Stiff Little Fingers with Avengers at The Masquerade 10/26/19

This past Saturday, The Masquerade played host to two iconic bands from the earliest years of punk: Stiff Little Fingers and The Avengers.

Formed in 1977, San Francisco’s Avengers were together for just three short years before calling it quits in 1979 before they even released their first full-length album. Singer Penelope Houston went on to enjoy a vibrant solo career as a folk musician before reforming the Avengers in 2000 and touring sporadically. This was their first ever Atlanta show.

Belfast Ireland’s Stiff Little Fingers, also formed in 1977, started their career as a cover band but soon switched to punk after being inspired by The Clash and other bands of the times. Never as popular in The States as some of their contemporaries, nonetheless the band has persisted over 40 years, 10 albums and a number of lineup changes. Singer/Guitarist Jake Burns has been their only continuous member though original Bassist Ali McMordie rejoined in 2004.

Both bands played their high energy sets to a large crowd and while the audience was heavily skewed towards the older end of the age spectrum, there were plenty of people in their 20’s and 30’s in attendance.

Stiff Little Fingers Setlist:

  1. Roots, Radicals, Rockers & Reggae
  2. Nobody’s Hero
  3. Just Fade Away
  4. Strummerville
  5. At the Edge
  6. My Dark Places
  7. Safe as Houses
  8. 16 Shots
  9. Suspect Device
  10. State of Emergency
  11. Here We Are Nowhere
  12. Wasted Life
  13. No More of That
  14. Barbed Wire Love
  15. White Noise
  16. Breakout
  17. Law and Order
  18. Rough Trade
  19. Johnny Was (Bob Marley & The Wailers cover)
  20. Alternative Ulster
  21. Tin Soldier
  22. Gotta Get Away

Photos by Hillery Terenzi/Words by Navin Johnson

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