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TV Smith at Prince Albert, Brighton 30.10.22 (photo Mark Kelly)

TV SMITH & THE BORED TEENAGERS + DAMAGE UK + THE DINZ – THE PRINCE ALBERT, BRIGHTON 30.10.22

TV blacksmith & Bored teenagers taking the time to support The Damned’s original line-up on their reunion tour (Review HERE) to bring their high-octane punk to Brighton Prince Albert. The support tonight comes from The Dinz and UK damages.

The Dinz at Prince Albert, Brighton 30.10.22 (photo Mark Kelly)

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The Dinz hailing from Portsmouth and made up of Mark Ballard on vocals, Rob Mathew on guitar, Steve Dowdell on bass and Turkee (I’m not quite sure if that’s the name his parents gave him, but that’s what I’ve been told!) on drums. They formed four years ago with the aim of recreating 1977 punk, which they seem to have achieved quite comprehensively.

The Dinz at Prince Albert, Brighton 30.10.22 (photo Mark Kelly)

Mark Ballard is a charismatic leader, while Rob Mathew plays effective rhythm guitar mixed with some pretty searing solos. He certainly plays more and better solos than Johnny Ramone ever did! The lyrics are often quite political in a general sense. ‘Treason’ is around November 5th for example. ‘Turn that noise down’ instantly reminds me of my late father! Interestingly, the verses border on reggae. One thing that The Dinz’s music reminds you of is that punk music was quite varied and was built on a variety of different influences. Anyway, this half hour was very pleasant. I wish they could play longer.

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Damage UK at Prince Albert, Brighton 30.10.22 (photo Mark Kelly)

UK damages also only have half an hour, so apparently they talk a lot less than usual! They were formed by Brian Damage and Paul Flynn of 1977 punk band Nuffin’, and joined by Reg Charles (of Xtraverts) and guitarist Alan Davidson, who is apparently a “the original Belfast punk”. Whatever his origins, his Les Paul is a very strong presence in the band’s music.

Damage UK at Prince Albert, Brighton 30.10.22 (photo Mark Kelly)

Most of their songs deal with topical issues, bringing punk bang back into fashion. “Total Surveillance” is about the proliferation of CCTV in the UK, not to mention anything recorded on cellphone cameras. “Burnt earth” relates to global warming. “The Chains of Austerity” is “about endless misery”. Very topical! Meanwhile, ‘Wire Head’ is about phone addiction. “Interesting Emptiness” on the other hand, was written in 1980. It still sounds really fresh!

Damage UK at Prince Albert, Brighton 30.10.22 (photo Mark Kelly)

They cover ‘Rosalyn’ by Pretty Things. It’s much faster than the original. ‘Cyber ​​War’ is the title track of their new album and features a reggae middle eight. It’s reminiscent of when reggae was (rightly) considered radical. Again, another song with a very modern subject. Unfortunately, the last two songs of their setlist are not played. Despite the minimal conversation, they are still running out of time! Another nice group anyway.

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TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers at Prince Albert, Brighton 30.10.22 (Photo Mark Kelly)

TV blacksmith Don’t wait to get on stage with bored teenagers. He also agrees to speak to us very little due to time constraints. The first thing you notice is that The Bored Teenagers rock much louder than the previous two bands (with all due respect). However, this is not surprising as they are in their 40s at most, while the previous two groups were in their 50s and 60s.

TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers at Prince Albert, Brighton 30.10.22 (Photo Mark Kelly)

If my calculations are correct, TV Smith is 66 years old and he has a lot more vitality than a man of his age could reasonably expect to have. It just doesn’t stop. Generally, as soon as a song stops, the drummer counts into the next one, and off you go. That’s how punk was then, and in fact how it should be. It’s quite a long setlist, but they’re loading it at an alarming rate! TV sticks to its promise of very few discussions, although after ‘I surrender’ he says “never surrender long” and then it’s straight into ‘Back from the dead’. After “New Church” we get another good word: “Damn the old church! It’s the new church!!!”

TV Smith at Prince Albert, Brighton 30.10.22 (photo Mark Kelly)

Tonight’s set is indeed a Advertisement gig, and it’s great. We get all the classic “Crossing the Red Sea with advertisements”, with four songs from 1979 ‘Distribution of Thousands’. There are also a few B-sides, plus the single “The Eyes of Gary Gilmore”. The whole group is having fun. During ‘Bombsite Boy’, The TV and bassist push the TV’s upside-down mic stand toward each other. The set ends with a crash “Wonders of a deal”. There is no encore – there is no time – but what concert, what group, what man. This is the second time I’ve seen an older punk artist this year and it reminds me of the one and only time I’ve seen the Ramones. Brilliantly amazing, or amazingly brilliant. They both work!

TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers at Prince Albert, Brighton 30.10.22 (photos Mark Kelly)

Smith & The Bored Teenagers TV Setlist:
“No time to be 21” (from The Adverts 1978 “Crossing the Red Sea with commercials” album)
“Security in numbers” (from The Adverts 1978 “Crossing the Red Sea with advertisements” album)
“We Who Wait” (from The Adverts 1977 “Security in numbers” Single)
“Novelties” (from The Adverts 1978 “Crossing the Red Sea with advertisements” album)
“The Drowning Men” (from The Adverts 1978 “Crossing the Red Sea with commercials” album)
‘On the roof’ (from The Adverts 1978 “Crossing the Red Sea with advertisements” album)
‘My place’ (from The Adverts 1979 “Cast of Thousands” album)
“Television is over” (from The Adverts 1979 “Cast of Thousands”album)
‘On wheels’ (from The Adverts 1978 “Crossing the Red Sea with advertisements” album)
‘I surrender’ (from The Adverts 1979 “Cast of Thousands” album)
‘Back from the dead’ (from 1978 “Television is over” Single)
“Male Aggression” (from The Adverts 1979 “Cast of Thousands” album)
“New Church” (from The Adverts 1978 “Crossing the Red Sea with advertisements” album)
‘Bombsite Boy’ (from The Adverts 1978 “Crossing the Red Sea with advertisements” album)
“Great British Mistake” (from The Adverts 1978 “Crossing the Red Sea with advertisements” album)
“The Eyes of Gary Gilmore” (from The Adverts 2002 reissue of “Crossing the Red Sea with advertisements” album)
“Bored Teenagers” (from The Adverts 1978 “Crossing the Red Sea with advertisements” album)
“Marvels of a Chord” (from The Adverts 1978 “Crossing the Red Sea with commercials” album)

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