REVIEW- Generation @ The Sebright Arms
Punk puppeteers Generation played their debut London gig at the Sebright Arms last night, and it’s safe to say that the little quaint pub down the quiet backstreets of Shoreditch didn’t quite know what was going to hit them.
Prior to the gig, the young rockers were swanning around the main section of the pub; normal in their mannerisms, but outlandish in their appearance. After commanding the attention of everybody upstairs, they followed suit in the pub basement. Donning a body-tight pink boiler suit – and a structured military beret for good measure – frontman Dean, in his thick ‘Liverpudlian’ accent ushers the audience to the front of the stage, creating an energetic cluster as the guitar rips into the opening track ‘Ciggy Stump’. Within moments of the performance, Dean becomes enthralled with the music; the beret is ripped off his head, long hair thrashing around to the debauched rhythm. Guitarist James was more subtle in his trance, keeping his eyes transfixed on his instrument, completely lost in the music.
As they near the middle of their impressive nine-song set-list, including unreleased content such as ‘Nuclear Boredom’ and ‘Honey Mouthed Girl’, Dean marches off stage, a la ‘encore style’. After an intense instrumental tea-break, he comes back on, boiler suit round his waist, chest exposed, screeching at the top of his lungs ‘Who Loves This Generation’? It’s safe to say we definitely do. ‘Who Loves This Generation’ is an instant classic: a spunky anthem taken from their debut EP under the same name.
Drummer Nathan is the rhythm aficionado: as the drum beat roars throughout the set, beads of sweat jump from the snares as he completely pummels the drums. Nathan also adds to the wails of the enraptured singer: at the beginning of most songs he stands tall at the back, screeching ‘one two three four’ before the music plunges into an absolutely awesome rage. In true rock form, bassist Tom head bangs to the pounding beat. His stance is wide, dominating the bass and the attention of the gig-goers.
What is so special about these boys is their fine balance between musicianship, their bold spirit, but also that they are keen to remain humble. During the gig, Dean jumps off stage during the penultimate song, ‘I Like It’, in order to shake every audience’s members hands. Looking everyone straight in the eye, he says thank you to all of us for coming. After all, it was their debut gig, and with only a small following in London – in comparison to in their hometown in Liverpool – they are conscious of keeping modest. It’s hard to believe this sort of musicianship can come from such a newly-formed group: the band was only established at the beginning of this year, but after a performance like this, it’s safe to say it won’t be the last we see of them in this city.
Their soon to be released single ‘Cheapskate’ was also part of their set-list, a sure fire hit that’s to be released in October. This band are definitely ones to watch: their sound is unique and incomparable. They haven’t tried to mimic anybody, but have instead taken a couple of punk, rock and roll and indie influences, and have moulded it into a band that are something quite special.