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Claw blimey! Inverness venue The Tooth and Claw set to host London Victorian-themed punks The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing

By Kyle Walker

A VICTORIAN take on punk rock power is set for the Tooth and Claw tonight when The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing come to town.

Taking their name from the infamous “Goulston Street graffito” allegedly scrawled by notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper, the London four-piece make their first visit to the north of Scotland as part of their 10-year anniversary tour.

This tour has taken them around the cities the group have always wanted to play, with Inverness the latest stop.

And the rockers will bring their wry, punishing punk rock style that has seen them win fans across the world when they arrive.

“Yeah, it’s the furthest north we’ve been!” bassist Marc Burrows laughed. “And it’s actually the first show in Scotland that isn’t Glasgow or Edinburgh!

“The whole point of this tour is to try and play a few new places – Cambridge, Norwich, Inverness, Hull and Huddersfield, it’ll be the first time we’ve played any of those cities.

“I’m really looking forward to playing Inverness! It’ll be interesting to see how many people we can pull on a Monday night!”

Initially inspired by steampunk – the band’s initial mission was to “put the punk back into steampunk” – the group have moved into heavier sounds.

While their songs are focused on the troubles and trials of the Victorian era, those trials are often used to hold a mirror up to the problems of the modern era.

“The brass tacks version of the band is that we’re a punk rock band,” Marc added. “We’re somewhere on that bleeding edge between punk rock, hardcore punk, heavy metal and cockney musical!

“We play punk rock – heavy, fast, jumping up and down, catchy choruses, really good riffs – but everything has a Victorian twist.

“The band are a Victorian-themed punk rock band. I like to think of us as the midpoint between the Ramones, Slayer, and Chas and Dave!”

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing play The Tooth and Claw, Inverness tonight. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets cost £8 (plus booking fee) – go to www.seetickets.com

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