The Masonics headline Friday’s opening night bill at Dabadaba. Direct descendants of The Milkshakes, without whom none of us would be doing this, Mick Hampshire began the band as a recording-only project in about 1990, having taken a 15 year breather from show business.
Clutching the sticks, or rattling the traps, as he puts it, is the irrepressible Bruce Brand. Taking inspiration from his heroes Mick Avory, Tony Meehan and Clem Cattini, Medway’s most erudite guitarist turned himself, after the Pop Rivets demise, into Medway’s premier sticksman (with all due deference to the Wolf). Thanks Bruce too for designing the Weekender’s poster & fliers.
That eponymous debut featured Daggerman Jon Barker on bass and remains a favourite of mine, especially the cracking opener ‘You Can’t Fight My Love’.
Eventually, about the turn of the millennium, Mick was persuaded to tread the boards once more, with a line up including Toe Rag recording genius Liam Watson, who was replaced by Kaiser and Wildebeest John Gibbs about a dozen years ago. Edinburgh’s finest four-string twanger lives in Brighton these days and will be keeping both the Spanish tobacco and hair grease industries afloat over the weekend.
Bringing some much needed glamour to the proceedings, Miss Ludella Black will be making her customary guest appearance with the band in San Sebastian by kind permission of Damaged Goods Records.
What is guaranteed is the very epitome of the Medway Sound; Rhythm’n’Beat of the first water fuelled by Burns guitars, Ludwig drums and a fair sprinkling of local booze.
[Video Credit – Dirty Water Club – Many thanks.]
[Photo Credits – Owen Thomas (photoshoot); Retro Man Blog (100 Club live shot) – Many thanks]