The Bronx @ The Peel, Kingston, 08/08/11
The Bronx are one of my favourite bands. I've seen them a stack of times in Australia. I've seen Mariachi El Bronx a couple of times in London, but The Bronx never seem to play over here.
For this show they played a really small venue in Kingston, a suburb just south of London. Last time I saw them play a show this small was at the Green Room in Canberra, which was incredible.
We rocked up early and noticed a few riot police vans speeding past. I guess the riots were starting to break out in Croydon.
The first band up was The Computers. The Computers are a punk band from Exeter and seem to be getting quite big. This was the first time I've seen them. Punk n roll sort of stuff with keyboards. They were okay.
The Bronx were soon on stage and launched into 'Knifeman' from the third record and followed it up with 'Rape Zombie'. The crowd up front were really getting into it and it wasn't long before people started stage diving. Matt seemed to like this and kept encouraging them.
At this point they started getting into some songs from the first LP, White Tar, False Alarm, Notice of Eviction and a few others. They played seven songs from the first LP, three off the second LP, four from the third and one new song (Under the Rabbit). It was a pretty good set list and I enjoyed all the songs and was glad they played quite a few from the first record.
The Bronx seem to have lost some of the intensity they had the first few times I saw them, but they were still damn good.
Afterwards we left the venue only to find out that London was burning. Looting and chaos all over the place.