It seems that The Exploited have a bit of a love affair with Australia, which is a very fine thing indeed. Punk families all around this wide land hold this band, which is a fine proponent of the anarcho-punk genre, in high esteem.
Hailing from bonny Scotland during the late 70’s, The Exploited were right amongst it when western political turmoil, world unrest, and difficult local conditions set the scene for angst and the creative energy that came with it.
For too long, mainstream bands have had really nothing to say, so while these guys are ‘old school’, they’re like a breath of fresh air in a world that’s experiencing ‘new’ old problems. The Exploited is still an angry unit, and still very relevant.
Wattie Buchan(vocals) is ex army and tolerates no bullshit when it comes to politics, power mongers and big game players generally. If he were in charge, he’d be nobody’s puppet. Basically with a gig like this you get honesty, and who would be game to dance around with superlatives when attempting to describe the gig culture they create?
Max Watt’s House of Music wasn’t full…great for punters who needed the space to slam and room to keep the Mohawk standing at full attention. Wullie Buchan (drums), Irish Rob (bass) and Matt ‘Justice’ McGuire (guitar) ripped out the music in A-league form. Totally impressive!
Too soon the fourteen-song set was done, with The Vibrators ‘Troops of Tomorrow’ a highlight of classic songs. A shoe thrown from the crowd onto the stage, elicited “It’s a bloody boomerang” from Wattie.
The encore saw dozens of people joining the band for ‘Sex and Violence’, the iconic ‘Punk’s Not Dead’ and the final treat of the evening, ‘Was it Me?’
Anarcho-punk performed by the real deal is a cathartic experience, and despite the seriousness of the message, uplifts because nothing stirs hope like raw, unadulterated sincerity.