Last Updated on March 5, 2023
Originally published in Beat Motel issue 9
Having not got the chance to see reggae-punk legends Inner Terrestrials all year I was seriously looking forward to this gig but was seriously pissed off when an instrumental prog-rock band was penned in for support.
Luckily the promoters came to their senses and replaced them with the much more appropriate anarcho/crust punk stylings of state of urgency. SOU’s recent tour of Poland and Germany seems to have paid off heaps as they blast through their super-fast set with an assured confidence missing from earlier local outings. If you’re into anarcho and crust definitely check these out.
Ed Ache, front man of possibly the best punk band in east anglia, I.C.H, was up next with his solo acoustic set. As ever a lively, engaging affair with plenty of crowd participation and even a surprise dead batteries cover!
If you havn’t seen Ed or I.C.H live yet you suck and I have nothing to say to you. I.T were up next after getting to the venue at the last minute, but not to worry as they went down a storm.
The band always seem happier when I see them play at smaller scale gigs like this and I’d struggle to think of a better way to see them than in the intimate surroundings of the steamboat. All the best I.T tunes were played, ‘enter the dragon’, ‘x’,’off with their heads’ and ‘guns of brixton’ featuring red flags rikki on vocals were all highlights. A fucking great night was had by all.