Gig Review by written by Martin Smith and Ged Hughes / Gig Photography by Ian Dunn


Kicking off Midland’s Goth Festival for 2013, Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons are a dynamic three-piece fronted by the compelling Pussycat clad in leopard-skin print, from face to tail and in-your-face red riot grrrl boots. Pumping out a dirty mix of punk and garage as our feline frontwoman prowled through the crowd, the Dirty Johnsons provided a backing of powerful, frantic drumming and grungy, downtuned rock’n’roll guitar. Puss may still be living with mum and dad, as she screamed during one tune, but pouncing into the audience from the on top of the bass drum she provided a gripping opening performance.

Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons


Taking audience partici-p-p-p-pation to a new level Dick Venom and the Terrortones took to the stage with Mr Venom wearing a long fur coat topped by a slick quiff and mega-sharp sideburns. The coat was soon shed as the band played their sleazy brand of rockabilly hooks, leaving Dick in nothing but stockings and the briefest black pants. Thrilling the audience as he moved through the crowd, strutting to the furthest tables and even at one point singing from behind the tiny H&H bar. A sex-charged tramp through scuzzy rock’n’roll trash Dick (literally) touched our goth-infested crowd with his enigmatic performance.

Dick Venom and the Terrortones


After an interlude which saw a group of goths and psychobillies staring and pointing up at the ceiling, trying to kick the projector it into action (how many goths does it take…), we were finally ready for our final act.

Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show


Headlining tonight Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show mixed DJ beats, 50’s garage rock, pyschobilly and industrial sounds. The Rodent AKA Andrew ‘Ratfink’ Wilson, sporting a full-on voodoo-goth persona complete with bone-trimmed hat and Marilyn Manson eyes, howled and screeched over The Ripper’s backing tracks and theremin breaks. Drawing heavily on The Cramps back catalogue the show climaxed with the video backdrop turning to 3D for a mash-up of 60s horror movie clips, in a surreal moment where our eyelinered, backcombed and glammed-up audience sported those fetching cardboard 3D glasses!


Charmingly hosted throughout by Porl Thecount Mchale, this was a fabulous start to what looks like being a hugely entertaining MGF2013.

Porl Thecount Mchale

One Response to “Midland’s Goth Festival (First Night) at The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, UK – 24th May 2013”

  1. Micky D Says:

    Excellent review – I almost feel I was there.

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