Sun 29th Jul | 7pm | £12 adv | All Ages*
The Queers are an American punk rock band, formed in 1981 by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, native Joe King (a.k.a. Joe Queer), along with Scott Gildersleeve (a.k.a. Tulu), and Jack Hayes (a.k.a. Wimpy
Rutherford). With the addition of Keith Hages in 1982 the band started playing their first live shows. The band originally broke up in late 1984, but reformed with Joe Queer and a new line-up in 1986.
The Queers play a Ramones-derived style of pop punk. Common lyrical themes are of girls, love, drugs, alcohol and having fun. Musically the band deviates slightly from the driving rhythm guitar sound of the Ramones and augments their songs with harmony vocals and guitar solos. They have been described as "The Ramones meets The Beach Boys"
The Attack brings punk back to the basics: short, fast-riffing songs about the social, music, and media-driven politics of today. The simplicity of punk has been lost on a divided underground driven more by fashion and ruled by icons that have become the same rock stars the punk movement rebelled against in the Seventies. Across the country everything punk, from all ages shows to Facebook pages, has become a popularity contest that defies the original intent of the alternative music scene. The Attack is ruled by a DIY ethos and driven by a goal: to re-unite the punks and skins and hardcore kids under the same underground flag. The Attack's lyrics are true "shot from all sides" anthems. The Attack never panders to one political party or music scene, forming an opinion, agenda and sound of its own.
*Under 16s must be with adult