Call Me Malcolm

support Millie Manders and the Shut Up + The Pisdicables + Filthy Militia + Dan Peters
author MAK date 06/04/18 venue New Cross Inn, London, UK

Never before have I seen a DIY level band had an album produce so much hype. Perhaps the last time I saw this level of excitement over a band of this stature was the likes of Gallows and Enter Shikari in 2006 and 2007. Call Me Malcolm’s album, “I Was Broken When You Got Here” has near enough the whole ska punk community of the United Kingdom talking, and that hype has even spread to the likes of Vinnie from Less Than Jake praising the release. You know you are on to something special when members from other bands on the scene such as Popes of Chillitown, Just Say Nay, Codename Colin just to name a few are turning up to the launch party if they haven’t got another show booked. Joining Call Me Malcolm for this special night was fellow UK ska-punk outfits, Millie Manders and the Shut Up, The Pisdicables, Filthy Militia as well as an acoustic set from Dan Peters and an after party from King Punch.

Dan Peters

Dan Peters kicked the evening off with a chirpy solo acoustic performance, offering plenty of banter with the early attendees before he even started. Peters’ delivery was highly passionate in terms of performance and in song topics, especially with the track “Bad Religion”, a homage to the band in question, a song written in the style of punk icons Bad Religion with negative viewpoints about religion. Another song was about wanting to be proud to be British, “Taking It Back”, which can be seen as a sort of anti-Brexit anthem. Though highlights, of course, came from covers, “Doughnut Man” by the men of the hour, Call Me Malcolm, followed shortly by Blink 182’s “Dammit”. Solid opener set, a few people sang along to the covers, but this was more to wet the whistle for the “proper bands” as Peters stated.6]

Filthy Militia

London ska punks, Filthy Militia were a member down due travel issues, but the rest of the band battled on to give this New Cross Inn crowd some skank worthy anthems to get the blood pumping and the adrenalin flowing. Filthy Militia treated us all to an array of songs from their recently released EP, “Innocent Until Proven Filthy”, opening with the bouncy hit “Up In Smoke”, though also showing their two-tone influences with “Little Sister”. Much like the opening set, the most memorable moment was a cover, this time of “The Bad Touch” by Bloodhound Gang, it was amazing that quite a lot of people remembered and shamelessly rapped along. It was a cheerful set that had a few people dancing about early. The booze was flowing a bit more and the room was gradually getting busier.

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The Pisdicables

The Pisdicables are favourites at New Cross Inn, a part of the Be Sharp family that brings events to the venue regularly, so it was no shock the London ska punks filled the venue enough that the heat in the room really picked up. Similar to Filthy Militia, The Pisdicables delivered an array of upbeat two-tone anthems that had the floor bouncing, and fans getting their knees up to popular favourites such as “Never Learn” and “Spooky”. The London lads produced a cover of TV theme song, “Only Fools and Horses” which was a nice addition to the performance. “I Know I Know” was dedicated to former member Mike Crampton who sadly lost his life last year. The sing-along towards the end always gets your hairs standing on end as the crowd sings along with the band.

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Millie Manders and the Shut Up

The loveable Millie Manders and her band The Shut Up followed up by opening with an array of cheerful vibes in the skanktastic hit “Little Big Mouth”. Instantly the crowd was bouncing, and dancing once again. The great thing about watching Millie Manders is the outright energy the frontwoman has, there isn’t a more enthusiastic lead singer in ska punk, and that eagerness oozed into the crowd to keep the momentum flowing. We were treated to plenty of tracks from the “Obsession Transgression” EP, including the horn-heavy title track. This was shortly followed by the drinking song “Bacchus”, which we played a game of taking a sip every time Manders said the word drink. “Teddy”, was the attention grabber though as the frontwoman unleashed her psychotic nature, acting all erratic and even crawled across the floor as she shouted into her microphone. The set ended with the new-ish song, “The One That Got Away”, which closed the performance with a nice little sing along between Manders and the crowd. If you had seen Millie Manders perform before in the last year, this felt a fair bit routine, but no less enjoyable to watch as it proved to be once again a jolly set to watch.

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Call Me Malcolm

It was time for the men of the hour, Call Me Malcolm hit the stage to a packed out room. Kickstarting the set with “F.T.I.M”, the exuberant instrumental piece that had all horn lovers dancing right away, this led into the new album’s opening song “The Gentleman And The Onion” that packed the right kind of punch and already had a large selection of people singing along even though the album had only just been released that day. Due to this being an album launch, most of the songs were from the new release, however, the set wasn’t full of older favourites as we were treated to popular track “I Sold My Cat” early on. The intensity of the crowd picked up massively, the singing, the skanking, all of it was delivered with more passion. In the handful of times I had been to the New Cross Inn, I had never seen the venue this busy, or this active for a band before.

The next wave of songs were all from the new album in some random order, first with the initial video track, “There's No "I" In Apocalypse”, a hit that had all the whole room bellowing the chorus, though it was previously unreleased tracks such as “Show Me What You Got”, “In Treatment” and “Restore Factory Settings” that surprised the band with how well they were received by the crowd. The latter had a deafening a capella sing-along, and the look on the faces of all the band members told you everything about how much they appreciated the response.

That final third of the set was full of more classics, including ‘Doughnut Man’, the same song that Dan Peters sang acoustically earlier in the night. Peters then took the opportunity to join the band on stage to sing with them. “Does My Offbeat Look Big In This” once again brought the same kind of intensity and vibrant pit dancing. Pints were flying and it led to the now rather common use of getting the crowd to sit down and then jump up. Much like with the new album, Call Me Malcolm finished off the set with “All My Nameless Friends” in the most epic manner possible, causing everyone in the room to “Woaah” along with the band, even when the music had stopped. It was the kind of moment that has the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. It was the perfect end to the perfect set.

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King Punch

For the after party, London ska punks, King Punch took what felt like an impossible set to follow and had some fun with the remaining crowd that didn’t have to rush off for the train. The venue stayed remarkably full for a set that was pure silliness, one full of amusing ska covers of pop songs such as Ricky Martin’s “Livin Da Vida Loca” and The Merrymen’s “Feeling Hot Hot Hot”, the latter of the two even had a rather large conga line running through the venue as the song was performed. The best cover was of System of a Down classic, “Chop Suey”, which got the most vibrant reaction; crazy moshing skank pits galore. On top of the covers, King Punch pulled out some new tracks that went down well enough to keep the floor pumping, as well as the usual classics such as “Enrico”, and “Try Before You Buy”. It was a fun way to end a brilliant night.

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