Daisy vs … Anti-Flag & Reel Big Fish: O2 Kentish Town Forum, 16 October 2017

NAME
Daisy

AGE
38

PROFESSION 
Pet Psychologist

What sort of music do you normally listen to?
Grungey, indie, rock, folk stuff mainly. Essentially BBC Radio 6 Music with a little classical and jazz thrown in for good measure.

If it was your choice, who/what would we be seeing tonight?
David Bowie! Seriously, anyone really, I’m always up for seeing new bands so I’m just hoping for something fun, maybe something a little different.

Knowing my tastes, who/what do you think you’re going to see tonight?
I think I’ll be seeing loud and shouty bands that swear and have long hair, with added double bass pedalling. Wait, I want to refine my answer to the second question. I want to see some double bass pedalling!

We’re going to see Reel Big Fish, a ska punk band from California that wears Hawaiian shirts and performs with a three-piece horn section; and Anti-Flag, an overtly political punk band from Pennsylvania.  What are your expectations now?
Horns? Amazing! I love brass! I hope they’re like The Specials in that case. As for Anti-Flag, I’m expecting something similar to [Californian indie band] SWMRS, who I saw last week, but with fewer 12-year-olds in the audience and a slightly better definition of the word punk. I’m expecting them to be very earnest and preach “love everybody and don’t be mean to people” a lot.

What are your hopes for the evening?
I’m hoping to be wowed by brass, I’m totally excited by the brass. I’m not expecting to enjoy the music a great deal, but I’m expecting to be entertained in one way or another!

What are your fears?
I don’t want anyone to throw any beer or piss on me. I have to work in these clothes tomorrow!

[After getting a drink in the downstairs bar, Daisy elects to watch from the balcony where it is less crowded, she has a better view, and there is less chance of receiving an unwelcome shower. Within seconds of Anti-Flag starting up, she gleefully (and smugly) declares, “See? I told you someone would throw a beer!”]

What are your thoughts on the show?
Anti-Flag were much better than SWMRS. I particularly liked Will from ‘Will & Grace’ [guitarist Justin Sane] and Guy Fieri [drummer Pat Thetic], and the other fella’s messages of common sense. They pulled a few too many cliché rock moves for my liking, although Will was very nimble, I liked that. The music was ok. My foot was tapping a lot. Like this [demonstrates].
I preferred Reel Big Fish. They were fun, energetic, and much closer to my own age. I appreciate that. Anti-Flag were way too serious in comparison, whereas Reel Big Fish seem like they’re at a stage in their lives where they couldn’t give a shit, and that’s a really great attitude. I’m also a massive fan of ska, so the cover of ‘Monkey Man’ was brilliant, I loved that.

Would you see them again?
Anti-Flag, no. Reel Big Fish, definitely

CONCLUSION: A partial success at the jauntier end of the spectrum. Needs more heavy

Read MonkHammer’s full review of the gig here



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