Bethnal Green Working Men's Club isn't a place I fully expected to spend to spend a Tuesday evening in June enjoying some punk rock goodness but this week that was indeed the case. Everything Sucks Music had taken over the place for two nights to put on Olympia, Washington punks RVIVR, one of my favourite bands of the past few years. I would have loved to go to both nights but unfortunately I had to work on the Wednesday night. Not to worry though as one time is better than none and it had been over eighteen months since I last saw RVIVR – and that was in Florida. It had been way too long since RVIVR had played London so it was sure to be a night to remember. I was also getting the chance to see two bands I'd never seen before in the form of Personal Best and Charmpit.
First up were Lewisham four piece Charmpit. Beginning their set with an acapella version of a Britney Spears song to get themselves comfortable on stage was a unique and fun way to start things off. From there we were treated to a fun set of feminist indie pop punk. As their name would suggest, the band was full of charm not just when they were playing but between songs as well. The songs were played with a great spirit and it was clear that Charmpit were having a lovely time. This spread into the crowd as more and more people began to get into the band. What a fun way to start the night.
This review was written by Colin Clark. Photos by Emma Prew.