Backyard Babies - Live At Cirkus review

Sleaze-rock veterans turn the amps to 11 on no-frills live DVD

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Swedish punk’n’rollers Backyard Babies were specialising in nordic noir as long ago as the debut Diesel & Power in 1994. However, the five-year hiatus prior to 2015’s Four-By-Four did them a world of good if this ferocious live DVD is anything to go by.

Lit with only the glowing fairy lights on their amps, frontman Nicke Borg and Keef-a-like gutarist Dregen strain every sinew as they blast through bruising barre-chord anthems (Th1rt3en Or Nothing) and cult classics (Dysfunctional Professional) like a tattoo-heavy cross between Green Day and Generation X. It’s a pulverising seventy-five minutes in which the only light relief comes with the acoustic Roads. But their ram-a-lama approach has cross-generational appeal.

“Everything’s gonna be alright!” Borg bawls during a frenetic closing Look At You, sending the youthful audience into delirium.

They may look war-torn, but Live At Cirkusis proof that BB’s time in the pop-punk trenches has been well spent.

Paul Moody is a writer whose work has appeared in the Classic Rock, NME, Time Out, Uncut, Arena and the Guardian. He is the co-author of The Search for the Perfect Pub and The Rough Pub Guide.