U.K. Subs: Warhead
As the title of this DVD suggests, it features a live concert from the U.K. Subs, a British punk band who, as the title also suggests, have been together in one form or another for over 25 years. The DVD contains a text biography, an interview with the band, a set-list for the concert, and the concert itself which was recorded at The Marquee in London in 2002.
The interview sees the band discussing their considerable set-list, giving an insight into how and when the songs were written and what the inspiration behind them was. The band come across as a very literate bunch, and some of the stories about their back-catalogue are quite interesting, though the interview as a whole does tend to drag somewhat.
The live performance shows that they don't merely talk the talk. Despite the rather archetypal punk gig start - "Just cause I fucked your fucking mama - no need to fucking get violent" declares lead-singer Charlie Harper after a bottle of water bounces off of his chest - this is more than just a spit-at-me-while-I-shout affair. Whilst it is clear that this is more a revival than a new chapter for the U.K. Subs, and that their ferocity has become a tad blunted over the years, the band's genuine punk ethos really shines through and the tightness with which they deliver their set is a testament to the amount of time they have been together.
Punk might be dying, but it is certainly not dead. Long live the U.K. Subs . . .