Proud Scum played at the Kings Arms as the headline act for Punk It Up 2018, the first gig since 2008. Committing to the gig in mid 2017 there was uncertainly about whether guitarist, Sid Scum, and bassist, Alistair Rabbit, would be able to make the show.
As it turned out, neither was able to make it so we turned to back ups, original guitarist John Atrocity and bassist Graham Hood from The Johnnys. (Graham was also playing that night with The Johnnys).
There was nervousness in the Scum camp about how well the new line-up would work, particularly as we only got three rehearsals. But after two rehearsals we were pretty confidant we could pull it off.
Just so long as John didn’t walk out – again.
And when our fifteen minutes of fame finally arrived – past bedtime for blokes our age – we did good.
Sarah Kidd of Ambient Light said…
“Finally the moment had arrived; Proud Scum, the Auckland band who in 1979 were noted as one of the more influential of the second wave of New Zealand punk arrived to mass applause and cheering. Last year’s Punk It Up saw Jonathan Jamrag join the Bankrobbers for a cover of I Am A Rabbit, while tonight’s fans got eight glorious tracks from Jamrag and co. A particular point of note for Proud Scum’s set was seeing John Atrocity once again on stage with Jamrag, having left the band in 1979. Proving once and for all that the punk family is indeed a family and while fallouts may occur, time heals all. With tracks such as ‘Sid’, ‘Reuben’ and of course ‘I am a Rabbit’ which saw the fans chant the chorus at the top of their lungs, Proud Scum’s heralded return to The Kings Arm stage was unquestionably a huge success!”
And Marty Duda of 13th Floor said…
“Finally we got to Proud Scum. This is the first time the band has played together since the AK79 reunion of 2008. A decade late and singer Jonathan Jamrag and drummer Bruce Diode are joined by original guitarist John Atrocity, who left the group with some acrimony back in 1979.
As Jonathan noted when he introduced John, “he didn’t jump off the Grafton Bridge”, referring to their notorious song, Suicide 2.
The band was filled out by bass player Graham Hood of The Johnnys and The Normals.
They raced through an 8-song, 20-minute set in true punk fashion. After playing their song, Sid, which seemed to last all of 45 seconds, Jonathan announced that it was in the key of FF, “fuckin’ fast”.
When they got to Suicide 2, he confided that they were unsure whether to play the song as it insults the newly-returned guitarist. By John was game and the song sounded great, as did the final two, Reuben’s Coming Back and I Am A Rabbit.”
Can we still pull it off when we’re 70?