Our man Cameron Law went along to what promised to be a great night of underground punk infused country/folk in Glasgow last week…
Opening the show to a packed Audio was Dan Allen of Norwich punk rockers Ducking Punches who are about to drop their third full length album next month. Playing a mix of material from the upcoming record including new single ‘Goddamn Coward’ and older hits such as ‘Big Brown Pills from Lynn’ and ‘It’s Been A Bad Few Weeks’, these songs sound every bit as raw and powerful acoustic as they do with a full band set up. The set was brought to its end with the highly emotional JFH which tackles the taboo of the male suicide epidemic head on with Dan sharing his own experiences with losing friends to suicide and how we should all talk more about mental health issues. This set was just a taster to Glasgow about what Ducking Punches are all about and what they’re capable of. We expect big things from them and wouldn’t at all be surprised to see them headlining this venue themselves in the coming months.
After a brief interlude of cigarettes and whiskey it was time for Lucero to take to the stage. The band’s set tonight was a mammoth 90 minutes of punk influenced southern country which saw the band play a variety of material across their vast discography. Tracks like ‘Texas & Tennessee‘ were lapped up by the crowd and its clear to see that working class folk music from the other side of the Atlantic is still highly relatable to the Glaswegian crowd tonight. At times the pacing of the set seemed a bit odd, with faster tracks being followed by ballads before returning to faster sing-alongs which seemed to make moment hard to build however the hardcore fans at the front of the room didn’t seem to mind one bit, singing their hearts out throughout.
Tonight’s show saw two acts from very different places and backgrounds unite to create a terrific evening of raw and honest punk rock tunes played on instruments not usually associated with punk rock. The attitude and subject matter of Ducking Punches and Lucero really struck a chord with the audience tonight and showed what a truly relatable and uniting force punk rock can be.