Whilst I am sure there are many people who discovered Flotsam and Jetsam from compilation albums, radio shows or their friends, the majority of people in the UK will always know them as “that band Jason Newsted used to be in”, but if that gets festival goers to make the effort to watch your set, who cares?
The sun is shining and the beers are flowing as Flotsam and Jetsam get things going with a one-two punch of Hammerhead and Iron Tears – the very same one-two punch that greeted listeners who purchased their debut album Doomsday for the Deceiver, which gets everyone very excited and impresses most of the crowd for whom this band is a new discovery.
It was at this point that vocalist AK – who has been the band’s frontman since the formation in 1983 – announced that they would be playing “a bunch of old shit” as this was the first time Flotsam and Jetsam had played the UK since 1987. What followed was a pure delight for any long time fans and sounded pretty bloody good to the rest of us as the rest of the 7 song set was made up solely of songs from the first 2 albums.
Whilst they are obviously not as popular as The Big 4, or even as popular (over here at least) as bands like Exodus, this little thrash outfit from Pheonix are a perfect addition to the cd collection of any Anthrax fan and from what I heard of the earlier albums, would go pretty well on the stereo of any self-respecting metal head.
Onstage the band themselves were personable and energetic, seeming to both love what they do and be very grateful to be able to still do it after 25+ years.
Photos by Sabrina Ramdoyal