Walking into JB’s tonight to hear what can only be described as the unnerving music of Iron Lung is a disturbing sound. But what makes walking into the venue truly disheartening is the really poor turn out tonight. With perhaps 10 people stood at the back of the floor during their set and 20 people stood around the bar. Iron Lung seem don’t seem to take this to heart and see the funny side of it, telling people to clear the floor and that they are standing too close. Musically, very dark and brooding before breaking into thrashier punk moments, the American two piece are a diamond in the rough of unknown bands, and although the audience didn’t show great love for them, some were rather impressed.
A Municipal Waste gig is more of a party than a gig, but tonight they do seem a bit taken aback by the slim turn out for tonight. However, they fair better than Iron Lung due to the fact that people leave the bar and actually stand on the floor. Each song they play is a classic and they seem to have fun playing them, but you can’t help but feel that the party is let down by the numbers. To combat this, for the last few songs, front man Tony invites the audience to join them on the stage, which about 15 people do, leaving those more conservative members of the audience to watch from the back. Stage dives and sharing the microphone should be what the whole set should’ve been full of, but luckily it happened for a few songs which was more than enough to make this night go out with a bang! The Waste were on top form tonight, just let down by the lack of advertising by the venue and promoter. Roll on next time!
by Jonny Almond