sluts’. Playing a mix of their own songs alongside a few covers, this band gave a fun performance and certainly provided the most entertaining set of the night. The main singer exhibited an impressive blue Mohican (expected), bright pink tutu with socks (less expected – but at least there were no sandals) and after their first number, not much else – I think the majority of the audience ended up seeing rather more than they came for! Always ready for some impromptu dancing the Gutter Sluts easily got their audience involved, (or got involved with their audience) and before I knew it I became one of those ‘lucky’ enough to be dragged up and dancing along with them. It seems I am developing a trait for being picked on by the singers performing at Temple Works…
A lively and often comical set, there seemed a close connection between the members of this band and despite a small audience, they definitely managed to ‘start the party’ and lift the mood of the evening. Far from inhibited, their forthright attitude was more of what I expected from a punk night and they were certainly not afraid to engage in a spot of banter with their audience – although their affectionate language is not repeatable here… I think the moments of audience participation were actually a highlight and it seemed that few of the audience had escaped by the end.
Slightly crazy, if not completely, something’s not quite right about this mix of loud punk music, tutus and attitude, but it works! When the England flags came out, I thought this was the end of an entertaining and surprisingly fun set. However, Gutter Sluts had one last ‘treat’(?) up their tutu with what can only be described as a unique rendition of ‘Nellie The Elephant’, using somewhat inappropriate props. (Let’s just say that the socks and Mohican were the sum remains of the costume by this point…)
Gutter Sluts were an unexpected, yet somehow fitting end to a loud and unruly evening – although one of my favourite childhood rhymes is now somewhat tainted…
by Rachel Elderkin
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