Chaos For Jonah – The Mariners Inn – 14/05/16


Following the runaway success of the Jonah Beats all-dayer and compilation album back in March, the guys behind that decided to stage a more Chaos flavoured fundraiser for the Helping Jonah – Helping Others charity as they invited SugarSlam, Honest Crooks and The Phantom Cosmonaut to take to the stage at the Mariners on the Bridge.

After some typical heavy and eccentric musical choice from DJ St. Ace, the live music go going with The Phantom Cosmonaut, now in two piece form with Brett Stewart’s drums backing up the fiercely overdriven guitars, but for obvious reasons that’s all I’ll say about that.

Honest Crooks continued from where they left off on Liberation Day, launching into their set of ska (should be) floor fillers in fine style. A slightly wobbly new song seemed to trip the trio up a little but it wasn’t long before they were back on form, if in a little more of fun-filled mood than on the big stage on Monday.

Honest Crooks with Bobby Battle
Honest Crooks with Bobby Battle

Even if the dancefloor wasn’t packed with skanking bodies the audience in the now busy pub still seemed to be enjoying things and having To The Woods’ main man Bobby Battle join Honest Crooks on kazoo for their take on Gentlemen’s Dub Club’s High Grade just kept the spirits getting higher.

With encores called for and provided, in the form of Sublime’s Date Rape and Reel Big Fish’s Beer, Honest Crooks continued their string of great shows.

Between sets Jade took over DJing duties with a selection ranging the well-known like David Bowie to obscure French gypsy punk style acts that, given the varied live music on offer tonight fit perfectly and showed why she was so successful in booking the Vale Earth Fair’s Stage Against The Machine last year.

SugarSlam seemed a little worse for wear as they launched into The Cult’s She Sells Sanctuary to start a set combining their own grungy power-pop tunes with a few classic covers.

SugarSlam with Stace
SugarSlam with Stace

While it may have been a bit loose and sloppy the set was, none-the-less hugely fun and energetic with older song Psychobabble, new number State and Sacred Hearts cover Adorable providing the highlights.

Their now customary takes on Motorhead’s Ace of Spades and The Stooges I Wanna Be Your Dog filled the dance floor as the SugarSlam neared the end of their set.

This came when former Mechanical Lobster frontman Stace Blondel joined the band on stage for an intense run at Guns ‘n’ Roses It’s So Easy which brought to a close another great Jonah Beats fundraiser that saw more than £600 donated to the charity.

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