Cock Sparrer / This Means War – ausverkauft

So: 16.09.2018
Start: 19:30

Cock Sparrer are widely considered to be one of the most influential Street Punk bands in history.
2012 sees them celebrate their 40th Anniversary.

The thing about Sparrer is that they’re not just a band. They are childhood friends and have been
making a noise since they got together way back in 1972. They were playing, drinking, going to
football and generally making a nuisance of themselves when the late 1970s punk scene started in
London. Finally it seemed that there were hundreds of likeminded people with the same attitude.

However, the boys were from the wrong side of town and didn’t quite fit in with the ‘art school’ scene –
they were more at home on the terraces wearing jeans and Dr Martins boots than being fashion
victims in bondage trousers. They’ve always done things the way they wanted to. As Punk ended up
with its own set of rules they were always on the outside as they just didn’t buy into it.

Despite being courted by Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren (who they turned away for not
buying a round of drinks), early tours with the Small Faces, Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, Slade amongst
others and a record deal with Decca, the ‘music industry’ just wasn’t ready for Cock Sparrer.

British music paper SOUNDS sums it up perfectly in a live review from April 1978:

“Musically and visually, the Cock Sparrer crew are just about as motley and uncouth as its possible
for a band to project. Imagine five collectively imageless Cockneys with hair length varying from
skinhead to Woody Roller, wearing clothes that looked they pool from the jumble sales, and singing
about how East End life is tough but fun…(they)…create a good time sound that occasionally
approximates to the original spirit of Slade.”

When the Oi! Scene started in 1980 the band found themselves on a number of compilation albums
and a new breed of fans discovered them. This was Punk from the streets and Sparrer and their fans
just seemed to fit in. 1983 saw the release of the bands first official album, the seminal SHOCK
TROOPS which today is a certified classic and regularly features in the ‘most influential punk album
ever’ polls.

Never having got (or needed) the critical acclaim they deserved from the music press the band went
largely unnoticed by the masses. However, this brought them cult status amongst those that
mattered; the real punk fans and the band have kept that spirit alive for the past 40 years.

1992 saw the resurgence of the band to a level that they never expected. Many new bands had come
along and all cited Cock Sparrer as an influence or “the Godfathers of Street Punk”. What followed
was the ability to go anywhere in the world, any night of the week and play to packed venues all
singing their hearts out.

Rarely do a band get the reaction that these guys do. A Cock Sparrer show is an event. It’s like cup
final day. A family singalong. Theirs is a career in reverse, they’re bigger now than they ever were.
Regularly headlining all the major punk festivals in Europe and occasionally hitting the US to headline
events such as Punk Rock Bowling and Riot Fest.

This year is a year of celebration – with friends. And to start it off the band are hooking up with
RANCID, who themselves are celebrating 20 years together, for a joint show on 23rd March at the
Warfield in San Francisco.

Cock Sparrer – 40 years on, still five blokes in a pub, five mates having a laugh, more than just a
band.

 

http://www.cocksparrer.co.uk/

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This Means War!

While everybody was celebrating the birth of punk 40 years ago, five guys from the low lands
(Belgium and Holland) hooked up to form a brand new band known as This Means War! They have
one thing in common: the love for punk rock. Far from rookies, they played in numerous bands before
such as Discipline, Hidden Guns, Superhero Status and Convict. For several months in 2016, they
locked themselves up in their rehearsal room and made plans to conquer the world with hard hitting
punk rock anthems. This Means War! is not interested in reinventing punk rock music. They aim to
blend their heroes (Cock Sparrer, Anti Flag, Old Firm Casuals, Social Distortion, Noi!se, Street Dogs,
Clash) and give the mixture their own unique flavor. This Means War! combines Rock ’n Roll
melodies with punk riffs and lyrics. That’s not always easy, but these punks rise above the challenges
of it all, proving their experience will propel them forward. They are hungry like a bunch of wild
coyotes and ready to hit the stage! From now on This Means War! is in your blood, 24/7.

https://www.thismeanswarpunk.com/

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