The Great Malarkey are a riot of gypsy, folk, punk, ska and cabaret. This is raucous, high-energy balkan mayhem born from the stories of friends, lovers, riots, night terrors and the Dalston job-centre. These are the kids you didn’t mess with on the playground, and you wouldn’t mess with them now: an instrumental call to arms with lyrics that simultaneously sling an arm around your shoulders and punch you in the stomach.
Their latest album ‘Doghouse’ promises to deliver not only the continued raucous energy of their live shows, as showcased in their first album ‘Badly Stuffed Animals’, but the eventual bruising, vulnerability of the morning after the night before. Historically, the band has been very much ‘balls to the wall’ for want of a better phrase, with influence from Tom Waits, The Pixies, The Pogues, Beirut, Nick Cave, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Manu Chao, The Dead Brothers and Toots and the Maytals, the latter of whom they were honoured to support at only their third gig.
Ultimately, this band does not disappoint. They will bring their whole heart to every song, every show, every album and everyone who wants to listen.