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The Greatest Gig in the World by the Greatest Band in the Galaxy

The Greatest Gig in the World by the Greatest Band in the Galaxy

So on Saturday night, the 13th May, I was upstairs at the Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough for this hugely anticipated gig.

There was a good-sized audience for the first band, Snakerattlers. This husband and wife duo, Dan Oliver (guitar, vocals) and Naomi Gott (drums), arose from the ashes of The Franceens in October last year. Since then, they have been taking their rattlerock sound all over the North of England and beyond. If you’re into rockabilly, psychobilly or basically any music with a -billy suffix you’re going to like Snakerattlers. Great heavily reverbed guitar licks and vocals punctuated with snarls, snorts and grunts that the Devil himself would be proud of, all held together by a great drumbeat from Naomi. If Link Wray was still with us I’m sure he’d like Snakerattlers.

Keep an eye out for them, they’ve got more gigs up and down the country coming up and their debut album launch on June 23rd on Moon Skull Records at The Globe in Newcastle.

Also, for those who don’t know, Dan is the man behind ‘Behind The White Door’ at The Fulford Arms in York, putting on some great bands every month.

Next up were four blokes from Germany called The Vagoos. Hailing from deepest Bavaria, this band was formed in early 2010. The Vagoos are in the middle of a 2 month 30+ date European tour. This was the last of four UK dates, one in London and three in the North-East!!

They blend garage, punk, surf and rock ‘n’ roll into a tight sound that had the growing audience foot tapping and head nodding right from the off. Dominik, Christoph, Daniel and Martin don’t mess about, straight from one song to the next hardly any time to catch our breath. They have made many friends while in England this week and hope to be back next year. I will definitely make time to see them if they do.

In a moment of excited inebriation after the gig I bought not one but two of The Vagoos vinyl albums...now all I need is a decent gramophone to play them on!! Got them autographed though.

 The Vagoos - Photograph courtesy of Scott Young

The Vagoos - Photograph courtesy of Scott Young

Lastly, the much talked about headliners, The Galactic Glam Cowboys, visiting our corner of the solar system for one night only. Who are these mysterious beings and where are they from…? They claim to be from Alpha Centauri and are Mike Honcho, Sweet Sugar Ray, Duke Buzzard, Snakeboots Coyote, Butch Sassidy, Moonbeam McQueen and Lightning Wank Hank. I’m not sure which dimension they are from, but in their Human form they look oddly familiar!

 Galatic Glam Cowboys - Photograph courtesy of Scott Young

Galatic Glam Cowboys - Photograph courtesy of Scott Young

 Photo courtesy of Scott Young

Photo courtesy of Scott Young

Coming onto the stage to the theme tune of some spaghetti space western, in various states of undress, they got straight down to it. Riding like the wind with a 16 inch weapon, Mike Honcho was soon down to wearing just a pair of hotpants. Songs followed about eating cats (licking pussies) and I will never again consume a warm milky beverage before bed after hearing ‘Hot Milk’. There were many frenetic, chest beating forays into the audience. Crotch grabs/rubs by Mike Honcho that would make Micheal Jackson and Miley blush, his microphone being stuffed in places where microphones have no business being stuffed. Plenty of exciting, fast paced, high octane space rock followed and rock ‘n’ roll space ballad that Fats Domino would have been proud of. The time rocketed by, the hour seemed like five minutes and all too soon it was over, possibly never to be seen again….

This was the sort of debauched rock that Darth Vader and The Empire would listen to, not the Pat Boone variety that Mary Shitehouse would recommend to the goody goody rebellion. The Mos Eisley Cantina Band aren’t fit to tie the Galactic Glam Cowboys bootlaces. Hopefully, one day soon, after they’ve spent some time being dead for tax reasons, Sweet Sugar Ray and the boys will aim their rocket ship at our little corner of the galaxy so that our eyes and ears may once again behold The Greatest Band In The Galaxy, for they have surely taken the title from Hot Black Desiatos Disaster Area.

(Just to be clear ... Mike Honcho was grabbing/rubbing his own crotch ... not anyone's in the audience.)

For those who were at other gigs or were sitting in that Saturday night, there are some videos of the gig here.

Special thanks to Scott Young for contributing photographs of the event.

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