If there’s one thing that ties the Last Hours collective together stronger than a love of Latterman-esque punk, its a love, if not worship, of Propagandhi, which is why it took me aback when Edd, ‘Small press, comix, DIY culture’ editor here at Last Hours said to me the night before this (which was subsequently the night before the London Propagandhi show) that he was more excited at the prospect of seeing Bridge and Tunnel than he was Propagandhi. I didn’t know Bridge and Tunnel’s music particularly well, but they had blown me away at the Fest last October, based on my previous experience and his enthusiasm, I knew that anyone who came to this show was in for a treat.
The 255s, opening band of the evening
First up were ‘the 255’s’, a band from up north who I’ve heard ravings about, but never had encountered first hand, i seem to remember them saying it was their first London show, which may explain this. They play a catchy blend of hook laden indie-punk-rock and sounded a little like Piebald, I enjoyed them immensely.
Neil Sutherland and friend!
‘Neil Sutherland and Friends’ were next on. Having seen Neil play a solo show the night before, whetting my appetite, I was really rather keen at the prospect of seeing the full band show again. For those unaware, Neil Sutherlan and Friends’ live show is an all electric (bar the occasional use of a harmonica) folk punk explosion, this is the second time I’ve seen them and i was as impressed as the first, a wonderful live band.
‘OK Pilot’ followed, a band I haven’t seen since they played with O! Pioneers just before the fest last year, and who have always impressed me, what I wasn’t prepared for was just how good they were at this show. Everyone in attendance was blown away by their sheer power, the strength in the vocals and the charisma of their performance. Their’s was the one CD I bought at this show, which, given what was coming next is quite a statement.
‘Bridge and Tunnel’, tonight’s headliners, were on next. Second to last, because tonight’s gig was going to run later than the trains home for many people. The room was mostly full as we all anticipated what we were sure would be a special show, though I don’t think anyone was expecting Bridge and Tunnell to be quite as good as they were.
Playing a wonderfully enjoyable set of music which I can only describe as ‘No Idea style Pop Punk’, I doubt there was a single face not smiling uncontrollably in the whole room, though I rarely tore my gaze from the band long enough to check. This is a band anyone reading this site needs to listen to, I haven’t stopped since I got home from the show.
Closing the show was south-west based, Last Hours favourite’s ‘Bangers’, who play melodic pop punk, which is really fun and immensely enjoyable. Testament to their quality as a band is the fact that the room hardly empties at all despite it getting quite late and the headline band having already played. I’m excited about seeing them again.
This was such a fun show, one of the best I have been to all year, I doubt a single person left having not had an immensely good time, every band was fantastic, the atmosphere was great, this was the kind of night that reaffirms my belief in the DIY punk community.
More photos of Bridge and Tunnel