One of our favourite bands here at Edinburgh Spotlight is The Nature Boys, featuring our good friend and charity athlete extraordinaire Mark Cooper on guitar.
Mark – together with bandmates Andy, Ben and Cammy – adopts quite a different guise when playing with The Nature Boys. Like feral children raised on scraps of Iggy Pop and the Pistols, the Boys steal from the punk greats to create a raucous and in-your-face sound, tempered with the occasional burst of low-fi punk poetry on songs like Upside Down Sinner.
Live, a Nature Boys gig is always an event worth witnessing. Due mostly to frontman Cammy’s chaotic capering and the fact the band are good mates with other bands like The 10:04s and The OK Social Club, their gigs take on the atmosphere of a great big party (one you’re glad you don’t have help clear up afterwards).
Cammy promises he has “a wee surprise up his sleeve” for this gig – which judging from past appearances could range from anything from dressing up as a dalmatian to trashing anything onstage which isn’t nailed down.
We’ll certainly be there to see what pops out from his cuffs this time; even if we do end up chickening out and watching from a safe distance…