| Hellfire Harlots Roller Derby anniversary gig at The Central
Starting in the states at the turn of the decade, the Roller Derby resurgence has recently come across the water to England and us Nottinghamians are not ones to be left out of a scene, especially if it involves a bit of a rough and tumble.
The concept is simple; two teams of five girls each skate anti-clockwise around an oval flat track attempting to lap the opposition. It’s not all about speed though, tactics involve pushing and shoving opposing skaters in an attempt to slow them down, send them on their arses or flying over the barrier. Hellfire Harlots are one of Nottingham’s local teams and as a celebration of their foramtion and the 75 year anniversary of Roller Derby – any old excuse for a party, eh? – they organised a right old knees up that included bands, burlesque, a raffle, stalls and a plenitude of cupcakes and fun.
Kicking off the music side of the festivities were Hot Japanese Girl, unfortunately due to being incredibly disorganised I managed to miss their set but if their previous shows and general murmurings amongst the audience were anything to go by, they played a blinder. Dick Venom and the Terrortones were next to take the stage and took us into psychobilly territory. Charging straight in with guitars blazing and drums pounding, these guys don’t mess about. Dick Venom was every inch the front man with his quiff, wolverine-esque sideburns, leather trousers, Shure retro-style microphone and snarling vocals and attitude. Oversexed, loud and retro-proud, the Nottingham four piece are a force to be reckoned with and their sounds fitted perfectly with what you might imagine would be playing in Roller Derby’s fifties and sixties heyday whilst ten girls charged ‘round in skates . Theirs is not music for squares.
|Hellfire Harlots Roller Derby anniversary gig at The Central
Hot Japanese Girl, Dick Venom & the Terrortones, Imperial Circus and Betty Jane played at The Central Bar on Friday 13 August.