Rebel Alliance Tour 2010
Venue: The Cockpit
Date: Feb 16 2010
Label: Rebel Alliance
Rebel Alliance Recordings is run by Manchester ska punk group Sonic Boom Six. The label, excluding SB6, now has four bands signed up following the signing of new London based reggae band, The Skints. The Rebel Alliance tour featured Random Hand, Mouthwash and Chris Murray as well as The Skints.
Chris Murray opened the gig alongside two members of The Skints, hence the stage name Chris Murray and Friends. The Canadian born musician was a fitting opener to the show, offering a slice of feel-good ska and reggae to get the crowd moving. Mouthwash were the second band to take to the stage, and they certainly offered a more punk-orientated display. The south London five piece created a high energy set, bringing the small venue to life. In their fifteenth year together, it was clear that the ska-punk outfit knew how to structure an energetic performance; with tracks such as That Girl breaking up the more up-beat tracks.
The third band to take to the stage were reggae band, The Skints. With the recent release of their debut album; Live.Build.Breathe.Believe, it was evident that The Skints were what a large proportion of the crowd had come to see. As always, The Skints put on a top class show, blending in and out of songs immaculately to keep the crowd moving right until the end of the set. On top of showcasing the songs from the bands new album, demonstrations of one or two new songs sounded very promising.
The headliners for the night, understandably, were Leeds based (or close enough) Random Hand. The ska-punk four piece weren’t about to let energy levels fall for their headlining set, demanding circle pits and even a wall of death for the final song, perhaps not overly suitable for the small venue, but good fun all the less. The band played a range of songs including the single, Anger Management and The Right Reasons.
For £8 entry, not only did the Rebel Alliance Tour offer four great bands, but also great value for money. Sonic Boom Six have a wealth of talent behind their record label, from a bunch of bands who clearly care about the music and the people.
~ Article by James Murray