Last night instead of the usual grind of what weekend is it oh I'm off to a game at X then, I went and saw a workmate's husbands band play their first gig at the Portland arms.
I was somewhat trepidatious at this but I'd said I'd go and I don't think anyone else from work was going which I thought was a bit crap so off I went.
For the first while I was there on my tod but thankfully they had the Newcastle game on and having Andy Carroll as my fantasy team captain this week I obviously had an interest. (20 points off that bad boy this week!)
Folks arrived and then we went and listened to the sound check - turns out that they're a punk covers band and actually sound pretty decent.
More bar and drinking then back through for the support acts
First one was two guys doing acoustic covers of G'n'R's stuff - apparently hadn't even practiced together before the night.. not bad but did have a bit of comedy value to it.
Second one just a drummer and a guitarist doing from what I gathered their own tunes was really good, high energy rock-punky stuff
And then the band we'd came to see "The Stand ins" aka my friend Kirsty's fella's band - yeah mostly it was a bunch of late thirties/early forties blokes on stage doing punk songs from their youth but..
They were surprising good, I mean personally I could have done without the stiff little fingers stuff and had them concentrate on Clash, Ramones, Damned, Jam and Undertones but hey they played a lot of that stuff so no issues.
All in all a good night out