The Computers at The Soup Kitchen
Facebook, with all its timewasting abilities, does occasionally come up trumps with recommendations for bands in my news feed, The Computers being one example. After checking out some of their tracks I was hooked, perhaps a high energy rock’n’roll replacement for the now sadly defunct Jim Jones Revue. Further research found they were playing in Manchester, result!
The Soup Kitchen was a new venue to me and I was surprised how basic it was. Its like your grandmothers whitewashed cellar with a toilet in the corner, a bar that looked like it had just been nailed together an hour or so earlier and a stage lit with just four lights. Plenty of PA though and considering the size of the room it was going to be loud.
Opening act were Cumbrian three piece Colt45 who provided a 30 minute slice of catchy melodic punk. Lots of riffs and songs mainly taken from their debut album “The Tide Is Turning”, including single “OK” which hooks you nicely. Thoroughly enjoyable and well worth checking out.
The Computers marched onto stage in stylish matching black suits, white shirts and black pencil ties. They launched into their raucous rock’n’roll set with a steely determination and a punk edged swagger all of their own.
The band is dominated by singer/guitarist Alex Kershaw who regularly jumps in and out of the crowd, coming across like Elvis on a speed trip. He was unpredictably entertaining. But that wasn’t enough for Kershaw, he ended up dancing and singing from on top of the bar at the back of the room for a couple of numbers. Whilst he is the focus the band continued to pump out more of their raw garage rock’n’roll songs with “Love Triangles, Hate Squares” setting the pace. And they were tight, destroying the audience.
“Mr. Saturday Night” was dedicated to a certain host of a music show – you know the one he means – whilst the biggest song of the evening was “Music Is Dead”. There was even time for a wall-of-death in the far too short set. The audience were masticated and spat out, this was a brutal gig.
There are not many bands out there doing this sort of music this well and I was on such a high at the end of the gig, it had been a highly satisfying rock’n’roll assault on my senses. There is a successor to the Jim Jones Revue and The Computers are it!
Words & Photos: Anthony Firmin