Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of The Saints’ album ‘(I’m) Stranded’, founding member, guitarist and songwriter Ed Kuepper relived his material in rocking form at the Barwon Club on the 23rd of June and delivered a night filled with classic favourites.
The early 1990’s saw classic punk band, The Saint’s guitarist, Kuepper form another band, ‘The Aints’, employing a titled pun. The aim was to recapture the early energy of the Saints and this certainly proved true at their latest show.
Supported by Melbourne punks, Ausmuteants, the night opened with a frenzy of warped and synthy futuristic punk, warming the crowd nicely. The room begins to fill and beer is flowing by the time The Aints take to the stage and the crowd rustles in anticipation.
After a quick introduction, Ed and the Aints begin, slightly stiff and rigid but it doesn’t take them long to get into the groove, exploding on the stage with classic punk-rock ferocity. Backed with the punch of the four piece horn section, the Aints performed tracks like ‘(I’m) Stranded’, ‘Know Your Product’ and ‘This Perfect Day’, getting the crowd rocking as they would have back in the day.
A mixed crowd of old and young punk fans filled the room but by the end of the night, everyone was head banging and thrashing in the same punk rock manner, creating a wild and dirty scene for all. Overall it was a wild night of noisy rock’n’roll fun – great to see old rockers are keeping the punk flame burning.
The Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong
Saturday June 23 2018
Supported by Ausmuteants
Reviewed by Aine Keogh