The Star and Garter, Manchester
The Cravats are a legendary Punk band hailing from Redditch – although to my ears they fit more in the Post Punk bracket of bands like Wire, Pere Ubu, Blurt and Magazine. Sham 69 they were not – not least because they had a Sax player and a big dash of Beefheart, Bonzos, psychedelia, garage rock and Jazz influences but infused with the violent energy of Punk. I first picked up on them via Jon Savage’s ‘There is No Such Thing as Society’ Punk compilation, and I’m a sucker for that combination of squealing Sax and loud guitars so I wasn’t about to miss this – not only presenting their first new material in 30 years but also, amazingly, their first ever gig in Manchester. It’s also an unusual gig in that there are no advance tickets, and it’s an early start and due to end around 9pm (well it is Sunday). The Star And Garter is a Manchester institution, a lovely old pub (which used to open at odd hours to quench the thirst of workers at the nearby railway station and parcel depot) with an upstairs room, with the » Continue Reading.