Reviewer: Jonny Black
You could be fooled into thinking that this is just another night of 80’s nostalgia, reliving the memory of one of the decades most influential bands – The Jam. This is much more than that though. The majority of the songs do come from the bands impressive back catalogue but there is new material too. The material sounds as fresh and innovative today as it did back in the day.
The intimate venue in Sale plays host to the fist date in a long tour for the band which takes in two other venues in Manchester this year! It’s the opening night and they blast through the set, no holes barred, volume cranked up and with plenty of exciting punk spirit!
The venue is virtually full with 40s and 50s mods along with younger Jam converts and curious music fans alike. The lighting is dim and simple along with the staging, which is as raw as the music itself.
The original line up of The Jam consisted of trio – Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler and only Foxton remains in this new incarnation. He is joined by Russell Hastings and the two of them make a dynamic and tight unit. Since the demise of The Jam in the 80s there have been many disputes and falling outs with Paul Weller going on to enjoy a very successful solo career. This though is now all in the past and all band members are speaking amicably.
The set tonight is made up of Jam classics along with material from their forthcoming album Smash The Clock, due for release on March 20th.
Stand out songs include Eton Rifles, Smithers-Jones and David Watts. The confidence and spirit grow throughout the set with Hastings declaring early on that they should move on from the ‘slower stuff’ and get on with the faster songs. The crowd responds and the momentum grows. Other Jam classics like Going Underground and Strange Town follow before the band returns to play an encore of Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, To Be Someone and A Town Called Malice.
Enthusiastic applause rings out and the audience leave the venue very happy into the warm spring evening. The evergreen Foxton is great tonight. Perhaps a little older but still with trademark tight mod suit and spikey hair. Excellent night of music all round.
Reviewed on 5 May, 2016 | Image: Contributed