The Glorias at The Loft, Southsea REVIEW: 'P for Punk, P for Portsmouth'

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Monday, 9th March 2020, 3:35 pm
Updated Monday, 9th March 2020, 3:35 pm
The Glorias at The Loft in Southsea. Picture: Sally Cornish

Tonight at The Loft it was five bands for £5 – or you could stay at home, get pale and sick and pay £300 for a ticket to see Genesis ‘perform’.

Classed as a ‘punk night’, the bands all fought hard against sound problems to get the job done.

Frustration fuelled the loud, proud and cool Glorias. They had a 30 minute slot, and spent zero time chatting.

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They set the weapons to take no prisoners, and got the sweaty job done.

With a clutch of new songs roaring alongside their now classic debut Life’ll Get Ya LP, the crowd of mainly youthful, starry eyed bantam-weights were reeling from the skill, volume, charisma and honesty of The G-Men’s manifesto.

Guitarists Billy Boy and Marky pulled out their unique, exhilarating hurricane of force. Guitars? Hold them above your head, caress them, throttle them, scrape them against mic stands. Den the drum craftsman worked demonically alongside Nish’s feral bass work, while Driff, the charismatic frontman prowled across the venue, rapier sharp and mesmerising like a spitting cobra.

The Loft’s new dancefloor filled and was blooded with Driff’s melange of Stooges/MC5 and Driff skullduggery.

When a Glorias song is PFC’s official theme song I’ll start screaming my lungs out at Fratton Park.

To quote a fellow audience member: ‘Sometimes you need the professionals to turn up.’

P for Punk, P for Portsmouth.