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Absolutely reeling still from the grimy self destruction that is a Black Friday in Caernarfon I sought solstice solace in the embrace of a far more civilised style, with a Crustmas celebration in Liverpool. As you know, I’ll travel far and wide for my dose of filthy punk action so it was a bonus to have one of the only 2 UK gigs so far from the reformed legends Antisect so relatively close, so fair play for Foxy from SSS laying this on for us to enjoy under his Thrashgig promotion moniker. It was also winter warming to the heart to have a toy donation collection from attendees for a children’s charity, the spirit of the season and all that.
Fatboy Slim’s album title, ‘You’ve Come A Long Way Baby’ is quite fitting if you direct it at Zebedy. They certainly have come a long way. From the beginnings of Lantern in 2002, when Jonny Harding-Smith (known then, and probably now as Jonny Lantern) slid across the scene on his knees and somehow managed to wind up all and sundry simply by playing guitar better than the rest of them put together.
Lantern’s PR machine (whoever that was) flamed just about everybody on the early day forums, and there’d be spits and spats, songs written in the name of local rivalry – and it was all entertaining. Publicity whoring aside, one fact they couldn’t deny is that Jonny is one motherfucking excellent guitarist.