The Macc Lads
The Macc Lads
The Macc Lads were a punk and hard rock band from Macclesfield, England. Self-proclaimed the “rudest, crudest, lewdest, drunkest band in Christendom”, the Macc Lads used irreverent, zany, foul-mouthed and politically incorrect lyrics; common lyrical themes were drinking, sexism and homophobia. The band went through a copious number of line-up changes, going through members in their time. Active from 1981 to 1995 the band now tend to be regarded more favourably by music historians, in contrast to the reaction the band generated in their heyday.
Forming in 1981, The Macc Lads began their punk rock journey with Muttley McLad (real name Tristan O’Neill, Vocals & Bass), alongside The Beater (real name Geoffrey Conning, Guitar & Vocals) and Stez Styx (real name Steve Hatton, Drums) at the helm. Mutty McLad is the only member to remain in the band through the entire history, while the other two left, before returning at later dates. This line-up is considered the strongest line-up the band ever put together, releasing 3 EP, and 2 full length albums in their first stint together.
The debut EP One Gallon Demo (1982) was laden with attitude and aggression, quickly earning the band’s reputation, and getting out the Oi! Punk sound that they’ve become known for. This, along with their reputation for the live show they put on, earned them a record deal with Hectic House. They released the band’s first full length album Eh Up (1983), which was self-produced, and is often considered as the band in their rawest form.
It was the band’s next couple of albums that really caught the headlines, however, with Hectic House releasing Beer & Sex & Chips n Gravy in 1985. As a slightly more aggressive punk, it still received mixed reception, with Dave Thompson saying it “is the kind of album you have to listen to loudly, if only so the neighbors can’t hear you singing along”. The album contained hits such as the title track, Beer & Sex & Chips ‘N’ Gravy, and Now He’s A Poof.
Bitter, Fit Crack
Following a some fallouts between bandmates, both The Beater and Stez sticks left the band in 1985, after the release. After going through multiple drummers, they eventually settled on Chorley the Hord (real name Charles Moore) to play drums; and The Beater return after only a short absence. With the new line-up ready, the band paired up with producer ‘Bald Eagle’, to work on their third album, Bitter, Fit Crack, also released by Hectic Records.
The album sees the band hone their Oi! Punk sound, taking it further with crudeness, and raucous punk rock. It’s filled with hits, such as Barrel’s Round, Guess Me Weight, and Bitter, Fit Crack, that ensure the album will offend nearly everyone.