When it comes to The Interrupters, everyone has a story of how they found them. I guess mine is the commonest link – via Rancid and all things Epitaph / Hellcat Records. Their second single, “Family”, featured Tim Armstrong of Rancid and originated from Tim’s side project, Tim Timebomb & Friends, which The Interrupters were heavily involved with. The band last played Leeds 2 years ago, supporting Green Day at The Arena. When the band asked the crowd if they’d seen them before, a big chunk said from the Green Day gig, and an equal share hadn’t seen the band before. The gig is one huge success story. Initially booked for the 300 capacity Key Club, the show sold out in a matter of days, so was switched to tonight’s 1,000 capacity Stylus, which again sold out. Judging by tonight’s reaction, the newbies will be back and even bigger venues await. Tonight’s show is one big party and the crowd most definitely feel part of The Interrupters’ family. This isn’t Ska, it isn’t 2-Tone, it’s not Punk, nor Ska-Punk – it’s The Interrupters.
After great warm up sets from Maid Of Ace and Grade 2 , the band launch into “A Friend Like Me” and the place is rockin’ from the off. “By My Side” quickly follows as a raucous singalong, with the crowd belting out every word with the band.
Aimee Interrupter is a brilliant frontwoman and knows how to work the crowd but this is a full band show. The Bivona brothers are a whirlwind of energy and are a huge part of the band’s dynamic. Four songs in sees perhaps their most well known anthem, “Take Back The Power”. You might have thought songs of this strength would be saved for later in the set but playing it this early shows the confidence of a band on a massive up. Believe me, it only gets better as the band run through a powerhouse set that has the crowd dancing front to back.
“Title Holder” from most recent album “Fight The Good Fight” keeps the place banging mid-set along with Operation Ivy cover “Sound System” (that Tim Armstrong, Rancid connection again). A nice circle pit gets going and there’s a few casualties on the floor. Helped up, everyone’s back in the action and the anthems keep coming.
“Babylon” from 2nd album “Say It Loud” keeps the party going until closers “Got Each Other” and “Family”.
“Family” sums the band up as they bring out support bands, Made Of Ace and Grade 2 for souvenir photos. The Interrupters are connecting with their audience in a big way. Expect to see them at even bigger venues and summer festival stages next time around.
All photos available in HD for free download HERE
The Interrupters are :
Aimee Interrupter: Vocals
Kevin Bivona: Guitar
Justin Bivona: Bass
Jesse Bivona: Drums