Review: Pop Will Eat Itself, Robin 2, Bilston

The 2016 model of Pop Will Eat Itself returned to the band's Black Country roots last night to deliver a high energy set that thrilled their die hard fans from all over the region.

Review: Pop Will Eat Itself, Robin 2, Bilston

There was frenetic dancing from the first note to the last at the front of the Robin 2 as original member Graham Crabb's group delivered many of the Poppies' old favourites.

Dance of the Mad set the tone for the night with Crabb and Mary Byker in great form on vocals, bouncing around the stage and chest bumping. Both were clearly having great fun and Crabb, in T-shirt and shorts, was a mass of sweat by the end of the concert.

Drummer Fuzz Townshend, now gaining fame as a TV presenter, has returned to the fold for this year's live performances and he provided the drive along with dreadlocked Brummie bassist Davey Bennett.

It was the songs from the band's Stourbridge scene heyday that created the most excitement with Def Con One one of the highlights of the night.

Newer songs like Watch the Bitch Blow from last year's Anti Nasty League show that the group is still producing some great dance-fuelled material with Oldskool Cool and Chaos and Mayhem also outstanding.

The final sequence of the set including a fantastic version of Clint Mansell's Ich Bin Ein Auslander, dedicated to anti-racism; Wise Up Sucker, Can U Dig It? and Get the Girl! Kill the Baddies! left those who had been dancing flat out, exhausted.

The group returned to the stage to send fans home delighted with an encore of Their Law.

Earlier support band The Franklys delivered a loud and exciting set which showed they have a great future ahead.

The half English/half Swedish all-girl four-piece's garage rock was well received by the Poppies fans.

By John Corser

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