It’s only been a short while since a friend of mine told me about this band from Cardiff…
He said “you have to see them live cause they are fantastic. I’ll pay you good money if you get me information about them.”
I decided to play detective and tracked them down right away. To be honest, they are not hard to find since they leave traces everywhere they’ve been. So, I started snooping around on YouTube, their Facebook profile, and on their official site for all the information I needed. Dames were giving me a hard time so I took the phone off the hook, got me a bottle of whiskey and a pack of cigs.
Shortly thereafter, I started to feel their spell.
These guys know how to make an audience have a dangerously good time. Their weapons are lethal: strong doses of humor and a lot of beat. It’s humanly impossible to resist.
Their gang goes under the name “Sicknote” and is fronted by vocalist Doghouse, who met computer guru Flapsandwitch in Cardiff, initially under the name Vitreous Humour which soon to changed to Sicknote.
TheFilth handles the sticks behind the drum set… dancer Dr Conker is doing his thing… while Johnny NoCash is on visuals. An even bigger number of dancers follow the band on stage.
As I continued to snoop, this video came up again and again on my laptop screen.
Slogans such as “Death Before Employment”, “Celebrate Your Wrong Bits” and “Benefit Cheat” helped the band achieve a cult status and packed venues so much that if you wanted to get anywhere near the front of their gigs you’d have to battle your way through the crowd.
I found their earliest traces on BBC News when they “treated Westminsterto a blast of their single, “Taxi For Mr Blair” in 2007, when the English government was changing hands.
Sicknote doesn’t rehearse. That’s the rule.
Songs are never played twice in the same way and are made up on the spot. Their lyrics carry a sarcastic humor, and when the song is backed by a nicely funny video, you can’t watch it only once.
One thing they often do is to give away their songs by uploading them to places like SoundCloud for free downloading. So far they have released “Death Before Employment” on 12″ vinyl, their “Holy Trinity EP”, and their single “Benefit Cheat”.
I checked my watch.
I had to stop writing if I wanted to catch them at their next gig.
I dialed a number.
“I have the information you needed. I am going to see them tomorrow. You have to come with me. I believe we don’t know everything yet. I am sending this, go for their official site, http://sicknote.tv/. You’ll find more…”