'The Cleaners Have Punk Covered'|Plymouth Herald | Posted: October 17 2014 By ELLIE HUDSON
“YOU doing a review of this gig?” asked some lanky lad lurking behind me. I nodded.
“Well, make sure you don’t describe them as just a punk band – there are loads of different genres of punk..”
The Cleaners kicked into their set and lanky lad’s voice trailed off. “So there’s ska punk, folk punk, crust punk, chaos punk and pop punk.”
He was persistent, I’ll give him that.
But who knew? For me it’d always been pretty simple – angry, thrashy, fast and furious with little attention to style or musical construction, it was always just plain ‘punk’.
And without a doubt some of those songs have stood the test of time and in a vastly over saturated local cover band market, The Cleaners quickly became known as ‘the one band that does punk exceptionally well!’
They opened up their set with The Stranglers’ No More Heroes quickly followed by The Clash’s London Calling, and The Members’ Sound Of The Suburbs. And with the crowd getting into a stint of comic pogo dancing, they were on a roll going straight for the jugular with the Sex Pistols’ God Save The Queen, a number always guaranteed to bring a wave of nostalgia.
The Cleaners are a four-piece outfit with Ian Cooke on vocals/guitar, Ian Maycock on bass/vocals, Yann Maycock on guitar/vocals and Chris Moss on drums.
There’s certainly no messing with their energetic style of delivery – no faffing about with fancy interpretation but a straight-up, no-frills, honest-as-you-like set of punk hits. The appreciative audience was split between those that remembered nostalgically the originals and a whole new generation of youngsters who possibly got into punk via Green Day and Blink-182.
That was ‘pop’ punk, for the record, in case lanky lad is reading this – I was listening and taking note.
They were entertainingly fun and, with other covers of The Clash’s Tommy Gun, The Damned’s New Rose and the much-anticipated Sex Pistols’ Anarchy In The UK, a jet-fuelled vortex of energy that found even the most laidback bystander struggling to resist raising an arm to punch the air!