Saturday, March 7, 2015

Buzzcocks at the Troc

Buzzcocks at the Troc

The Buzzcocks were one of the greatest - and most frequently overlooked - British bands of the punk era. The Mancunian foursome led by Pete Shelley and guitarist Steve Diggle specialized in adrenalized sonic assaults that never stinted on songcraft. The hits, such as they were, were "Orgasm Addict," "What Do I Get?" and "Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" but their two classic 1978 albums Another Music From A Different Kitchen and Love Bites were power punk-pop packages that didn't let up from start to finish. On the Another ... Bites tour, which comes to the Troc on Friday night, the current version of the 'Cocks, which includes Shelley and Diggle, will play both in their entirety. (Never fear, the songs are short.) Bass player Steve Garvey, who played on both albums  and didn't play for the Los Angeles Dogers in the '70s, gave up touring with the reunited band in 1992,  and now lives in New Hope in Bucks County. These days, Garvey (he's the one on the left) works for Toll Brothers as a carpenter,  handyman and self-described "jackass of all trades," but tonight he'll be up on stage for the encore with his old mates. Get there early for the The Dollyrots. More info here.

Previously: Dr. Dog At The Electric Factory

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