Thrust into the glory of Sounds front cover mega-stardom by
a somewhat overzealous editor) even before they’d had
time to recover from the thrill of their very first live review,
the potentially supreme Actifed had little choice but to either
spring from nowhere, triumphantly bearing a debut album of awesome
proportions, or panic…and simply vanish.
But instead, Actifed have taken things with an ultra-cool pinch
of salt, steadily building their following by writing some stunning
new songs – ‘Living Death’, ‘Exit’
– improving/refining that rich, mesmerising, powerful
sound and getting involved in what’s turning out to be
a frustrating and non-conclusive deal with WXYZ Records.
So, as one band
waits impatiently for the chance to ignite its proverbial blue
touch-paper and explode skywards, another realises that in spite
of its touch-paper having been well and truly lit (and sparkling)
for the last year or so, the anticipated Big Bang just isn’t
going to happen.
This was UK Decay’s final gig and the mood amongst their
huge, totally devoted following was a curiously pessimistic
kind of optimism (Huh? – Ed) A sadness full of hope for