Finding a good slice of punk rock used to not be too much of a problem in past days in Sunderland, however i was genuinely surprised to hear that 1977 outfit The Members were playing The Corner Flag in the city-centre of Sunderland and had to walk all if 15 minutes to the venue (sweet joy). First impression was of Sunderland band Waste Of Space, who collectively a fair stab at post-punk, although they should pay maybe more heed to the trimmings whatever they are, but introducing the end song of the set as “This is our last one” fails to ignite a crowd, still easy enough skill to promise of more for the 4-piece, it’s starting to get just a little busier as The Members take to the stage to healthy applause.
The band are now currently touring the UK in support of current 2016 album ‘One Law’. Opening with the bombastic ‘Chelsea Aggro’ to get things warmed up, only shortly punctured, after a brief hiatus for drum reinforcement as Nick Cash succumbed to the adrenalin rush of the opener, his only blip, his playing compared well to the last time I saw The Members with Rat Scabies on drums. Back to The Corner Flag, recall winners from ‘New English Blues’’ repeated refrains, ‘Chelsea Nightclub’ scrubbed up well, ‘Offshore Banking Business’ sways and moves stands tall. As the punch and drama of ‘Police Car’ and to “…Old Stiff song”, ‘Solitary Confinement’ the former single sounds as good live in 2016 as Dave Robinson boss of Stiff Records would have heard it mid 1977.
‘Solitary Confinement’ (Original Stiff Single audio
It’s a little like buses, until tonight, live virtually nothing, until a plethora of asides cascade between or during songs – from “Northern Flowers” to the “A19, bus stops, the village which tonight is Newcastle, cannot detract from their solid set, even as a three-piece, they sound so comfortable and on form. ‘Working Girl’ sounded more reinforced tonight. The last song was of course is ‘Sound Of The Suburbs’ to sways of aplomb, smiles all round.
Hats off to The Bunker crew behind this entertaining Friday night and to the Surrey based band, the least I can point to is that The Members in 2016 are no one-song band, they never were really, the price you pay for a killer-sized single, any rate fun night out now if I can break in before anyone discovers I’m gone, much like tonight has gone. it would be a result. 7.8/10