LIVE REVIEW: Thee Acid Tongue + The Liarbilitys, Black Bull, Gateshead, Friday 18 October 2019

Thee Acid Tongue were appearing at The Black Bull for the first time. Pic: Gary Welford.

Gateshead’s very own punk pub The Black Bull is known for its championing of the DIY scene, hosting two or three gigs most weekends.

This Friday night bill featured one new band full of familiar faces, and another up-and-coming one, but sadly it clashed with a gig by North East favourites Penetration at The Cluny in Newcastle.

That meant the attendance was sparse, which was unfortunate, as both bands had travelled up from Birmingham, but they still gave it both barrels for those who made the effort.

Openers The Liarbilitys have been to the Bull before, as support for Knock Off back in March, and I was impressed then by their energetic set.

The Liarbilitys have been to The Black Bull before, with Knock Off. Pic: Gary Welford.

It prompted me to buy their debut album Antagonisms, which contains 11 slices of prime punk rock, and when I caught them at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool in August they had already improved as a band.

Tonight’s set was short and sweet, containing nine songs, including three new ones not on the record, and the good news is that they’re hoping to release a follow-up next year.

Mez, Rich, Ian, Dom and  Dick are a fabulous sight when they’re in full flight, singer Maz’s eyes bulging as he puts heart and soul into the show for an audience of maybe a couple of dozen as if there were 2,000 there,  while those around him thrash up a storm.

The Liarbilitys’ singer Mez in full flow at The Black Bull. Pic: Gary Welford.

Build More Prisons, Cathy (“oh, Cathy fuck off!”), Birmingham’s Bleeding and the closing Two Against One won big cheers from the audience, but sadly a late start meant there’s no time for an encore.

Thee Acid Tongue might not be a familiar name, but some of their members certainly will be to most punk fans. Singer Tommy Farrell is a founding member of Birmingham band Drongos For Europe, who were formed back in 1979, and guitarist Dave Ohms was also a Drongo.

Bass player Tracey Skarzynska is also in Revolt Chix and Strip Search Tramp and was in The Army Of Skanks, while drummer Steve Gameson is in Fukdust4. There’s usually a fifth member, rhythm guitarist KK Mauronik, but he’s back home in Canada tonight, so they play as a four-piece.

Thee Acid Tongue vocalist Tommy Farrell is better known as the frontman of Birmingham punk veterans Drongos For Europe. Pic: Gary Welford.

Formed just last year, they only have one release to their name, recent EP Electric Head. Two of its tracks, Home and 36 Needles, appear near the start of tonight’s set, while the title track and Blood, Sex and Alcohol, round it off.

They’re a punk rock ‘n’ roll outfit of the highest order, and I’d love to hear them with their absent guitarist, as they’re a formidable outfit even without him.

Even with a cover of Fukdust4’s Lorraine their set only contains nine songs, and Tommy promises to return with more next time. Hopefully they’ll bring The Liarbilitys with them again and pull the sort of crowd which bands this good deserve.

Thee Acid Tongues released their first EP earlier this year. Pic: Gary Welford.
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