If you never heard of UK’s 70s punk band Menace, do yourself a favor and go grab one of their albums immediately… (I recommend their Punk Singles Collection compilation as a good starting point) go ahead, I’ll wait.
I firmly believe that Menace is one of the most criminally underrated bands of their time. Playing catchy oi punk, while other UK bands of their era could easily pack out a bigger venue here such as The Buzzcocks a few weeks ago or Cock Sparrer anytime they come around, Menace is so underrated that I get to see them at a small dive such as Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie, and I’m definitely not complaining.
I got to Kung Fu Necktie and there were only about 30 of us in the crowd or so. Personally these small intimate shows are my favorite types, and it didn’t deter Menace at all as they blasted through their opener/soundcheck song “One Two One Two”. The band was on point as they ripped through their set, stopping momentarily to talk about how fucked this election is from an outsider’s perspective (don’t worry guys, it’s incredibly ridiculous from our citizen perspective as well). The band also kept things light hearted as well, bringing a cake on stage for their friend (singer of Violent Society), who stayed on stage and did a song with them.
Majority of the set was songs from Punk Singles Collection (as expected), but they threw in plenty of newer ones as well. Menace is easily one of my favorite oi punk bands around and one of my favorite bands that still play who got their start in the 70s. If you didn’t go check out their Punk Singles Collection already, you’re seriously missing out.
Setlist highlights (from what I remember, not in order)
One Two, One Two
Vote Punk Rock
I Need Nothing
The Young Ones
Last Year’s Youth
Menace – GLC