Penetration + The Distractions review

16 November 2017

The Distractions' tenth 'Live' show (yes, we're counting 2015's Jon The Postman tribute night at the Tiger Lounge) was a triumph here in support of punk legends, Penetration, and after local band, Three Day Weekend. The large crowd at Preston's brilliant venue, The Continental, was admittedly mainly here for Pauline Murray and Co., but the reception after a tight Distractions set full of energy was terrific.  


Kicking off with tracks from the debut EP, Maybe It's Love and Too Young, a strong set of 45-minutes plus included all the favourites, Nothing, (Untitled), Stuck In A Fantasy, It Doesn't Bother Me, Something For The WeekendStill It Doesn't Ring and Waiting For Lorraine. Mike briefly missing his line just seemed like part of the show!

Plenty of the knowledgeable punk crowd seemed familiar with Time Goes By Slow, and the now standard closer, the stunning reworking of Adrian Wright's Nothing Lasts, brought the show to and end. It earned a tremendous and well-deserved reception from the crowd, as well as the lively Distractions fans down the front.

Penetration need no introduction or review from us - just check the glowing reviews they are receiving during the current '40 Years' UK tour! The set from Pauline and the band, and the huge, loud and loving crowd, crowned what was surely the best night for the new Distractions Live line-up yet.

There was plenty of positive feedback on the night and we have had more since via social media:

  • "Great set gents. Good to see a band happy in their work. My first intro to you last night. Will be investing in your music."
  • "Really enjoyed seeing & hearing you for the first time last night. I'll definitely look out for you again."
  • "We really enjoyed seeing you in Preston and will definitely come and see you again. I will be hunting down a copy of the first album."
  • "Really enjoyed your set."
  • "Well done Distractions. Best gig so far!"
  • "@DistractionsMcr superb again."


Next up is a return to Stockport at the Spinning Top on Friday 1st December. Then, the one that many have been waiting for, The Distractions Live in London - at the famous Dublin Castle in Camden on Saturday 27th January 2018.

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