(review n pix neil crud / pix by phil newall)
Vermin Suicides
The good thing about playing in a ‘regular gigging’ band is you get to play with and see some ace bands, and sometimes even get paid for the pleasure.
Tonight, was a pleasure, and hey! We even got some petrol money (which really fucks up my diesel engine!).
If you read my interview with the hard working Dinner Lady, Pete Bentham you’ll know that he is armed with the marigolds and ready to provide Liverpool with Free Rock ‘n’ Roll every other Thursday. Liverpool is a better city for it…
If you read my review of Vermin Suicides LP ‘Yeahman!’ you’ll know what a great album it is… And Liverpool is a better city because of them…


Before that we have the charismatic Toby Parker & The Suitcase… Toby, being a posh southern farmer’s son turned busker, and The Suitcase being his suitcase that doubles up as a seat and is home to a harmonica and kick-pedal. Pete Bentham had spotted Toby busking in the city streets and invited him to play Mello Mello. Playing deep-country blues way beyond his years, Toby draws everyone’s attention with his own songs (some about Cows) along with some obscure mississippi fed numbers plucked from the past. Great entertainment and highly recommended.

MelloMello
It’s a shame I have review my own gigs!! But I guess most people are lost for words after seeing Braxton Hicks (ha ha!). We turned up at what is essentially a cool / studenty / place-to-be-seen cafe, that transforms into a venue, with stage, lights, great sound and brilliant vibe. Couldn’t hear a fucking thing during the first song, and Bentham was quick to realise and got the engineer to throb my bass up in the monitors. Joe & Gwion thought we played well, crowd did so too, so I guess it was a good performance. Nice to see Phil Newall endure us again, also Hockey & Richie (Bite Back), that dude from Dead Class and Carl Gintis (Wobbly Hearts) amongst the crowd. Set list – Government To Be / I Don’t Wanna Be You / Get Outta My Head / Macho Man / Song Was Never Written / I Won’t Take The Blame / Poison By Rancid / Gone Fishin’ / Never Kill Yourself.


Vermin Suicides
are regulars at Mello Mello, ‘The house band’ as someone quipped. They are flanked by a new bassist who joined yesterday in the shape of The Wasters’ Pete Lunt, who replaced Antipop hero Alec Joyce for whatever reason. I saw The Wasters play in the Masque a couple of years ago, and I guess Lunt’s inclusion justified the motley crew of hardcore punkers in the crowd.
There’s enough of a motley crew on the stage, hardcore bassist, hippy guitarist, post punk singer and thuggish drummer, and together they make a great noise that mirrors their eclectic look. A garage feel, a good vibe and traditions rooted firmly in the punk of rock. They’re on home turf, and like all teams who play at home, they had the wind in their sails, but Vermin Suicides don’t need home advantage, they’re too good a team to rely on winning these games, for they’d hit the back of the net wherever they played. I love the song Human Nature, it’s so short and yet so damn catchy… just like their set…
Keep an eye out for them… Well worth a be-bop…