Rolling into the 100 Club on Oxford Street on this chilly Thursday night was like taking a seriously nostalgic trip back in time to when rock 'n' roll was still shaking the city to its roots, and headliners Heavy Metal Kids in full flow simply added to that in droves!
Having been around in various line-ups since 1974, original members Keith Boyce, Cosmo and Ronnie Thomas have now combined their talents with those of John 'Nasty Nick' Altman and Justin McConville and the lot of them are bouncing round like spring chickens on stage, seemingly enjoying the band's revival and latest reincarnation as much, if not more, that we are!
Their loud and boisterous punk yob rock fills the club to the rafters and John Altman, collar firmly up and grinning from ear to ear, belts out a mixture of old and new tracks with gusto, kicking off with 'Blow It All Away' and 'Hit The Right Button', proving without a doubt that he's a natural successor to the much missed Gary Holtman.
'Hanging On' is a full force rock 'n' roll monster and 'Chelsea Kids' and 'A Hundred Skeletons' give us a seriously loud blast from the past, kicking out the jams in fine style.
After a few minutes of technical hitches and misbehaving amps - well it is a punk gig! - they bounce back rather ironically with 'Crisis' and 'On The Street'. 'The Cops Are Coming' and the classic 'She's No Angel' go down a storm with the crowd rammed full of young and old rockers alike and a host of various TV luvvies. Hell, we may not have been pogoing in body but we definitely were in spirit!
Stonking on through their latest offering, the exuberant 'Uncontrollable', they finish in a whirl with 'Delirious'. Raucous, shouty punk fun to the max.
Heavy Metal Kids take their three decades of songs and mash them up with some irresistible energy, blitzing music, humour and attitude with Altman leading from the front looking like he was born to play this role. All this gives rise to a wickedly fun night of punk rock mayhem.
Catch them at a gig near you this summer, you're guaranteed to have a great night!