Live Review from Underground 4:
The P.N.S headlined Unerground 5 but nearly pulled out at the last moment, due to Mike Peart’s bronchitis. But the lads kept to the old adage, the show must go on, and gave another winning performance. This time Sir Miles Remington IV was available to sing, and it good to hear his dulcet tones wringing every ounce of passion out of Tiananmen Square, one of my favourite PNS songs. Mind you, the newie Pervert In Disguise has taken over as my all-time favourite, poor old Mike croaking away to good effect. Although never hitting top form the lads were good value, the videos showing behind them as usual proving a hit and a definite plus addition to the show, I wonder why other bands don’t do it. PNS have always been about showmanship and entertainment and they gave us that again. A good show.
Live Review from Underground 1:
THE P.N.S. have been around for a long time now, but conversely not many of us will have seen them since their heyday in 1993/4. The band split in 1995 after drummer Hopkins and keyboard player Spooner went back to the UK. In 2003 they reformed, and here they are headlining the opening night of the Underground. A good bet by the organisers, as come rain or shine, the lads usually take a following with them. They’re here in spades tonight. The lads also appear to have been quite prolific since the last time I saw them, with a clutch of new songs, including Gizza Ciggy, and the wonderful Pervert In Disguise, guitarist Delfino doing his best Edge impersonation.
From a joke band when they first started off all those years ago, the PNS now really rock, although keeping their satirical side alive through Peart’s lyrics. Sir Miles wasn’t singing tonight, which is always a pity, but Peart coped admirably with his own songs. Campbell was superb on the bass, Delfino excelled on guitar before his meanderings led him a little astray, and drummer Matt Coleman kept them going. We finished with a clutch of golden greats, namely Cockney Wanker, Tiananmen Square, I Wanna Have Sex. The PNS may not be teenagers anymore, but they certainly wanna be, and maybe that’s what it’s all about. A class act, and enjoyed by their legion of fans tonight.