If any type of music can be said to have a connection with London, it’s punk. There’s little point going over the history of the capital’s relationship with gob-spewing maniacs in ripped leather and piercings — suffice it to say, New York’s feeble claims on punk are destroyed by the music that pulses through the veins of our wonderfully angry city.
On Saturday (26 October) we’re given the opportunity to celebrate the spoils of the late seventies and what’s come since at the 2013 London Punk Rock Record Fair. Presented by Disconnect Disconnect Records, Monkey Boy Records and Merch Mouth, the fair takes place over two floors of The Macbeth in Hoxton where it will be special releases a go-go (or, indeed, a pogo) from the various labels involved.
Other labels include Lockjaw, Alcopop, Big Scary Monsters, Tangled Talk and Holy Roar, but if the opportunity to pick up a load of releases from great punk bands and labels isn’t enough, how about some free live music?
Among the bands performing on the day (kick off is at 2pm) are Fighting Fiction, Hindsights, Holy Pinto! and Nathan Detroit, plus a set from London’s own uproarious punk unit Pacer.
We’ll allow ourselves to be biased about Pacer for a second. Their album Making Plans is available from Bandcamp in various formats containing 12 perfect punk jabs to the ribcage, and it’s available at a highly tempting ‘name your price’ (with extra for t-shirts and a 12-page, 8 x 8 inch lyric and art book).
Entry to see Pacer, the other bands and to the record fair itself is free, so get yourself along to The Macbeth for a highly charged afternoon of music to remind yourself why London is unquestionably the punk capital of the world.
Image by Whiskey With An E in the Londonist Flickr Pool