A couple of years ago Lady Bird were known as ‘Slaves mates’, but now they are well known as one of the greatest live bands on the scene and anyone who doesn’t realise this isn’t giving Lady Bird the credit they deserve. To compliment their visceral live performance Lady Bird have tune after tune of working class anthems. To celebrate their successful year and to showcase their new EP (which they promise the crowd will be dropping very early next year) the band headed out on a UK un-tour playing strictly independent music venues and hosting a local band to open each night. We stopped by Anvil Bournemouth to glimpse at what we would be added to our Spotify next year with anticipation of the EP.

“Bird Shoes cemented their place as the next band that will leave the opening slots behind and take their groove punk on the UK grassroots tour circuits.”

Having stumbled across Bird Shoes twice in just as many weeks in honesty we expected to feel bored, but thankfully our feeling was exactly the opposite. Bird Shoes cemented their place as the next band that will leave the opening slots behind and take their groove punk on the UK grassroots tour circuits. Bird Shoes are a drums and guitar duo that pack riff after riff, but after a few years crafting their sound they’ve added a depth to their back catalogue bringing the crowd up as down with a variety of tempos.

“Para Fiction are for the IDLES/Slowthai generation a perfect mix of the pair who are sure to assault the masses with their punk take on hip-hop.”

Continuing the physical presence of 2 on a stage tour support Para Fiction are next to grace the stage, but this duo are formed of alias ANTI-JAMBO and CODING DUDE who visually present on stage as one with a guitar, the other with the mic- who knows which alias name does what! The pair were also backed by an elaborate backing track. It felt ironic, but in reality it was more likely to have been well planned- Bird Shoes were the punk, Para Fiction were the grime leaving us nicely warmed up for the punk hip-hop fusion that is Lady Bird. As soon as Para Fiction stepped on to the stage the crowd were hyped, the crowd knew the tracks and the band were ready to give them just as much energy both on and bleeding off stage. The music of the current generation and every generation before is the product of the society at the time and the current time is visceral and both divided and united. Para Fiction are for the IDLES/Slowthai generation, a perfect mix who are sure to assault the masses with their punk take on hip-hop. The 90’s and 2000’s the ‘grebos’ and ‘chavs’ fought an unnecessary war, but in Anvil whilst Para Fiction performed the fight was against the system both sides are living in- unity against the political system is more important for these music fans.

“Seeing Lady Bird is an experience for every pore and not just those linked with your ears, certain bands produce the perfect live representation of their work- Lady Bird is one of them.”

 

With mountains of charisma Lady Bird gratefully applaud their two support bands but rightly take their place as the reason Anvil is bursting with a feverish dancefloor. Seeing Lady Bird is an experience for every pore and not just those linked with your ears, certain bands produce the perfect live representation of their work- Lady Bird is one of them. With the live energy of the trio, the energy and noise coming from the audience and the earth crashing Joe beats upon his drums the live Lady Bird show is the punk styled sounding of their work, but what better way to represent the ‘working class heroes’ than do it in a manner that isn’t contrived. Sam told the audience that the group have a whole album of recorded material, but have decided that they want to only release a 4 track EP to display the crispest cuts they have. With the gigs chaos at the sound from every vibration it was hard at times to work out the old from the new but Sam did announce new tracks The… and Political Wasteland. Having steadily grown their audience in the past year and now with a second EP ready, the future looks extremely promising the band, a band who quite literally were ‘for the many, not for the few’ dishing out and having their rider beers with the merch buyers immediately after the gig.

Words: James Wadsworth @jamespart31

Photos: Abbi Draper-Scott @abbidraperphoto

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