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Clockwork punks finally wind up down under




The veteran ‘clockwork punks’ finally wind up down under

Here comes the weekend! The Adicts -- “the longest-serving punk band with the original line-up”, and perhaps the only one with a violin – have announced that they are bringing their carnival of lunacy and fun to Australia & NZ for the first time in March.

The Adicts are no ordinary punk band. So far, they have forgotten to grow up, change pace, get serious, or make any concessions to the passing of time. There was no reunion necessary, as these Jokers in the Pack have never stopped making manic high-energy records, touring Europe and the USA to ever-younger crowds, or altering their dress code to fit any fashion. Then again, The Adicts’ dress code has always been rather, er, specialized.

In Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, the white-clad and bowler-hatted Alex and his Droogs stand out against the landscape until, by the end of the film, they are co-opted into regular society and other uniforms. Not so for The Adicts: first donning the distinctive Droog look over thirty years ago (with no thoughts of “ultraviolence” or any especially antisocial behaviour), The Adicts have maintained this sartorial style along with their distinctive, up-tempo, power-punk approach over the decades, avoiding being co-opted into anything, and standing out against the rest of the punk landscape. Then again, when your frontman is called Monkey, always wears Joker pancake make-up, and eschews the Droog-ish whites of the rest of the band for eye-damaging bright colours and patterns, there’s little chance of blending in with anything.

Forming in Ipswich as the first wave of punk hit the UK, The Adicts had entered the public consciousness by 1980 with a bright sound that was more in tune with The Dickies or the Ramones than the heavy ‘social commentators’ who had come to characterize punk by that stage of the game. Still, there they were alongside the leather, studs’n’spikes brigade on such compilations as Punk And Disorderly (the band’s ‘Straightjacket’ was a highlight); and with tunes like ‘Viva La Revolution’ and ‘Chinese Takeaway’ having become punk anthems, The Adicts’ debut album Songs Of Praise entered the Indie Charts in the top five (something which ‘Ludwig Van’ has never achieved)..

The Adicts have not slowed down since: if any evidence is required, just check out the footage from their recent shows on youtube. The band’s first visit to these shores will be a blast. Do you like fun? Well, don’t miss these shows (if you’ve got any yarbles).


March 11th The Arena, Brisbane
w/ Mouthguard, The Pints, Black Market

March 12th The Metro, Sydney
w/ Glen & the Peanut Butter Men, Run For Cover, Unemployed super Villians

March 13th HiFi Bar & Ballroom, Melbourne
w/Bastard Squad, No Idea, Glen & The Peanut Butter Men

March 14th Ambassador Theatre, Pt Chev, Auckland
w/Missing Teeth, Black Chrome, Horror story, The Bludgers

March 15th Ambassador Theatre, Pt Chev, Auckland
w/City Newton Bombers, Roofdog, King Cannons, Shitripper

March 16th The Civic, Christchurch
w/ Gripper, Horror Story, Oi’s 2 Men


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