The Strypes Koko
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The Strypes Koko 02/10/2015

It seems at the moment as though everything comes at once, on the night when the New Town Kings (top reggae/ska band) played the Bassment and the Blues in the City festival kicked off in Chelmsford, either of these events I would have loved to have gone to. We find ourselves on an early train to Camden to see the mighty Strypes. I love the Strypes, apparently Dr Feelgood influenced a lot of the Punk bands, I think the Strypes are what Dr Feelgood would have been like if they had been influenced by Punk Rock. As usual we missed the support. There is a reason for this, the beer in the Koko comes in cans, and it is not very good and cost £6 each so the less time in there guzzling that overpriced muck the better.

As usual Dirty old Town was played quickly followed by Baba O’Riley, this meant the band were about to come on. They started with a song from their new album “84” and continued with a mixture of tunes from both of their LP’s. They treated us to “What a shame” “A good night’s sleep and a cab fare home” “Queen of the Half Crown” “Scumbag City” “Mystery Man” “Hometown Girls” “Blue Collar Jane” and a great cover of Joe Jackson’s “I’m the Man,” plus many more but you get the flavour. The Koko was bouncing and at my age I was probably a bit near the mosh pit and I was standing at the back. All of the songs were played at 100mph, powerful, intense and loud. They finished with 3 covers “Kick out the Jams” “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and “You can’t judge a book by the cover.” Fantastic stuff, the start of a brilliant weekend as I saw Joel Fisk and the Breakdown Saturday and watched the mighty Arsenal humiliate Man U on Sunday.


Duncan Oct 2015






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