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Gig Review: The Meffs (Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield 23/11/23)

Rising Punk Power: The Meffs Electrify Yellow Arch Studios on the 'Broken Brains Tour' in Sheffield.

This was my third time of catching The Meffs and they just keep getting better and better.  Formed in 2019 the extremely likeable Essex duo, with many influences from the UK Subs to Bob Vylan are on an upward trajectory.

Earlier on this year I saw them open the Empress Ballroom at Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool to the biggest opening day crowd in over 15 years, so it was no surprise to see a packed Yellow Arch Studios welcome Lily (Vocals/Guitar) and Lewis (Drums/some vocals) to Sheffield on their “Broken Brains Tour” which is taking them all around the country and then into Europe in the New Year.

They rather quirkily opened their set with a haunting rendition of ‘Breathe’ by the Prodigy, which I’m sure the late Keith Flint would have appreciated before launching into their set list containing many tracks from their Broken Britain Part 1(Dec ’22) and 2 (Feb ’23) albums.

Their hard-hitting in-your-face lyrics are barbed with political messages and underlying commentary on the demise of our society, which struck a chord with the crowd which Lily had in the palm of her hand, and it wasn’t long before there was a midweek mosh pit on the go.

If I had to pick a favourite, it would probably be ‘So Modern’ although there were several other contenders such as ‘Get Real.’

A great gig and a memorable night, punk is in very safe hands with bands of this calibre emerging. They are one of the many “new wave” punk bands to look out for, catch them soon as it won’t be long before they’re headlining at less intimate venues.

  1. Breathe 
  2.  Stand Up 
  3.  No 
  4.  Bug 
  5.  Sex Sells 
  6.  Clowns 
  7.  So Modern 
  8.  Stamp it Out 
  9.  No Future 
  10.  Get Real 
  11.  Dead in the City 
  12.  People  
  13. Broken Britain, Broken Brains 
  14.  Wasted on Women 
  15.  Budget Luxury 
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