Stiff Little Fingers – Cardiff, Millennium Music Hall - 12th March 2010 Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Munro   
Sunday, 21 March 2010 08:00

Slf1The return of original bass player Ali McMordie to the ranks of Stiff Little Fingers (in 2006) after a fifteen year absence has thankfully rescued the band from the slippery slope to cabaret land which they'd been steadily descending since their triumphant reunion in the late 90's. During the intervening Foxton era the band seemed at best jaded, delivering their wealth of classic punk rock anthems with none of the spit and venom they deserved.

Tonight we are treated to a set that includes the raw aggression of 'Wasted Life', 'At The Edge', 'Nobody's Hero', 'Suspect Device' and 'Alternative Ulster', each tune lapped up by the appreciative beer fuelled bunch of post 30 year old punkers. But there's much more to the 'Fingers/Olgivie' songwriting partnership than the filth and the fury, 'Bits Of Kids' and 'Tin Soldiers' were written as much to make you think, as well as jump up and down, as was the carefully selected cover of 'Doesn't Make It Alright', released even before originators The Specials had chance to get it on vinyl!

It's been six years since the band's last foray into the studio but 'Guitar And Drum', that album's title track, and 'Strummerville' aired tonight illustrate that the band are more than capable of creating a classic SLF tune without the aid of original collaborator Gordon Olgilvie. The band plan to enter the studio soon and with tracks like 'Liar's Club' (also played tonight) mooted to appear on that album, it should be well worth the price of admission.