One of the few positives of living in Newcastle is the free shows that Trillians occasionally puts on and tonight just happens to be one of those gigs, as Boston’s Have Nots pay us a visit a few dates into their first ever UK tour.
Following a diabolical performance from tonight’s soul support act – who are really not worth discussing – the Have Nots are our saving grace as the four-piece deliver their raucously energetic and punch-you-in-the-face punk rock with some slight ska undertones. Don’t be mistaken though, there’s not a chequered slack or trombone in sight; this is 100% full of grit. Touring in support of their debut full-length, Serf City, recently re-released this year on Paper + Plastick, the band are given a generous amount of time to whack out all of its politically and socially-conscious anthems from One in Four to Used To Be. It’s nothing but a captivating performance from start-to-finish, and granted that many of tonight’s crowd weren’t previously familiar, there’s no doubt that they have made a lasting impression.
– Faye Turnbull.
Keep an eye out for our interview the Have Nots coming soon!