Blink-182 It was summer 2001 and the sun shone down on the Spanish isle of Lanzarote, the cool young lad with his baggy shorts and trucker cap lent me his headphones and thus began the journey of enlightenment that is Blink-182. The holiday romance fizzled out but the love of the punk-rock cheeky ditties did not and here we are sixteen years later, older, wiser and at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena.


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The Front Bottoms The Front Bottoms have barely left the UK over the last couple of years, which shows how they've gone from playing the Temple to the Main room here tonight. The stage is dressed to feel like a cozy living room, filled win standard lamps and a sofa complete with jaded girl glued to phone. ‘Scream’ plays on an old TV and only the double mirror ball fun denotes the occasion.


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The Menzingers The Menzingers’ neo Pop Punk Power-chord skullduggery success is theirs for the taking. As for The Front Bottoms' tiresome, humour-free moniker, well who says our ex-colonial American cousins don’t have a sense of Jonathan Richmond retro-irony? But, for wanting better than sticking a swarm of scorpions down your skids, you’d be hard done to beat opening band, Above Them. This energetic, noise-extreme collective of machine-gunning guitar young men with melodic chopped-crocodile chords eagerly snapping at your ear bollocks really are the business. With now-time, new-matey uber New Wave vim they immediately endeared themselves to the Hare punters with a, "Cheers for coming out early!"


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The Menzingers The Menzingers’ neo Pop Punk Power-chord skullduggery success is theirs for the taking. As for The Front Bottoms' tiresome, humour-free moniker, well who says our ex-colonial American cousins don’t have a sense of Jonathan Richmond retro-irony? But, for wanting better than sticking a swarm of scorpions down your skids, you’d be hard done to beat opening band, Above Them. This energetic, noise-extreme collective of machine-gunning guitar young men with melodic chopped-crocodile chords eagerly snapping at your ear bollocks really are the business. With now-time, new-matey uber New Wave vim they immediately endeared themselves to the Hare punters with a, "Cheers for coming out early!"


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