By Natalie Greener
What an amazing entry into February! As an avid fan of punk music and culture, Cabbage were a breath of fresh air. The punk culture seems to be more and more diluted with every passing moment. Yet, the bands who represent the culture are keeping it alive. Cabbage had a diverse crowd at The Bodega – from young hipsters enjoying a mosh to aged blue mohawks gracing the crowd. Truthfully, it was refreshing.
Keeping with the rebellious feel of the night, the first support – Real Life Entertainment – blessed the stage to a multitude of folk who were down astonishingly early. With their set lasting until half seven, the Glasgow boys knew how to entertain. Their punky psychedelic rocker sound slid right alongside the sets of their alternative counterparts and Real Life Entertainment got the crowd moving. Teens riddled with angst began to gather upstairs at Bodega and the rowdy night was beginning to get well underway. Checking the Scottish lads out more post gig, I have become a regular listener to ‘River Styx’ – a track released on their 2017 EP that is available on all the main music sites. I highly recommend grabbing a ticket if you’re ever lucky enough to have RLE bless your humble abode as their stage presence and chemistry between the lead singers is something not every band is graced with. Truly a benefaction to young post punk anarchists.
Next up were one of my favourite acts that I have ever seen appear on Bodega’s stage. Primarily because they were so juxtaposing to their predecessors. The Rhythm Method – two London lads who have taken the indiesphere by storm, were perfect artists to take a breather to before Cabbage. With a synthesised sound complimenting a keyboard and rapping style, their most popular tunes (‘Local Girl’ being my absolute favourite) had the crowd singing along. I have never seen a mohawked man in his fourties look so happy.
Cabbage really represent the liberal ideas of the millennials today. Quoted as the messengers of ‘“liberation and fury”, their 2017 tour focused on Brexit went down as an absolute hit and shattered social media. It’s been a long time since I have stayed the entire duration of a gig. Nottingham’s music scene is very reflective of the UK’s alternative taste. Despite working so closely with our local favourites, indie pop bands are dominating everybody and every band.
There’s only so many guitar riffs I can take. The best thing about Cabbage is that they sincerely – from the bottom of their hearts – don’t give a shit. They come on stage and play their music to the masses whilst avoiding the typical indie branding most musicians suffer from. They were raw and edgy. No one had tried to smooth their sound or neaten their look. Thus, the gig was absolutely mega. With feisty vocals from Eoghan Clifford and Joe Martin, Lee Broadbent on guitar, Steven Evans on bass and Asa Morley on drums, the stage was nearly as crowded as the floor. Ending their set with ‘Uber Capitalist Death Trade’, their goal of nihilism was certainly portrayed in the set. And, as a punk enthusiast, I cannot wait to see where these guys end up. Unlikely to make mainstream radio anytime soon, I urge you to have the Cabbage experience yourself. Undergoing the therapeutic process definitely benefited me.
Images by Lucy Moulds