The Damned – the greatest surviving British punk band, bar none – are back with their first new album in a decade, still firing on all cylinders, and breaking all the rules. Where their peers either burnt out, or faded away into mediocrity, this most spiritually chaotic of all punk groups have never been away, never surrendered their ideals, always forged onwards.
From 1977’s high-energy entrée ‘Damned Damned Damned’, via the riotous variety of ‘Machine Gun Etiquette’ (1979), to the macabre psychedelia of 1985’s ‘Phantasmagoria’ and beyond, The Damned have never stayed in one place for long. Colourful, anarchic, yet propelled by an indefatigably urgent creative motor, they’ve evolved and expanded their remit with every phase, to become one of the top-flight UK groups of ANY pop era.
Playing: Friday 19th July