Better than...any other backyard punk shows that night.
Peter and the Test Tube Babies's show on Saturday doubled as a punk rock sauna. This was the band from Peacehaven, Sussex's first concert in the U.S. since 2002; eager punks were damned if they were going to miss out.
Like The Exploited or Cock Sparrer, Peter and the Test Tube Babies were a gateway UK punk band, except a little more humorous. Their classic ballads appear on seminal punk rock compilations like Punk and Disorderly and Oi! The Album.
Peter Bywaters, a man of few words, announced that they'd be playing their classics. Along with guitarist Del Strangefish, he is the only original member of the band left. Beforehand, the party had started in the parking lot behind the venue, with thirsty fans drinking and smoking up a storm. Cops drove by slowly and turned a blind eye, probably because there were no fights.Opening local band The Generators riled up an impressive small legion of their own fans. Their mosh pit was passionate, but manageable.