BELFAST punk legends The Defects showed their support for the godfather of Irish punk on Saturday night as they took to stage at the Black Box in Belfast.The Terri Hooley fundraiser, which was organised following the recent closure if his Good Vibrations record store, gave local bands the opportunity to show their gratitude to a man who’s worked tirelessly to promote local music in Northern Ireland for over 30 years.Also on the bill were The Dolly Byrds, Stop Stop Start Again and Secret Society all who put on a fantastic show.
But, it was The Defects (Buck Murdock, Glenn Kingsmore, Aidy Fudge and a Roy McAllister) who stole the show proving why they’ve earned their place alongside Northern Ireland’s punk royalty Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones and Therapy.
Even Terri admitted he may have been a little short sighted not signing them to his Good Vibrations label back in the punk heyday.
Announcing the band on stage he added: “I don’t care who turns up to my funeral as long as The Defects do. I seen them recently in the Ulster Hall and they were amazing supporting Stiff Little Fingers.”
The band went on to raise the roof with their classics such as Dance Til You Drop, Survival and their anthem Brutality as well as their forthcoming single Revelator.
Speaking of the gig Buck said: “It was a great gig and a good opportunity to show our support for Terri and everything he’s done for the business but the highlight of the night for me was Terri appearing on stage in an RUC uniform for our song Brutality and leading the chants.”
Later this week The Defects head off to Amsterdam to the Rebellion punk festival where they’re headlining the main stage alongside The Cickney Rejects and UK Subs.
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