This Demob Happy article was written by Stella Man, a GIGsoup contributor. Photos by Stella Man
The renowned 100 Club was a fine tour-date setting for promising four-piece, Demob Happy. Their prompt set-start led onto immediate bursts of energy as their intro led onto the compulsive yet ear-rupturing Suffer You; a fulfilling backdrop for Demob’s mass collection of reciprocating watchers. Matt Marcantonio’s first words of, ‘Cheers guys, how’s it fucking going!’ was well received in response to their initial display of raw energy.
Their early play of album charmer, Haat De Stank, and active play of their Summer Cash In, did not fail the Demobs as the well-synced chaos between front-man, Marcantonio and the forever pounding, Tom Armstrong clearly worked a treat for string boys, Adam Godfrey and ‘Rennie’ to subtly add their joint furore to. The crowd carried on their show of gratuitous bounces to the conflicting lyrics of ‘you really turn me on you – really turn me off’, within Summoner; with its fitting balance of distorted riffs flowing into the drearily ‘…say goodbye in case you learn to die’. The alluring penultimate Junk DNA offloaded its strikingly led riffs into their power-fuelled chant of ‘- I’m strung out!’
Marcantanio’s closing note of ‘thank you again, and goodnight…this is our last tune’ rolled into the quartet’s anthemic Young & Dumb with its psychedelic riffs leading onto the aptly placed ‘I know you’re making me – you’re making me – you’re making me sick’. Despite an encore no-show, the crowd and noticeable number of photographers were fulfilled right through to the end as the boys’ energetic nutness ended their well executed showcase in memorable fashion; with the casual bashing of Armstrong’s drums. Not to mention one joyous crowd member, who took it upon himself to join forces with Marcantonio onstage as they finished.
The sure-fire four’s blend of their frontman’s raspy vocals amongst their enrapturing riffs and ferocious drum pounding collaborates well to entice all, and transits skillfully onto a live setting.