REAL GONE GOES OUT: ALL – Islington Academy, London 28/04/14

Live shows in the UK by punk legends Descendents are a rarity and appearances by their sister band ALL even rarer.  With that in mind, this – ALL’s only UK show in 2014 and their first since forever – seemed like a visit from punk rock royalty.  Over the course of almost a quarter-century between 1988 and 2000, the on-again, off-again band recorded some great albums, with 1993’s ‘Breaking Things’ and 1998’s ‘Mass Nerder’ being just as essential in any collection as the Descendents’ seminal ‘Milo Goes To College’, and 1990’s ‘Allroy Saves’ standing as a good example of their more angular, playful and arty styles.  A support slot from UK punk stalwarts Snuff only heightened the idea that this one-off gig shouldn’t be missed.

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