Two weekends ago I headed to Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie to catch New Jersey’s Hub City Stompers with UK 70s punk oi band Menace. It was my first oi show in quite some time, and it’s been years since I’ve been to a show with that many Doc Martens and bald heads all in one place. Good times.
First up were Brooklyn’s 45 Adapters. Self described as “a truck full of Cock Sparrer records crashing into a truck full of Otis Redding records”, these 5 guys took the stage and played a solid set filled with catchy sing-alongs. Their songs (mostly) had surprisingly positive messages, singing about dressing well, cleaning up after your house, and of course… drinking. Definitely going to need to check out their recorded work.
Hub City Stompers:
One of the reasons I came to the show to begin with, on the flyer NJ’s Hub City Stompers were set to play third, so I left for a bit to grab a quick bite to eat. When I returned, it turns out HCS wound up playing second, so I missed maybe 5 or 6 of their songs. Luckily, I still caught more than half of their set, and I’ve been seeing these guys anytime they come around since 2003 or so.
Self described as “ska for people who hate ska” (even though I love it) they tend to be put on a lot of diverse shows, and always wind up either poking fun at that fact or just completely owning it (I remember when seeing them open for Cro-Mags, the singer kept teasing “oh! a ska band on a hardcore show! Don’t be scared… you really messed up this time Joe Hardcore!!!”)
Hub City Stompers played a solid set to a filled room with a few of us dancing and singing along each word. Always a good time, check them if they come through your neck of the woods.
Setlist (from what I remember, not in order)
Hub City Stomp
Little Julie Swastiska
Where’s My Hooligans
Skinhead Boi (I think)
Johnny Date Rape
I’ve Got A Boot
Hub City Stompers
Night Of The Living
Formed back in the late 1970s in PA’s Lehigh Valley, The Clap is one of the older punk bands to come out of Pennsylvania. I’ve never heard of The Clap (the band, not the disease) before seeing them, and I will admit, at first I was skeptical. The trio soon won me over though, with their straight forward punk rock. The singer said he wouldn’t be able to do some songs due to the fact his kid got him sick, but they powered through a decent set.
The reason most people were there, UK’s Menace is one of the earliest oi bands, even dating back before Sham 69. The band took the stage, and the crowd while singing along took a bit of time to warm up, but once a pit was opened up it got pretty rowdy (and once Menace played their hit G.L.C, shit hit the fan). Menace played their sing-along oi punk inviting people to the stage to the small stage to sing along, and seemed to be having a blast as people were stage diving and dancing.
At one point, Menace brought up some of the members of The Clap to help do a cover of the ska song Monkey Man, which had us hopping on the stage and grabbing the microphone to sing along all while skanking throughout the tiny room.
Definitely a good time, it’s awesome seeing such an early and influential band in such a small intimate setting.
Highlights (from what I remember)
I’m Civilized (I think)
Last Years Youth
Punk Rocker (I think)
Don’t You Know, You’re Last Years Youth?
Hub City Stompers – Blood Sweat And Beers
Hub City Stompers – Ska Ska Black Sheep
Buzzcocks – Singles Go Steady
The Vibrators – 25 Years Of Pure Mania
The Clash – London Calling