The Ramonas at Underground Plymouth | 16/03/16 |Rocket to Ruin Tour | UK Punk Rock Music Photography
ABOVE : The Ramonas UK, tribute band to The Ramones, at Underground Music Venue in Plymouth. Cloey Ramone frozen mid jump.
Imagine if the Ramones were still alive and kicking ten bells of crap out of their set today. Meet the Ramonas.
Desire, effort, discipline, practice, attitude and a determination to hone their skills have made the Ramonas what they are today, and what they are is one hell of a band. The idea is a simple one. Tunes by The Ramones, played blisteringly fast by an all female tribute band.
ABOVE : Rohnny Ramone Guitar player from The Ramonas UK live in Plymouth
There is so much energy and fun present that when Cloey, Rohnny, Pee Pee and Cammy hit the stage the audience cannot help but be sucked in by the vortex of noise-sum melody. You can be cynical and fail to enjoy many a gig, but most people would be hard pressed to suppress a smile when a band with this much commitment and intensity strut their stuff.
ABOVE : The Ramonas (Band) UK Punk Rock Music Photograph by Greenbeanz Photography
ABOVE : Rohnny Ramone from The Ramonas lapping up the atmosphere at Underground
Strip away the extraneous material and you are left with the fundamentals. The warm fuzzy succinct garage Punk that catapulted The Ramones onto the scene back in the 1970's, when The Eagles and a hundred and One middle of the road AOR bands dominated the airwaves, has lost none of it's potency when left in the capable hands of this band.
ABOVE : Pee Pee Ramone from The Ramonas with Gabba Gabba Hey board dancing Pinhead
Their enthusiasm and attention to detail bonds them as a unit but never dictates their dynamics into becoming a uniform soulless reproduction, in fact it makes you feel as an audience member, less of an innocent bystander, and more a part of their mission.
ABOVE : UK Punk Rock fans and The Ramonas 'Cloey' by Devon Music Photographer
The Ramones always sounded like a young band and that may go some way to explaining the enthusiastic way so many people (some of whom you have to assume may never of even heard the band and only heard 'of ' them) have co-opted the ethos or tried to appropriate some of that cool by buying the T-Shirt.
ABOVE : UK Punk Rock Music Photograph Rohnny Ramone from The Ramonas in Plymouth
The Ramonas are also purveyors of that same relentless bubblegum energy where an economy of style never detracts from the hooks, chants and melodies that awaken so much affection in the fans.
ABOVE : Devon Punk Rock fans and Cloey Ramone from The Ramonas UK Underground
Joey Ramone once said
"For me, Punk is about real feelings.It's not about, 'Yeah, I am a punk and I'm angry.' That's a lot of crap. It's about loving the things that really matter: passion, heart and soul"
If that is any barometer of intent then you have to say that The Ramonas have lived up to the storm that blew out of America all those years ago.
ABOVE : Plymouth Punk Rock Music Photograph of Pee Pee Ramone from The Ramonas
ABOVE : Cloey, Rohnny and Pee Pee Ramone from UK Punk Band The Ramonas live photo
ABOVE : Music Photo of The Ramonas Rohnny Ramone and Drummer at Devon Punk Venue
ABOVE : The Ramonas UK Punk Rock Band Photographed in Plymouth Underground Venue
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