Tonight was a guaranteed three pronged assault on your dancing feet as a dual headliner ska fest saw Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake with Zebrahead thrown in for good measure roll into Glasgow’s ABC…call out for the builders to reinforce the sprung floor in the old cinema as it was surely going to be doing a bit of bouncing!!
First on the bill were the brilliant Californian punk/rappers band Zebrahead….boy these guys know how to use a stage, Opening with Rescue Me then immediately into Sirens from the latest album Call Your Friends the pace was blistering. Hell Yeah draws a huge response from the big crowd but the most bizarre moment of the night was when two guys dressed in lederhosen were introduced on the stage for Drink Drink My Germans…oh and I forgot to mention they had their own bar onstage…immense stuff from Zebrahead
Next up to the trampoline were a band who don’t need any introduction… Southern Californian Ska/punk outfit Reel Big Fish, opening with the song that started it off for them..Everything Sucks and immediately the packed crowd sprung into life with body after body surfing into the pit… Song after song played at an incredible pace was played Everyone Else Is An Asshole, Beer, She Has A Girlfriend Now, cover versions of Aha’s Take On Me and Toots’s Monkey Man where frontman Aarron Barret tells the story of being told to f!!k off by Neville Staples in an attempt to retrieve the lyrics!.
Less Than Jake complete this bouncy ska fest and arrive onto to stage with a cover of the Who’s Baba O’Riley…abridged! Good Enough started the mayhem in earnest with the audience …a crazy mix of punks, skater kids, and teen girls burst into life and start the crazy crowd surfing…the good time Ska/punk band once again make good use of the stage with dreadlocked bassist Roger Manganelli running from left to right, a relatively short set compared to Reel Big Fish compiled from their fairly lengthy back catalogue included Automatic, Sugar In Your Gas Tank The Science of Selling Yourself Short and Gainesville Rock City….
A great combination of bands and a great gig but not for the faint hearted or unfit as it was impossible to stand still for over three hours!!….excellent gig.