It’s fair to say that unless you’ve zero interest in music of any sort, regardless of your age, then ‘Teenage Kicks’ and ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ will be songs you recognise the moment they pound out of the nearest speakers. However The Undertones, who emerged from Derry, Northern Ireland, way back in the mid-70’s are so much more than these two, admittedly perfect, slices of pop-punk rock ‘n’ roll. With a run of chart denting, classic singles that often took a serious, yet witty look at teenage life – ‘Get Over You’, ‘Here Comes The Summer’ ‘Wednesday Week, ‘My Perfect Cousin’ to name just a few – as a live act The Undertones have no need to save the best ‘til last.
From start to finish you can expect the venue to be bouncing with people simply having a great time as these powerful, guitar fuelled numbers full of angst are delivered one after another. And the power of The Undertones didn’t stop once they were without original vocalist Fergal Sharkey. Paul McLoone has sung with the band since 1999 and they have since released new material in the form of two albums that show no let-up in pace, power or attitude. “Perfect pop-punk” may be a lazy way to describe The Undertones but no other band does it as well as them with every live show they do erupting into a mass of joyous movement.
Support comes from special guest Hugh Cornwell, original vocalist and writer of some big hits with those men in black The Stranglers who, with his band, will perform a set that’s likely to include instantly remembered classics such as ‘Peaches’, ‘No More Heroes’, ‘Golden Brown’, ‘Always The Sun’ and more as well as a mix of quality songs from his critically acclaimed solo albums.
Words and Pics by Steve White