Whoever the opening act were at the Barfly, they were awful. And that is basically that. Thankfully The Ripps came to save the day by walking on, plugging in and ripping up with their brand of shouty indie-punk. Opening with their last single Loco, they set their stall out for the rest of the set – Loud bass, sharp drums and some fuzzy guitars which blasted through the two minute track.
Without ever having to tie up their set with meaningless banter, the trio blasted their way through more short, sharp sonic blasts such as Vandals which proclaimed we are a generation of boozers and wasters, the sinister Vampires complete with its bassline which seems to come straight out of the Batfink theme tune and their tainted love song You Don’t Even Care.
They know how to have fun too, as proved by the Supergrass-like Holiday which was the most obvious example of Britpop influences filtering through their songs. All three members brought their own little individuality to the tracks, but no song would have been complete without drummer Rachel’s shrieking backing vocals.
Whatever you think of their hometown Coventry, The Ripps are belting. Like the title of their album says, Long Live The Ripps!