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AKIMBO - Navigating the bronze (Alternative Tentacles Records)
Super recording on the world famous king jellos own label alternative tentacles records. Hailing from across the pond this will appeal to the punk and metal scene across the divided waters. This is the second recoding from akimbo, 10 tracks of pure dream time music. Call it punk call it metal who cares just a fab album so do we need to split hairs over this one. Really puts you in the mood this one, a gets the blood pumping. Combining so wicked guitars mixing with different vocals, giving a fantastic finished polished edge. Let’s not forget the drumming too, quite a fantastic sound, from all involved, and if to describe the band think gallows, a new style of punk. Understandable vocals, with an uncompromising electric sound a must for all true lovers of the punk metal genre. SUPER BAND GREAT LABEL WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT
AKIMBO - Harstring Your Mellow (Alternative Tentacles Records)
Akimbo have fond a new home on king Jello Biafra’s own Alternative Tenticals lable, but me, I’m not conviced. I hate to slag and hate to complain but it is necessary from time to time. This cd is packed full of raging guitars like a demon poscesed. A 100o times worse than the irst evil dead demon. No bullshit aggressive drums giving a fine platform to follow. As a band the music is aggressive through out and has a feel of metal corss over punk fed with the occasional stop start riffs. I’m sure this band will appeal to the younger generation of metal lovers. As for me, I could not understand a single word of the vocals.
ANTIBODIES - 3 Track Cd (From the band)website email
3 track cd from a UK band I’ve never heard of and to be brutally honest I wouldn’t be too bothered if I never heard them again. One day a new band will come along and blow me off my feet but it’s not this lot, not by a long chalk. The music is the kind of stuff that appeared just after the Pistols/ Clash/ Damned etc had made all the headlines when anyone thought distorted guitars and ‘No Hope’ lyrics meant you were a punk band. The opening track just about sums this up- ‘I Ruin Everything’ well I reckon if the band carry on like this they’ll ruin things so much they won’t have a band any more, this may have sounded ok in 1978 but 30 years on I think it’s time for a change. Sorry lads not one for me I’m afraid. For more details go to www.myspace.com/antibodiesuk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BARSE - If you cant fuck cut em up (helltone records)
If its tongue in check mayhem Barse are for you. Funny snotty noised punk singing about girlfriends,girlfiends,and girlfriends. So girlfriends are bad at times so these guys hit on that and the results are so effective , total piss take for sure. Its great to see and hear a band take the piss so well and this is relentless, so watch out the other sex. The music is basic old school punk rock no frills just plain old punk at its best and sometimes the worst. All played at medium paced speed and this enables you to understand the lyrics, which should make you giggle, or put you off. Sometimes in the vein of beerzone, pttb, and a touch of the legends of piss take the mac lads. A tremendous piss take through out of girlfriends been a pain.
BEDLIGHT FOR BLUE EYES - Life on lifes times (trust kill records)
Melodic tunes through out but hardly punk some might say, may be from under the punk umberella, . Our scene is the most versatile music thats been ever played , so many styles incorporated so lets put bluelight for bed time in the punk scene. Some quite excellent melodies strung together here, very interesting riffs backed up with some clear vocals. For such a young band the finished sound is a mature sound which has been around for ages. Think the ataris, box car racer and all those mtv buffy bands, gives a clear picture of these guys. This is very mellow punk and will appeal to a young crowd for sure, me i need convincing. OK the boys know there stuff , and 12 tracks of pure pop punk is no mean feet but its hardly punk. Softly softly does it but may be you can take the boys out of punk but you cant take the punk out of the boys just may be.
BLOOD 77 - Romantic Hotel (Lamette Records)
10 tracks of punk/garage/rock & roll, stripped to the bear knuckles of basic 77 kinda stuff. Italian band, but English spoken with a very early feel. No slogans, no polics, no Italian lyrics, and no shit. Just basic punk with influces of Johny Thunders / Dead Boys / Television / Richard Hell / Stiv Bators and Dogs D’Amour. Playing local live shows and becoming part of the third skins & punks Itialian convention Rome 0. Blood 77 became more experienced and continued to play live shows and auto recorded a session and as later remixed as Romantic Hotel. Very prominent vocals, with a good hard edge, giving a razors cut. This 10 track CD is excellent for all the early punks of the 1st generation and will I’m sure raise a few eyebrows on the full Italian scene.
COMEBACK KID - Broadcasting (Victory Records)
Long awaited new cd from Comeback Kid. Hardcore, redifning hardcore. This is a well produced Cd full of hardcore emotions and feelings. Straight from the gutter to the heart and back. 11 tracks of pulsating hardcore. Track 2 ‘Broadcasting’ is an excellent track giving a very energetic feel from the spine upwards. Well worth naming the Cd after this track. With this evidance Comeback Kid are about to become big time, rubbing shoulders with some of the underground heros of all time. None stop action though out. Fast and furious guitars, with an aggressive feel like a pissed off cobra that had just been disturbed. Holding things together are the drums and vocals, very hard and carry well a power shot through the body of 100000 volts. Lets hop Canada’s Comeback Kid gives as good as they get.
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DEAD CLASS - Boo (Cuatrok Music)
12 tracks of punk bliss, fast to medium paced riffs with the odd one or two humour slowing things down a little. This is so much in the Dead Kennedys vein whether or not it is the intention. This does how ever work, the vocals for a start do remind me of the King Jello and I hope that’s taken as a compliment. Very quirky dittys with a sharp edge to things. No info on the band what so ever, but if your into DK’s this is for you. Californian style punk with the DK name, but with the feel of Jello’s ghost. Each track stands out and is worthy of giving this band and co a go. Maybe we will hear more of the Dead Class lets hope so. Excellent vox following straight behind in their strait jackets the rest.
DEAD KENNEDYS - Milking The Sacred Cow (Cherry Red Records)website
12 track ‘best of’ compilation that I can’t for the life of me think why anyone would want to get hold of other than maybe new fans of one of the most important American punk groups ever. Fans of the band will already have everything on here and probably on more than one format seeing as it’s mainly single tracks that fill up the disc. There’s no doubting the band were unbelievably good and the tracks on here don’t disappoint but I kept asking myself, why bother? The first 6 tracks are all taken from the bands early 7” output, with 7 and 8 being album tracks (from Plastic Surgery album). Track 9 is another single track with the last 3 coming from the bands last album, although 2 of them on here are live. Yes you do get California Uber Alles, Kill The Poor, Holiday In Cambodia, Nazi Punks, Too Drunk and Halloween but the other non 7” tracks seem to be a strange choice. Out of a band with a back catalogue such as the Dead Kennedys would you have chosen Viva Las Vegas, Moon Over Marin, MTV Get Off The Air, Soup Is Good Food and Jock O Rama for the other tracks? For me you’d be better stealing this and if you like it get hold of a copy of Plastic Surgery Disasters- for me their finest hour. Still there’s not a bad track on here and if introduces a new generation to sit up, question and think about what goes on around them it can’t be a bad thing. For more info go to www.cherryred.co.uk
EAST END BADOES - East end badoes (Own Release)
9 tracks of pure oi from the south, and what a demo. Great stuff from east end badoes with working class oi ethics from start to finish, uncompromising at times. Each track hits home from rucking on the terraces, or glitter the shitter, or just plain old oi messages all so impressive in their own way. All oi ethics are covered here so something for us all to relate to, this never gets stale at all. Some very oi sounding vocals, with a touch of cockney voice heard through out, think super yob, ,argy bargy and even bakers dozen. Very proud touches which tell the truth, some patriotic ethics of true working class oi, for us all to enjoy. Crystal clear guitars strong and in your face, but so interesting and not boring, medium paced punk oi rock. For a demo this is a pure fantastic album and a must for all punks and oisters who love their music with attitude. Got to be one of the best punk oi demos i have reviewed in the underground scene of today. Watch this space a classic in the making.
EPOXIES - (Fat Wreck Chords)
The mighty Fat Wreck Chords company have relased the Epoxies 11 track Cd giving a differece to the melodic pnk brigade. This Cd takes me back to the 80’s, but not in the punk sense – think of Top Of The Pops / charts etc and you will get the drift. Very fresh, clean cut, sharp as a razor pop punk. Full of ditty tunes with fine crystal clear vocals, full of synths and classy guitar riffs. It’s very melodic and gives the feel of the 80’s pop. This band the Epocies would go down real well at major festivals with mixed audiences. Can’t call this punk, but I suppose you can fit it under the punk umbrella. Our scene is the most varied n the whole music business so the Epoxies do fit although it is very poppy. In the view of the Darling Buds said pop.
FIGHTING WITH WIRE - Man Vs Monster (Smalltown America)website
Since their inception in 2003, this Derry, Northern Ireland trio Fighting With Wire have suffered with inconsistency, through not being able to secure the continuing services of a robust and reliable bass player. It may be surprising to learn that from the outset, latest bassist Jamie King’s contribution is sturdy, strong and trundling, ‘Cut The Transmission’. This contribution is adeptly added to, creating the impact of Chino Moreno being backed by a combination of At The Drive Inn, Biffy Clyro and 30 Seconds To Mars. Helping the bright spark from Jetplane Landing, Cahir O’Doherty ignite a more robust and rock grounded fuse.
Lyrical paranoia starts in the above mentioned track and trickles through this debut album, some of this may be due to the fact that it has taken five years to prepare for. Vocal versatility stretches out the feeling and force. From the lingering emo tainted cries of the Saves The Day mirroring ‘Everyone Needs A Nemisis’, to the slightly nasal push of ‘Strength In Numbers’.
Power ballad, ‘Sugar’ displays a more tender heart and shows up O’Doherty’s more yearning side. A haughty vocal snap gives the moody, Metallica riffing ‘Into The Ground’, body and thrust. This element is emboldened by an expanding accompaniment that belies the fact that it is being produced by a trio. Gritty, grunge licked saunter of ‘My Armoury’, recaptures that accessible Soundgarden controlled angst and mystified perplexing.
A playful jam led hidden track that sees O’Doherty and co bantering an intro, providing a personal touch before gushing out the spiky guitar push and full-throttle percussion release of Craig McKean (formerly with Clearshot). It is worth the six minute wait and gives a hint as to the future expansiveness and retro-rocking direction that this outfit maybe heading in.
Fighting With Wire have finally officially arrived and this boost to the Northern Ireland scene could see them followed by several gripping acts, if rumours about the strength of alt rock there is anything to go by?
3 out of 5
Review by Dave Adair
FROM PLAN TO PROGRESS - A Look Over (Lime Records)website
Brighton band FPTP play fast melodic tuneful semi hardcore with a bit of a pop punk edge-it’s the vocal harmonies! This doesn’t really do anything for me to be honest and there’s a million bands out there all with this sound and the last thing I want to hear is another Green Day wanna be band. The drummers quite good though. For more details go to www.fromplantoprogress.com
GALLOWS - (division records)
So gallows are back again with a new single, as before have produced a interesting single just as before. Taken from their critically acclaimed album orchestra of wolves. You can feel the experience here from a young band ,and this enables them to continue to grow, as does their ever increasing following.2 track single here both the same tracks, one the clean version the other the not so clean, none the less a fab single. Different styles shine thru, hardcore, melodic some and even a touch of metal, just to keep us all on tip toes. Excellent as ever and a top class band here in the uk. Choppy guitars with a classic modern feel mixing some excellent metalish guitar lead riffs. A very modern band for a modern people, pushing homesome fantastic ideas. I love the named single IN THE BELLY OF A SHARK, so different to the basic punk rock sound .
GUILTY PLEASURES - (Own Release)
This 3 track cd has it all, and I hope these 3 guys continue with their input in the punk scene, full of passion and it’s quite clear they enjoy their punk. Well known on the punk front pulling of some great shows, just a pity can’t be said about travelling punters. The sound is very tight and will appeal to many, very melodic but with snotty nosed hard edge, this band bite back at all who mock. Singing the political dream from the roof tops and having lyrics to back this up will awaken those laid dormant. The message is there, sung thru there music giving a super formula which is impressive. Having gigged with the towers of London, sonic boom six,gbh, discharge, pttb, and the subs, thus giving this young band experience. A super 3 track cd a must for all punks who still believe in chaos as a form of protest, and to some this all up, you get a power full sound with great lyrics from a not so young sounding band.
HOODS UP 495 - Dropin Many Putins (Own Release)
This is a difficult one, mixing hip hop with fast punk riffs. The lyrs are so punk, so pissed off – with the members hailing from Moscow. They describe themselves as circle pit hip hop, well that’s just about right. Some classic sounds here with all that diy punk ethic, but hip hop vocals. You may think it a strange combination, well you are so right but it works and works well. 8 track cd with no remorse lyrics and fun lyrics along the way too. Plenty of pissed off lyrics targeting injustice, anti nazi, Bush, the system and just plain old chaos. If you are into trying something different that has links to punk this is for you. If you are into Cyprus Hill this will do it for you. It is nice to see the other side of things. We all breath the same air, fuck authority and fuck the system it has failed us all. Lets see more of Hoods up 495 and Eastern European punk-hip-hop.
ICED EARTH - Framing Armageddon(something Wicked Part 1) (Steamhammer Records)website
A heavy metal concept album, no more, no less. Aparantly concieved 10 years ago this is a tale of ‘man-kinds invasion of Earth, the planet occupied by the direct descendents of the Grand Architecht of the Universe’- I kid you not. As you can probably guess by what I have just written this is complete bollocks. If you can imagine a more theatrical version of Iron Maiden with hints of Ozzy Osbourne you wouldn’t be even halfway there. There’s no doubting the bands’ ability to play it’s just the pompousness that I can’t stand, the worst thing is I reckon the band are taking themselves far too seriously and actually believe some of the rubbish on here. If you want a laugh have a look at www.icedearth.com and see something as far removed from punk as you can possibly get.
IRON CROSS - 2 piece and a biscuit (teenage heart records)
Many punk and oi bands have left there mark on me that can never be removed no matter what ,Iron cross are one of them bands. This is their first release in 20 years, and well worth waiting for, and as fresh as there first ever recording. As the story goes they called it a day way back in 83, but the spirit never died and are back where they belong. Street anthems to sing along to with a great oi sound. 7 tracks in all, 4 by the mighty IRON CROSS, and 3 tracks by sab grey and the royal Americans. Iron cross put out a great oi sound, true and loyal to their own words. A fab cover of the legends of oi cock sparer but with a more relaxed sound. Sab grey and the royal Americans give a different insite into iron cross. Not your full on oi sound a more peace full sound sung with passion and heart and this is great to relax to. To put this into words its great relaxing oi punk anthems, and a must for all who lived the 80s sound and for punk fans who have actually heard of Iron cross.
IRON LUNG - Sexless/ No Sex (Prank Records)website
2nd album from U.S. power violence hardcore band Iron Lung and with a running time of 21minute 19 seconds for 20 tracks i don'’ have to tell you how fast this band can play. When you combine this with the slower bass heavy parts this makes for some noisy listening. When the band play flat out they remind me of S.O.D circa ‘Bigger Than The Devil’ without the metal!!! All this from a 2 piece band and with cover art from Nick Blinko of Rudimentary Peni if you like it crusty and heavy you’re in for a treat. For more info go to www.myspace.com/lifeironlungdeath
IT DIES TODAY - Sirens (Trustkill Records)website
Stop it now, no really give up doing this, I’m not joking pack it in. This cd starts as heavy as hell then guess what, the nice harmonised chorus that sounds like a bad version of Busted kicks in. If the band stuck to the heavy stuff this would be a great album as it is it’s just another one to file in the pile marked ‘EMO AVOID AT ALL COSTS’ that I have on the top of my dustbin. What was it that Broken Bones sang? oh yeah F.O.A.D.
KRUM BUMS & COMPLETE CONTROL - (TSOR Records)
Ever picked up a CD and thought I like the look of this, then play it and found it is out of this world and your instinct was right. Well this is one of them Cd’s. A split Cd from the Krum Bums and Complete Control who I have never heard of. Take it from me watch this space – both bands are hardcore punks, they don’t disappoint at all. The Krum bums fast onslaught from start to finish in the vein of Unseen. Very uncompromising, fast as fuck with harsh vocals with a tought of melodic treatment. Complete Control do sound a little softer, but the same can be heard in your face punk at the best. Both bands recorded their own bit in 2005/2006 in Austin, Texas. Why do all the decent hardcore punk bands come out of America? Excvellent.
LAST RESORT - Skinhead Anthems (Captain Oi Records)website
One of my favourite Oi bands of all time and it’s about time someone released this even if it only stops me from playing my very well worn vinyl copy of the album. You get the original 11 tracks, complete with swear word beep!! plus 12 bonus tracks to give you over 70 minutes worth of excellent listening. Where else are you gonna hear the original cassette single version of ‘Violence in our Minds’ (unless you’ve got it), demos of ‘Resort Boot Boys’ and ‘King of the Jungle’ and all the bands Oi album tracks. All this in a gatefold reproduction of the original album complete with lyric booklet what more do you want, Roi Pearce to cut his hair? An essential Oi album for your collection and like the band said ‘No mess, No fuss, Just pure impact…’ Go to www.captainoi.com or www.myspace.com/captainoi for more details
LOBOTOMIES - Drink passout repeat (e,h,c records)
What a promo, fast as fuck diy punk at its very best, diy ethics with a real kick ass attitude. Hats off to all involved this is a great album, draw back only 7 tracks. So get off your backside fellas get some thinking done and do what your good at. In your face diy punk , which concentrates on world wide problems, and for sure will up set those who are not political aware.Two fingers up to society here right up my street, oh yes.This band push all the right buttons and attack all that moves or stand in the way of the hardcore punk scene of today. Some very true lyrics here which mean so much to me and stick in my throat like society in general. Vocals are quick and strong think left over crack a good compare, straight to the point, hard as hell. Some excellent raging guitars aggressive which is speeding out of control at times and this is summed up in track 7. Some great bass runs which you can hear and not over powered by the vocals or drums and guitar. The drums are fast but clear crisp and strong at times, and for me this band has it all. If you like leftover crack the varukers go for this guys they wont disappoint. All comes with relevant lyric sheet .
LOS SALVADORES - Attack Of The Clones (Corndog Records)website
Take a ‘normal’ 4 piece band (bass, guitar, drums, vocals) add a cello player (who also plays a keyboard) and chuck in a mandolin/banjo/bazouki player then mix elements of punk, ska and folk music together and you end up with Los Salvadores. On paper this sounds like an odd mix and upon hearing the c.d. it doesn’t make it much easier! Unlike other bands that have done this kind of thing before- The Pogues with their Irish folk styling, Blyth Power (who to be fair played folk) or even Gogol Bordello (gypsy folk punk) Los Salvadores play folk with fast almost thrash punk kicking in all over the place. There’s no denying the band can write a decent tune but for me the styles clash to much to make it work enough, having said that after a few ciders and the right festival I reckon the place would be jumping. For more info go to www.lossalvadores.co.uk
MEEKY ROSIE - Nobody Gets Away EP (Wanderting Star Records)
3 tracks of easy listening indie rock. Not my bag at all but it is fair to say it is nice to appreciate good bands and good musicians. Hailing from Devon Meeky Rosie do sound very indie to the vien of Radiohead, Helmet etc. Influenced with such successful bands giving a sound with melodic riffs and feedback for blistering indie guitars. Track promo copyis ok if you like this kinda thing and with a huge market available Meeky Rosie should come up trumps. Wandering Star Records have sent he potential and this bould be the brink of something special. Be sure to catch up with Meeky Rosie on the festival front and be with their full length album.
MONSTER MAGNET - 4 way Diablo (steam hammer records)
13 tracks of pure monster thrash metal, it is a fab album in the making. This is a fantastic 4 piece band with a real monster sound. It has some very unique vocals hard but clear with a blinding effect, real head banging stuff. Some excellent guitar work with a real polished finish, giving a well experienced sound, this with take some beating . This strikes home hits all the right notes and gives off a sound unmatched to date. Fast to say the least with power full thrash speedy riffs. Each track is different in its own way its a blistering attack on the whole boring music industry. This is one hell of a album but its for metal kings and speed freaks, and may be not to be reviewed on a punk site, but on the other hand its so refreshing to hear a scene which your not involved in . EXCELLENT …
MOONSHINE REUNION - Sex, Trucks and Rock & Roll (Drunkabilly Records)
Moonshine Reunion mixing the est sounds in Rock n Roll, country and hillybilly kinda influence. This 13 track offering is so rockabilly with a country feel very much sounding like Elvies but with a much sharper sound. Very energetic right through to the core. Rising out of the ashes of Los Fabulous Frankies, Moonshine Reunion do sound very mature with a feel that they have been around for years, but this is wrong as this is their debut album from very experienced guys. These 3 guys go hold their own among the very skilled and crafted rockabilly scene and will surprise a gew. In an up and coming scene for anew fans this will infact raise eyebrows and sting taste buds. Letting the blues slide in lonesome rythems bit before long the twang swings back to trucking country and rockerbillay backburners. This cd is trucking at its best, get in the Stetson and jig about.
NORA - Save Yourself (Trustkill records)website
Another Trustkill release, this time it’s not EMO!!!! well it’s not whinging miserable dirges, instead you get ultra complicated shouty metally stuff. I’m not exactly sure what you’d call this music but the bands’ ability to play is never in doubt-straight 4/4 beats are well and truly out and the only problem I have with this kid of stuff is this:- it’s either self indulgent rubbish or so complex that you never remember a single song, tune or riff and is instantly forgettable. This one doesn’t get filed in the bin but it’s not far from it!! For more details go to www.norarockmachine.com
PAPARAZZI WHORE - Fake (From the band)website
No, no, no and no!!! Motorhead style bass lines mixed with dance drums and keyboards doesn’t work, it never will and anyone who thinks it does deserves to have their ears stabbed repeatedly with a blunt pencil. If you really want to hear more of this go to www.myspace.com/paparazziwhore.com
SICK CITY - Nightlife (Trustkill Records)website
I reckon there’s some kind of conspiracy going on here, Trustkill Records are out to convert the whole world into Emo, well they’ve been sussed out and the backlash starts here. Emo was the year before the year befores trend, it should be dead and gone and has never been worth listening to. It’s depressing, makes kids stay sulking in their bedrooms-instead of getting out and facing reality and for me the world would be a far better place without it. Instead of whining about how hard life is get out of your house and go get one for yourself. Another one for the big black filing cabinet in the garden.
STONERIDER - Three Legs Of Trouble (Trustkill Records)website
If you put Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Lynyrd Skynyrd in a blender, add a touch of AC/DC and dare I say it Lenny Kravitz (there done it, I need a sit down now!!) mix well and stand back you’d probably end up with a band sounding like Stonerider. Big guitar riffs and drum grooves fly out from start to finish and while this won’t be to everyone’s liking, and some will say this is the kind of music punk was a reaction against, this is one of the best dirty rock n roll albums I’ve heard in ages. If any of you dare admitting to liking any of the bands I’ve mentioned you won’t be disappointed with this cd. For more info go to www.stonerider.net
SUB CITY DWELLERS - When The Beat Starts To Pound (Longshot)website
15 tracks of dub driven ska punk from a band I don’t know anything about. Coming across like a less political version of Inner Terrestrials but with a brass section and keyboards and the bastard son of Tom Waits on vocals this album made a very welcome change from some of the drivel I’ve had to review this time round, especially the second half of it which had some samba style tracks that you can’t help but dance to (yes I was at work dancing like a looney!!!). A great chill out album and a band well worth checking out. If you’re a fan of dub/ska or bands like Inner Terrestrials you’ll love this. For more details go to www.subcitydwellers.com or www.myspace.com/subcitydwellers
SUP / DESTRUCTORS - No Parasan (Jigsaw Records)
6 track ep from two very good bands indeed. Sup are full of melodic guitars, gast and sharp as a knife and a lovely sax. Medium passed punk in the vein of many. The sax does give a Xray Spex slight feel, but with a ska/punk influence. Raging vocals, slipping into melodic form then full on onslaght in the next breath. Well worth finding more out about Sup. 3 tracks from Destructors – not as melodic as Sup, but still just as good. A more mature sound with a straight forward anarchoi sound. Straight edged guitars with no remorse vocals, staight to the point punx lyrics (Saucer Man). Track 5 ‘Psycho’ has a Ramones feel, very simple guitar Riffs but so fucking impresice and so addictive. Excellent 6 track offering from both bands.
THE DICKIES - Go Banana's (Secret Records Limited)website
21 track live cd from the bands appearance at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth in 2002 featuring Olga from the Toy Dolls on bass. What can I say about this? It’s the Dickies, it’s the Dickies live and it’s on a c.d. and it all comes nicely packaged in a gatefold cover with a booklet, which has a brief history of the band in it. It’s quite well recorded and far better than the old tape I’ve got of the band live from 1978!! Oh yeah seeing as Olga’s on board you get ‘Nellie the Elephant’ as well as all the Dickies classics. Go to www.secretrecordslimited.com for more details
THE GUILTY PLEASURES - 3 Track Demo (From the band)website email
3 track demo from a young band from the Northwest U.K. and it’s a cracker. The band have been around for the last couple of years and have a sound and songs that would have you thinking they were a lot older than they are. Melodic, politically aware catchy punk rock that will have you singing along in no time. This is what the punk rock scene needs, a good, young band that have a classic punk rock sound and don’t bother with pop punk, skate punk, faux ska etc etc. The scene will only have old dinosaurs left reforming for the cash and not the passion if bands like this don’t get a chance and these lads are just waiting for that chance and I reckon if they get it they could kill off some of the old has beens in one song. For more details email email@example.com or visit their website at www.theguiltypleasures.co.uk
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS - The Kill (Virgin Records)website
According to the press release this song has been the ‘longest running hit in the history of the Modern Rock chart since the chart started in 1988’ and I suppose seeing as I’m 1) not American or 2) into ‘Modern Rock’ I think this is Emo Bollocks of the highest order. The kids love this inane crap and I still can’t see why- if this is what passion in music is all about I’m off home to smash my guitar up and hang myself by it’s strings. It’s about time a band came along that gave these kids a kick up the arse and took them away from whinging pretty boys and showed them what real emotion in song is all about. Do us a favour kids stop listening to bands like this and go buy some Black Flag, Conflict, Cockney Rejects or a whole host of other bands that have true conviction in what they sing about.
Avoid at all cost unless you’re a 13 year old spotty kid with no mates. For more details go to www.thirtysecondstomars.com
THROWDOWN - Venom & Tears (Trustkill Records)website
Get ready for a new level of heavy music with depth, passion and truthful emotion says the press write up, so I got myself a cup of tea and got ready. Studded wrist band-check, bullet belt-check, long hair wig(well I’m bald)-check, air guitar at the ready-check looks like I’m all set. Other than this website is a PUNK and OI website and this would be more suited for the heavy metal brigade this album is fantastic. With nods towards Pantera and early Metallica this is as heavy as anything I’ve heard in a long time and if your into proper metal not poodle haired cock rock I reckon some of you may like this. For more info go to www.throwdown.com
TOO PURE TO DIE - Confidence And Consequence (Trustkill Records)website
Pantera style heavy metal that’s as far removed from punk as anything ever could be, probably better sending this to Metal Hammer or Kerranngg NOT a punk web site. Having said that if you like anything melodic, heavy and growly you may like this. For more info go to www.trustkill.com
TV SMITH AND THE BORED TEENAGERS - Crossing the red sea with the adverts (boss tune ag)
No stranger to the punk scene in 77 and the same in 2007. This for me is a classic live album with some classic tracks of yester year but done in the time of today. Some of these tracks will stay with us forever, and are engraved on the rock n roll head stone for us all to remember. Tv smith an icon if you like, and united on this recording with the bored teenages from Spain. This live recording gives us a climes of how things used to be and gives a taste for those who missed out on the 1st generation of the punk exploision. For a live recording this is very professional , and crystal clear, and taken from the gig at the famous 100 club in London. This gives me the goose bumps and not one bad track here and the pinicale of the recording and gig is finished off in a adverts blaze of glory. No over produced shit hear just as it was, no over dubing, no re recording just pure punk rock at its best. This a hell of a gig, i am so pleased to have heard such a jem. A must for all music lovers of yester year and today.
VARIOUS - 20 Tracks of UK Punk and Ska (TNS Records)website email
Critics were and still are very quick to point out that the downfall of Punk in the late 70’s was down to its parochial nature and that after causing a shock and a stir it wasn’t going anywhere. Well, the status quo hogging doomsayers forgot one fact; one hundred and ninety nine years ago in Shrewsbury, a woman gave birth to a man named Charles Darwin. He devised his theory about how species adapt and evolve in order to survive and get stronger. Unseen by the mainstream huggers the mutant musical species that is punk, has been expanding and evolving with independence, gusto and variety.
Rightfully, kicking off this fresh and blistering compilation is the psychobilly and dingy rock merging evergreen Northern Irish troupe, The Dangerfields with ‘Midnight Scene’. A noire narrative for an introduction provides a stark contrast to the shuddering percussion and lofty screech of founder member, Andrew Griswold. It serves as a call to arms to the workers and achieves a similar impact to that which the Dropkick Murphys attained, when dabbling in the same subject matter. The blistering baton is handed over to the band who also run the label responsible for this collection; ‘Revenge of the Psychotronic Man’. They instil a Dead Kennedys kick through ‘Get Pissed, Talk Shit, Dance Like An Idiot’.
As the 20 track stomp unfolds, all the scenery associated with punk is visited and vandalised. From the racing ska mingling with garage rock slant of Buzzkill, in the form of the brooding ‘Broken Picture’, through to the low-key folk sliding leanings of Just Panic, ‘Crime’. That uses an endearing Billy Bragg climb up to the slashing chorus, striking out at the injustices caused by those who obey orders. The furthest point on the ska axis is found in ‘Curriculum Vitae’, by Harjan. Those who hope and pray that the raw, ripping, rhythmic and attitude gushing approach of Sham 69 has not been ignored by contemporary troupes, will embrace Faintest Idea’s offering, ‘See You In The Gutter’.
Wigan’s rockabilly rooted, The Hyperjax provide a freewheeling lighter touch ‘English Country Garden’, demonstrating why they are first on many venue’s list when it comes to hiring a band needed to provide energy, spirit and sincerity. TNS Records continues to fly the flag for punk and ska in the UK. They do so showing a community spirit and an endearing DIY ethic.
4 out of 5
Review by Dave Adair
VARIOUS - Extreme Music Comp (Musica Records)
Rip roaring comp from Bratislava / Slovaka. Some of the bands knowon, some are not, never the less this is a good comp to get all those muscells twitching for sure. With the mighty Social Distortion giving a helping hand with their track ‘Gotta Know the Rules’it has punk written all over it. Well maybe not, a lot of hardcore too on this one giving a fine blend. Whetus also add the track ‘Teenage Dirt Bag’ just for you to reminise. Track 19 of 24 is also a fab ditty by the Primitives. This is all good stuff, fast to deium passed through out and should appeal to all snow boarders, skaters, moto, surfs etc and others. Lets get that blood rising sweat pumping etc.
VARIOUS - Angry scenes Volume 2 comp (angry scenes records)
This 31 track album just rocks and puts the boot in, and sticks two fingers up to the main stream big style. This is how it should be diy and straight from the street, and done by bands who just believe in what there doing is right. Some of the band on this comp are well known some not so known at all but all through the cd things are pulled together just right. I hate all the over produced shit, none of that here just good old punk at its best and sometimes most enterprising and inspiring to me. I am no stranger to reviewing a angry scene comp as i reviewed the last one, this is the better of the 2 for me. Some great bands have put forward there songs and are active members to the punk scene of today, so if you know your punk you should have heard of drongos for Europe, contempt, poundaflesh , dog shit sandwich, eastfield, and bickles cab. All can be found on this comp so some excellent punk bands to listen to, then again some not so noticeable bands for you to check out. Get off your backside and go do your bit for the diy punk scene buy it.....…
VARIOUS - The Kings Of Streetpunk (G & R London Records)website
18 track compilation that does exactly what it says in the title, gives you the Kings of Streetpunk on one cd. The’re all here, Cockney Rejects, Gonads, East End Badoes, The Business and the first new tracks from the 4-Skins in God knows how many years (‘Glory Days’ and ‘Chaos 2007’ to be precise) it’s like the old Oi albums never went away. The Postmen make a re-appearance and with a sing a long by the Cockney All Stars –‘Oi Oi Oi’ this will fit right next to the albums I bought as a kid. This is an essential addition to any streetpunk/oi fan and if you haven’t got it yet what you been doing- go on get out there and get this now.
VARIOUS - Shielded by death vol 4 (dagger records)
I find this one hard to get into some what, as all comps are so hard to construct into a winning format. I find them so difficult to be fair in a review, as some of the content is poor, and this makes it so hard not to tar all bands with the same brush. This comp is one of those very difficult albums i am talking about. As said before i hate to judge, slag and so on in our scene, as only our scene has the variation , and the imagination others can only dream of. Some of the bands are known to me but others are new to my ears, 26 tracks of a wide spectrum of punk, but largely from across the pond . To be honest some of the bands are poor and do sound as though this is a demo comp, may be that is how it just comes across. A demo, to be reviewed and spread about to enable these bands to noticed. Well for me much more hard work is required, and only a few bands are worth a listen at the moment. PFS,foreign legion are bands known to me ,and stand out a mile. May be im just a fucking sob, but this album is a difficult one and its not as good as i expected. Its diy for sure and its ok as comps go but for me its not my bag at all. SORRY.
VARIOUS - Madhouse recording (Thunk Records)
Now this one is slightly different, a 10 track album full off punk goodies of well known punk bands but were not reviewing the bands, were reviewing the recordings and the recording studio. All recorded at the world famous madhouse recording studio. The studio is a haven for punk bands to record there music and this finished product is a jem, giving an insight into how things stand in the punk scene. Track 1 is a recording by the mighty discharge with rat on vocals, not surprising discharge of today have lost none of their hardcore sound which has influenced so many bands in the past. Dogflesh add their own song again very hardcore in the vein of discharge, and again a super recording. Track 3 is a more melodic sound by the fanny pads, but this again is a crystal clear recording showing how good the madhouse recording studio is. Slightly different input from head clinic but this recording is the best for me. Instant agony blast away thru another madhouse recording. Always good to see mdm and perv over Mandy, and this is their recording at madhouse, again a great show by a most under rated punk band. Section 5 and tosh do not disappoint with their own input again showing what results can be achieved in a good studio. Drongos give another account of a super work by all involved. Last up is the mad fuckers from Manchester 3cr and again a super result. Some excellent bands doing their bit in a punk as fuck studio, so if you’re in a band visit madhouse studio ITS PUNK FRIENDLY. CONTACT FISH ON THUNK@CD2.COM.
WILD BILLY CHILDISH & THE MUSICIANS … - Punk Rock At The British Legion Hall (Damaged Goods)
This 2 track promo is ok, but not my cup of teat. Those of you who know me, know before 1980 I don’t listen to. I don’t like the feel of the 76-79 early kinda fell, but this is ok, not bad at all and does have a very early feel for sure. Track 1 has a Clash influence sounding very king Joe Strummer and that is a compiment. Two very different offerings are tracks 1 & 2. Wild Billy Childish is back with his new band mxing early punk influences wih a rock & roll, home made DIY. Maybe this will show the next generation of punkers what real punk starts sound like? Or maybe not!!!
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DISCHARGE - Halifax, Shay (24/3/8)
Hay i am at the shay its a bit of a punk fest with bands like sick 56, total bloody chaos and one way systerm , i do see some of one way sterm and i thought they were ace !! , its well packed here and i know pretty most of the people here !! there all mad he he , ok discharge time its the last night of the tour and as ever rat is on fine form , decontrol , you take part, state, cctv,never again, hyperover, all played ex , !!! a bloody great end to the tour lots of sweaty punks every were !! how a discharge gig should be !! this night mare still continues thank god in 2008.
PUNK & DISORDLEY FESTIVAL - Berlin (Feb 08)
Well what can i say i love berlin and i have many good friends there to !! this weekend i am not gonna go through the whole lot but there were some great acts this weekend , like the return of the 4 skins !! , well could they cut the mustard , well i must say yes they did , but not at first it took a bit of time but it came with ‘’ what a wonderful world’’ and ‘’ one law for them’’great i loved it i hope they play the uk soon as a good live act this band is gonna be once again !!, ok partizans wow ripped through all the songs ‘’police story’’, james kelly, ‘’ no u turns’’, arms race’’ ‘’ and of course i never need you’’ brill set lads !! the buinesness , mick and tosh and the lads cool , again , i tosh now in the band has added it to it i like them better now top man , anti-dote dutch punk gods ripping up all the songs as ever great set again, and the list goes on , goldblade jhon robb top man top band , chemical chaos , hot , as ever !! and the mighty varukers ripping in to no goverment , sas,anothere relgion etc , ex set this band seems to do no wrong , keep the good work up rat !! you know your a god !! ohl a german band with a local following never heard them before but to me a bit on the discharge side dressed all in black but shit hot and a band called the bones yet again never heard them before but dam fine band all in all i met a lot of new people and old faces to , a dam good week end a massive thanks goes to danny stage manager for the festival & mark from mad bookings making it the best event of the year so far !! see you lot next year , or before who knows , ‘’ punk ant dead’’ its gone to berlin..…
DISCHARGE - Nottingham, Rock City (1/3/8)
Well folks back in the nottingham tonight for discharge,s first leg of there uk tour, with have mr paul hoddy of conflict/broken-bones standing in tonight as mr raony as a bit of as cold and in discharge true fashion the show will go on !! its a bit empty but as the discharge hour comes near !! its fills up !! and we get a top class performace by the band !! all the classics nightmare continues, never again , newer trax cctv , etc a great show by a great band, see there next in newcastle next week at trillians see you there !!!
DSB - Amsterdam, Baarmoeder (4/3/8)
Well folks diff country this week in holland with some jap friends dsb , if you never heard of them were you been !!! totally fucking ace d-beat japcare and tonight is no-exception its a week gig so not sure of the turn out two othere bands one from sweden i did see some of them sista sekunden not bad just rock n roll punk , ok it does fill up and @ only 5 euros in what a bargin for jap care at its best !! i do not really know all the tracks by the band but what a shows it 45mins on intence chaos with the lead singer coming on stage with a cardboard box on his head !! and then in gets in it a bursts out and then hes on top of the ceiling like spider man people holding him up there !! what a choaotic gig !! one of the best jap core bands around @ the moment go see em when ever you can !! a top night in amsterdam
DISCHARGE - Newcastle, Trillians (6/3/8)
What can i say about these d-beat gods you allready know , we have the fiend opening for them top local band go em , ok rainy is still ill so we wish him well !! so paul hoddy takes his place again and as i have said be fore he does a great job to a packed house , we have all the classics, plus newer ones cctv , etc lots of mad danceing and as ever rat doing one ex of a job as ever a bloody great night in newcastle thanks to scotty hellkrusher and neety to top mates from newcastle, this nightmare still continuess
DISCHARGE - Leicester, Shed (12/3/8)
well folks back in leciester to night with a few top bands wave od fear and riot squad and of course the minght discharge, its a week show , its not to many at the mo arrive , hay i have been here now for a bit and the place is filling up nicley, and its time for wave of fear to tage the stage, it has mark from ,ent,eow,flithkick, etc in the ranks so its gotta be good and it is , so great full on fast core from these guys, wicked set !! ok its the riot squad up next with chiz on vox , i never liked riot squad first time arround but i love this time full on punk rock from chiz and the ladds , great set and the kids are slamming , cool ok discharge next , well i must admit the last time i seen the guys they are doing a cracking sets , and tonight is still as wicked as ever , a slight tech hitch at first but mr bones sound sorts it , with class trax never again,cctv,the blood runs red , what more do you want !! top night in leciester , this nightmare still continues
DISCHARGE - Gillingham (14/3/8)
Well folks never been here before !! but it lokks like its gonna be a good night with 2 french bands surpports , no-flag and i think the othere band was called cubensis well no-flag are well good i never heard of them before but i like em , check them on myspace if you wanna here there music best track ‘’ spit english or die’’ cool stuff , ok its not over full its just right tonight me thinks, ok next french band up are no-flag from paris me thinks this band is well good !! metal/pun k cross over dam good at what they do !!! very good , ok its discharge time and mr paul hoddy is still on bass , but rainy is on his way back really soon !!! it all the classics , plus newer trax cctv , yet again its taken a while but mr rat has done it , discharge are back on the map were they belong !!! a classic night at gillingham for discharge fans ..
DISCHARGE - Brighton, Engine Rooms (15/3/8)
Well back in brighton , the last time i was here was when doom was going the first time around !!! many moons ago !! ok we have constanct stae of terror on the surpport bill tonight plus unterr chaos i think there called on as well ok , well what can you say on constanct total icons of flith me thinks !!! witch is a good thing !! check this band out you will not be disappointed , ok chaos ladds this band is the buisness & test tubes rolled into one !!! not band yet again if you like that sort of thing i do not mind it , they did a good and funny set , go see em , ok its well packed now and the weather is well bad out side its pissing it down , but it well on fire in here !! with all the classics as ever , rat shows that discharge are not gonna take anything lying down , cctv, fight back , the blood runs red, and the mighty decontrol , proves yet again discharge are a force to be reckoned with !!! good as i reckon there one of the top punk bands around to day , go se em , well in my eyes they all-ways was , decontrol , decontrol were been shit on for far to long !!!
DISCHARGE - Camden, Underworld (16/3/8)
Ok its camden town tonight and its a cold one but there arestill loads of punks outside on the cider waiting to get in to see discharge, with have the two french bands on again tonight , no-flag & cubensis , its a packed one tonight lots of good friends are here tonight, its gonna be a good one me thinks, well lets make it a hat trick !! ok both the french bands are well good tonight i think better than at gillingham , really top classic crossover bands check em out on myspace, ok its discharge time again , and yes we get all the classics but the kids are going mad there divers coming from ever wear tonght , no stop , throught out the whole set and they get called back on stand twice , a bloody great night !!! ‘’ this nightmare still continues......... in
DISCHARGE - Edinbugh (20/3/8)
Well its a cold night in edinburgh tonight but i am sure discharge will warm us up !!!, theres only one surpport band tonight, not sure who they were but they were dam good at what they did, its over full tonight, but hay mr wattie from the expoilted has turned up , a great friend of mine and of discharge so it was cool to see him, we get all the classics, here , here nothing , decontrol i even saw wattie haveing a dance to it, i think its taken rat a while now but i am not saying this as i know the bloke , he does a dam fine job and to me discharge belongs to him now !! , dont get me wrong i saw cal the first time around , dam fine to , but he ant here no more so we got the next best thing rat !! nice one this nightmare still vcontinues in edinburgh
DISCHARGE - Aberdeen (21/3/8)
Ok dischargers in aberdeen tonight with the gods of d-beat , there are two surpports tonight i think one of them is napalm death , i am sure of it !! there not but my god they sound like em . i dont mind it but it dont fit the discharge to play with em , awyas they are good at what they did , there was anothere band but i missed them if your rerading this sorry to you i , ok discharge come to aberdeen for the first time and theres a few faces in , its a dam fine show to yet again all the classics and lots of mad danceing proveing again this band is a force to be reckoned with !!! bloody ace show ..
GBH + BILLY CLUB - Camden Purple Turtle (26/2/8)
Ok its a cold night in london and i am heading towards the purpel turtel never been there be fore so its a new one on me !!! , its not to far from the underworls abiut ten mins walk and i like it , its small but in saying that i think its the right size for the gig tonight , we have the drezdens on as well , they to me are a bit ramones ish but in saying that thats cool to !! ok billy club are on first i love billy club not only are they good mates , but a bloody top band to , i think they should be a lot bigger than they are , as they are a diff band with a diff sound ‘’ i fucking hate you ‘’ one of my fav songs !! top band and a top start to the night , will done karl we love you !! ok dresdens ok there ok but they dont do that much to me , but there fast and loud so what more do you want !! ,the placve is getting well full now as the time comes closer for GBH to take the stage , and i have not seen GBH play london for a while it it shows the the kids go mad for it !! give me fire, ha, ha, falling down, kids get down new track , a fucking blinding set !! , it was a great night , i think GBH to day are better than ever lets have some more !! i went home very happy , cheers colin see you soon mate .
DISCHARGE - Glasgow (23/3/8)
Ok glasgow rockers been here a few times i love the venue and the people , i forget the band thats on with them but i have seen them before are i remeber constant fear bloody icons of flith i think great band , they did a great set to !! the place is full i know a few people here great night , yet again lots of mad danceing to discharge , with all the classics , to boot , brill show again can not fault these gods of d-beat , sorry to say rainy has been doing any of this tour due to ills ness , hopefully he will be back soon , lots of people wishing him well me to ...ex night
VARUKERS & SICK ON THE BUS - Mansflied old mill (1/4/8)
Hay i am in mansflied tonight with the varukers & sick on the bus to fav bands of mine and i never been here before but its a great venue up stairs , not over full but the sick on the bus do a bloody great job !! punk police, oh no sick on the bus, ugly , all the classics there , grerat stuff , ok varukers time protest and survive how do you sleep !! , sas , and the danceing was the maddest i ever seen !! arms and legs and bodies litter the floor !! what a show i loved it !!! one ex night again
VARUKERS & SICK ON THE BUS - Birmingham, Market Tavern (1/4/8)
Well there has been a few bands on tonight as its the last night of the tavern , cupid stunts, in tention, sick on the bus and the varukers, i heard the night before GBH just turned up and played !! its sad to see the place go !! i had some good times there!! All the bands played well and it was like a punks picnic !! lots of old faces , great stuff really enjoyed it !! but not to worrie try the black horse aston it the next venue for some classic memeories !!! up the brummie punks i am proud to be one !!
SHORT BUS WINDOW LICKERS - Nottingham maze (4/4/8)
well punks of nottingham it was the lickers time @ the maze and what a ex show by these guys as ever , wth robin from the restarts in there you can not go wrong can you , well they bplyed all the classic, 6 for a fiver, and poion idea cover and gg alan to boot , what can you say its licker time go see them playing some were near you soon ,..
FIRE EXIT, MEINHOF, RED EYES, CROSSFIRE - Glasgow Capitol (24/2/8)
Only the second gig of the year for me after a busy
tail end of the year on the road with Fire Exit in
their 30th year, including Amsterdam, Blackpool, and
many gigs including 999, the UK Subs (twice) in
Glasgow and even a large venue slot at the ABC
supproting the Misfits. Venue great, sound great but
Misfits not my cup of tea! Also took in the
Sensational Alec Harvey Band at the ABC, which was
sensentional! But with all the above I've been too
busy/lazy to write up reviews!
PICTURE FRAME SEDUCTION, THE BLOOD, THE VARUKERS, THE PARTISANS, OHL, BONES, 4SKINS - Berlin Punk N Disorderly Festival – Saturday Night (23/2/8)
This is a new choice of venue from the ever impressive MAD Tour outfit and 20 of us hardy northern scummers have braved an early morning flight, projectile vomiting and severe headaches to hit East Berlin in time to gather our thoughts and check out the line up for tonight’s festivities. Im amazed at the line up after being told how weak it was this year. I don’t think so. Picture Frame Seduction, The Varukers, Partisans, Bones, The Blood OHL and then The 4Skins and that’s just the main stage ! Weak, my arse. There’s even The Threats on the 2nd stage to end the night. The new venue is fucking huge and combines some old eastern commy air hangers which must be 150 foot square. This place can hold 5,000 I’m told, and by the look at the early turn out for PFS it fucking well will do. Strewn across the full length are about 700 band t-shirts and loads of other stalls including a fucking class out side coffee bar, beer tents and grub. Fuck politics this is the business. And at this point I realised we missed them the night before along with Deadline …… It is clear UK punk bands still lead the punk rock way across the globe. I first saw Picture Frame Seduction at Ferryhill ( once my home nr Durham ) in 1984 and they hit a chord with me, back then they were fucking scoundrels always looking for a knock and always up for a party. And fuck me things don’t change, I see a PFS geezer ( Lead Singer Keith ) fuck faced with Rob the Spike from The Partisans hanging on to each other like two long lost brothers. I make my hello’s with Keith and said Zan and was immediately told to fuck off and drenched in a bottle of lager. Lovely blokes, and later I have to share this with you, was treated to the fucking party of all party’s at the Trinktteufel bar in the old town. My fucking eye sockets bled after that Welsh nativity play. Crazy start and a fine welcome … These Welsh bastards don’t know when to stop … Love em !
Just after 6 the PFS ( Picture Frame Seduction ) lads take the stage and dealt the ever increasing crowd a fucking tight fast hardcore set that delivered on all levels for me. Keith piss taking as ever and they have a new guy on guitar, Ash who is a rag doll guitar marksman of the first order, he moves around like he is shagging that guitar right where it hurts most, and has the qualities of a young Biff ( SOTB ) cept of course Im later told that Ash is straight edge and that’s a credit to him, and then there’s Steve on bass if not the sperm of Pete Townsend, he fucking well should be. Drummer Griff a Ramone lookee-likee drove the sound home for a brilliant 35 minute set ending with Old Soldiers and the fucking classic Sex War. But the hard hitting set got the Berliners jumping and me ready for some steiners. This intro to many Germans to one of our finest UK82 outfits set a real standard for what was to come. Move on …..
I don’t like to bash a band, but The Blood were not in the right venue, nor the right place for me. Some of the audience appreciated their set, but for me an acoustic set after what we had just witnessed was not on the agenda. I hated it. But there’s many who wouldn’t have, and maybe I missed the point here, but they didn’t sound to me like the No Future signing of 24 years back. I was disappointed more than anything. But I am a punk rock dinosaur who knows what he fucking likes. Maybe them finishing off with ‘That’s Entertainment ‘ by The Jam was the final straw ?
OHL I missed ( sawry – but im chatting up a monster squad lass at this point before I realise im in for a slap ! oops … ) but I wasn’t going to miss The Varukers, no sir. And like PFS before they dominated proceedings and fucked us straight in to overdrive. God save the Rat, and all that fucking fed him ! This guy is a punk rock celebrity ( d class) and I love him, like the other bands that still enjoy what they achieved back then The Varukers got the near 3,000 crowd jumping from the front to the back, and Biff brought it right in to our faces. Loud and fucking proud, and then the speeded up version of Soldier Boy drove the crowed mental. This was the stuff punk rock was meant to be, loudest and proudest and fuck off to the 3 Nazi scum bags who insisted on saluting the air. Cunts. The pit bounced around and I jest you not it was the craziest punk scene I have been in for some years. A classic hardcore set. And watching The Bones after was good, don’t get me wrong but my fucking ears were buzzing to fuck and still the best UK bands of all time were to come. Wank me sideways …
Then like a rejuvenated zombie Spike, he of the fuck off tablet and spiky hair struts on to stage with Andy from the original and best Partisans. The 2 Swedish guys with them who are now the norm hammered home a set that made me fucking weep. 17 Years of Hell kicked the crowd straight in to business and the Zans just never let up, it was the performance of the night for me, and I was just crying, screaming and chugging on beer as the fists got more clenched and the chants rolled over the East Berlin night. Every Zans classic was played and the crowd surges were like waves of migrating birds, once in you were fucked for life. 5AM ( fuck the BNP ) hit the night air as me and a few muckers pointed at the stage and then at the 3 skins who had gradually filtered away from proceedings. Fuck you Nazi I shouted, I didn’t care, they could have killed me, I wouldn’t have minded, I was in absolute fucking heaven. Police Story then Arms Race, then Join The Partisans, then fucking hell I cant remember, this was some night.
By the time the 4Skins came on I was blitzed, ragged and tagged but ready for a bit more punk rock, if that’s ok 4Skins ? Right ok, there has to be 5,000 in here now but first off lets dispel the myth - being proud of your fucking country don’t make you a Nazi, right ? good, move on. The Skins for me are the godfathers of Oi, a real treat was in store and I wont hold a conversation with anyone who wants to start on band politics. But the chants of ‘skinhead ‘ from Mr Hodges did inspire (if that be the right choice of wording ) a good 50 or so to start the sieg hiels, and if he saw them they should have been told to fuck off. Gary is a genuine man, and I know he wouldn’t have liked to have seen what we did out front. But for me Gary Hodges is a right old softy and his tunes from the bygone days of Oi are legendary moments in a punks education. Still these Nazi’s are mugs and twats of the highest order, the point here is that this was the streetpunk band of the year circa 1981, I grew up on the noise, and no numbskull will spoil it. Hodges was in fine form for someone Im told who has ‘been away for a while ‘ with the tap of a finger upon nose and a wink …. Evil Evil Evil Evil, yeah I like breaking arms and legs still fits in with the ethos of the bands real identity, and the message for those in the know of this song is clear. Im so shattered I could faint ! Plastic Gangster saw me off, I was billy bollixed and ready for a rest, and I watched as the packed venue rocked away for another half hour getting all skinned up and ready for a long walk, run, taxi home to sanity. The 4Skins finished a real fine night, love em and god bless em all. As we left some 2 hours later and hailed a taxi back in to town I knew I had seen one fucking brilliant show from start to finish, yes there were real highs and yes a few lows too, but that’s our scene, I’ll take it not leave it. And take it from me chums we are in a rude state of health, I didn’t sleep till hammersmith ‘ quite literally ‘ and didn’t intend to, but if anyone out there spies a Zan and a Frame don’t say hello, just tell em I want my Mrs back in some sort of decent order, it’s fucking the least she deserves, we love each other …. Right ? ………….. Nah I jest ye all, they were as good as gold, real diamonds, blah blah blah. Now that’s the equaliser I just hope their respectives don’t read this ! ….. Berlin 23rd feb 2008. Fucking Rockin’
Reviewed by Idiots Gold Fanzine
DONNY PUNK FESTIVAL - (22/3/8)
Donny punk fest brought out the full range of ages and styles punk rock now has to offer after 30 odd years or so, bands ages ranging from 15 to 50 and punters from 6 to 60, all taking their rightful place in this punk rock family outing and fantastically around 200 or so of them converged on Doncaster for a trouble free celebration of punk rock.
The Leopard has been one of if not the best small venue Doncaster has had
for the last 20 years or so and is situated a mere 2 minutes walk from Donny
train station, which itself is gloriously central on the national train networks,
no excuses really for not coming down to Donny to see a band wherever you are
from London or Scotland jump on a train in a couple of hours at most you’ll
be straight in the lounge or tap room having a pint waiting for the upstairs
band room to open (bloody hell Alan that plug’s got to be worth a free
Guinness??) . The Leopard has played host to amongst others The Damned, The
UK Subs Testies, Lurkers GBH,ANWL, 999 Glen Matlock, pretty much all the punk
bands still around really so it was without any trepidation that The Leopard
agreed to let Lady Punker stage the inaugural ‘Donny Punk Fest’ 22
March 2008 , twas a roaring success , read on.
Next up (1.30pm) ironically at a time when most people are having a brew n a biccy Doncasters' Sugarcubed fall into the category of not everyone’s cup of tea and this did seem to be the case today . I quite like them and think they’re a stomping little punk band with songs like ‘Gods little Joke’ bristling with belligerence and spite coming across not altogether unlike a Stooges/White Stripes Hybrid, confidence bordering on arrogance, shrinking violets they are not with Androgynous lead vocalist Sugarcunt howling and strutting his stuff around the stage and very soon the floor. There were a few puzzled faces from non-locals wondering why the 50 or 60 strong crowd seemed glued to the back wall of the venue as if someone had let off some sort of atomic fart, they soon realised Mr Sugarcunt likes to parade around the room half naked draping himself over anyone within mike lead range, I allowed myself a wry smile as various unsuspecting souls were lavished with suggestive affection. Not everyone’s cup of tea, more a quadruple Vodka and red bull and a couple of E’s, whatever, entertaining stuff.
Third on the Leopards’ hallowed stage ‘The Hyenas’ self confessed flea bitten Sheffield punks took to the stage half cut to a near full room, yeah upstairs was about full now and would be so for just about the rest of the day apart from the now accepted fag break disappearances. Apart from a few technical hitches courtesy of a lightweight want away bass amp head which poor old hop along Bassist Goodlad had a mare with The Hyenas fronted by Mohican mad man Pete literally tore into an onslaught of 2-3 minute pieces of thrashy punk such as the gloriously manic ’21 Grams’ and ‘What’s In your Rucksack’, the pace continued throughout 30-40 minutes or so. The fact Pete finished in the mosh pit (do we still say mosh pit??) at the front mobbed by all and sundry all singing the lyrics show how popular these lads are in Donny. Imagine Discharge smoking Leftover Crack, proper in yer face spunky punk. ‘Bottle of Rum’ is a corking fun thrash song and you don’t get many fun thrash songs to the pound now do you?
Next on local anti-heroes ‘Cock 55’ and a bit of a drunken pirate theme going on here stumbling onstage full of rum and lager determined to further stoke this crowd and they did just that, made me proud to from Donny, there it’s not too many times I’ve ever said that . Snotty two fingers up to authority , fast as fuck punk rock, simple rhythms straight forward messages ‘this is who we are, this is what we do, fuck you’ basically, priceless!. ‘Drunk as Punk’ ‘Unemployment’ highlights of the cocks set as well as a new one (couldn’t remember the title) about yes you’ve guessed it …Pirates, that Jack Sparrow has got a lot to answer for. Great young band who’ve done a shit load for the Doncaster Punk scene along with bands like Up Against the Wall Mother fucker. Grant, Kay and Jim provide the Cocks backbone (that sounds a bit weird don’t it? could that be a Google whack?) and Nic is a great front man, knows his job, punk as cluck.
The crowd dwindled a bit after Cock 55, a good percentage fagging it outside with members of the cock (did you see what I done there???oh forget it!) but ‘Lowlife UK’s Hardcore rock-punk eventually brought all the stragglers back upstairs. Lowlife’s sound comes somewhere in-between Poison Idea Motorhead and Black Flag, very rocky but unmistakably punk with a nice line in self deprecating humour in-between songs ( and it gives the old buggers a rest too) Lowlife UK went down well at the Leopard today , anti-social anthems such as ‘Fuck You’ ‘Ugly and Proud’ and ‘ Dead and Gone’ were delivered with a snarl from uber confident Skinhead frontster ‘Beaker’ with cocksure rhythm section and guitar rounding off an impressive 40 minutes or so, top stuff ! .
Somewhat surprisingly things were a bit ahead of schedule so the DJ (his other job’s a stripper apparently) played a great little mix of OI and 70’s glam rock whilst ‘Eastfield’ casually set there stuff up onstage.
It has to be said that Eastfield had arguably the best crowd of the night, packed from the back to the front, young kids and their punk parents , good old Chris Cripple head in right hand bass bin boogieing in his wheelchair, friends of friends in flowered dresses along with the Mohicans and skinheads. If any band epitomises the DIY Punk ethic it’s Eastfield and punks recognise this and the fact that they perform some of the catchiest punk pop anthems this side of Mega City 4. There was a time somewhere in-between the ages of 25-35 in my life when it seemed uncool to punch the air, well I twatted the old ozone layer quite a few times during the Eastfield set not least to ‘Fare dodging’ and ‘Another boring Eastfield song’ come on it would be rude not to. Jessi, Bambi and Trina do some great harmonies with lots of la la la choruses and the lyrics are joyous in their sarcasm and wit plus Oddo is rock solid on the drums behind them. God bless yer Eastfield.
Newly confirmed as my girlfriends new favourite band ,big chorusey harmonious Leeds punk popsters ‘Guns On The Roof’ arrive a little late after having their gear locked in a venue from the previous nights gig, shame too cos 30 mins or so wasn’t enough for me GOTR were one of the most energetic bands of the day, their sound falling somewhere in-between Goldblade and the Wildhearts. Last Orders and ecological protest song ‘Hangman’ being the highlights for me of their set and they went down a storm too, quality band with a great attitude to boot, nuff said.
Outl4w were the icing on the punk cake for me even with 2 bands left to play. Now forget about their ages this is a quality punk band sounding in equal measures old and new school punk, their latest stuff being quite a bit heavier in substance, undeniable 80’s punk influences such as GBH, Exploited maybe Poison Idea along with say some of Rancids heavier stuff, tight sharp rhythms and plenty of stagecraft on show for a band who’s tour itinery would scare the pants off a lot of well toured bands. Hopefully if Outl4w stay together long enough which with a band featuring 3 brothers is a feat in itself, they can have a long and profoundly snotty punk rock career (if there is such a thing) and encourage other youngsters to keep the punk ethic alive and truly bridge the gap (if there is one) between us old punky farts and the new breed, more bands like this coming through and we’ll be laughing. It’s worth noting that all the younger bands on show today like Cock 55 and The Hyenas were up or near the front cheering Outl4w on in true no ego punk band fashion. As the beer flows a bit more freely and Outl4w finish a proper shit hot set another warm glow rushes through me old veins, Drongos and Demob, bring it on!
Main supports ‘Drongos for Europe’ kept the crowd and a substantial pit engrossed for just over an hour or so with their hard rock tinged punk sound, influences from The Ruts, Killing Joke and possibly the Stooges and Motorhead steadily oozing through their set, great riffs, real tight scuzzy punk indeed. Some great chanty choruses on offer here too, ‘Punk rock radio’ and ‘Dance when Maggie’s dead ‘standing out. ‘Hope and Glory’ and ‘Wake up Call’ were other high points. This is the first time I’ve seen the Drongos live and I was very impressed, great energy and an intense front man performance from Tommy who and I’m sure he’ll hate me for saying this looks to me a bit like Peter Gabriel, sorry. I look forward to seeing them again at the next Donny punk fest on 1st November, if not before.
It’s great to see Andy K’s Demob headline this fest and close it on a high with (in a packed out Leopard) ‘Room for You’ one of my all time fave punks songs ever, I remember it from one of those punk and disorderly ( or was it an OI album?) Compilations I used to buy as a nipper. A little worse for drink by this time the memory of Demobs set is a bit hazy sorry guys , I do remember an especially Towering show from Andy and a tight performance from the new line up , did they do ‘Once a Punk Always a Punk’ ? , yeah I’m sure they did? Boy what a day, no trouble, great bands, great people, cracking PA sound, this is what music is about, bringing people together. You can keep your music Industry bashes, no egos, no band entourages no publicists no unsuited lawyers pretending to be down with the kids, no self deluded bands with yes men in tow no ridiculous rider stipulations (white socks and Hot towels pah!) no stick thin divas professing to owe it all to the fans, no I’m just Jenny from the block, no perfectly white teeth no boy/girl band good looks.
No, no room for those guys not here in the sweat stained beer goggled upstairs room and surrounding public house that is ‘The Leopard’ in exotic Doncaster, punk rock found a nice little resting place on it’s never ending tour of the universe, huh how much Guinness?? .October 31st 2008 -2nd November 2008 Donny Punk fest 2 weekend. November 3rd George Best size liver transplant… NURSE!!!.
Reviewed by Tez
1977 - Gateshead Three Tuns (23/2/08)
Their first of a handful of gigs this year, at the Three Tuns. The place was half full before the band came on stage, but pretty soon filled up, as the sound of Stiff Little Fingers strained out. Singer/lead guitarist, Jacka, bassist, Bill, and drummer, Cass were really on form tonight.
UK Subs hit, Tomorrows Girls, Ruts single, Staring At The Rude Boys, the Damned classic Love Song, the Clash's Complete Control, Sex Pistols b-side, Satellite, Sham 69 anthem, Borstal Breakout were all in there. So was In The City, by The Jam. The nostalgia continued with Cock Sparrer's Running Riot, with Bill handling the lead vocals for this one. Stranglers track, Nice n Sleazy, with Jacka skilfully using his guitar to do an improvised version of Dave Greenfield's keyboard work. More old favourites included Angelic Upstarts' b-side, Police Oppression; from Spizz, Where's Captain Kirk, and the old 999 single, Nasty Nasty,
There was always a good mosh down the front, with the Geordies cheering up, after their team's terrible loss to Manchester United. And, no, they didn't dedicate Born To Lose to the Toon, when they played it. A couple of girls got on stage, to dance and join in the backing vocals. While Bill went for a leak, Jacka did an impromptu version of Amy Crackhouse's Valerie. Rigid Digits lead singer, Pea, was in the audience, and he joined 1977 on stage to do a Stiff Little Fingers track, (sorry, can't remember which one).
It seems they have taken on board that we want more Punk and less New Wave.
Definitely one of the better gigs I have seen them play. Can't wait for the
next one. That's all for now. Have fun and take care.
Reviewed by Wolverhampton Ex-Punk
LAST RESORT - Hartlepool Studio (29/2/08)
The Last Resort don't play many gigs. So, this one was not to be missed. The audience was mostly serving and retired skinheads, with a handful of Punks, as well as one or two football lads in there. They started off with King Of The Jungle, and then Freedom, with a long guitar solo introducing it.
Roi stripped off his denim jacket, to reveal his heavily tattooed body, as they next burst into another old classic, Held Hostage. Newer ones they did included A Land Fit For Heroes, and Do You Know Who The Fuck You Are, as well as Bolthole, Right To Riot and Fear No Foe, from the Resurrection cd.
The crowd were a bit dead, as they all stayed off the mosh-pit, as if it had some exclusion zone put on it. The set continued, with Horrorshow, Working Class Kids, and Rose Of England. There were a few 4-Skins numbers in there, ACAB and Evil, and these got a few of lads down the front.
People were shouting for Johnny Barden, as the Resort returned on stage. I
was expecting Wonderful World, but we got old favourite, Resort Bootboys. The
final number of the night was the old 4-Skins classic, Chaos, loads jumping
in there, with a big mosh up the front. This was great to see, and I don't
know why it couldn't have been like this all night, instead of a handful of
skins and football lads giving it some every now and then.
Reviewed by Wolverhampton Ex-Punk
RIGID DIGITS - Gateshead Three Tuns (7/3/08)
This was their first visit of the year at the Three Tuns for Rigid Digits, and they broke us in gently with Beirut Moon. There was only about half their usual crowd here, with many regular faces from their gigs absent. A couple of songs in, and singer, Pea, demanded a bit of backing vocals from the audience, as they did Gotta Get Away, livening up the gig as they chanted the bit before the bass intro. Plenty more SLF favourites flowed through the set: Strummerville, Barbed Wire Love, and State Of Emergency, all passionately delivered, with bags of energy.
The second half began with the military drum beat intro to Johnny Was. By now, more people had arrived, with a mosh going on down front. Plenty of backing vocals once more from the audience ended this one. The anti-sectarian classic, Each Dollar A Bullet, was in there, along with more standard ones like Strawdogs and Nobody's Heroes.
As usual, they saved the best til last, and that meant Tin Soldiers, Alternative Ulster and Suspect Device, with the mosh up front at its climax, fists in the air for the chanting of "Sus-Sus-Sus-Sus-Sus-Sus-Sus-Suspect Device!".
All in all, a good night out, warming us up for the visit of the REAL Stiff Little Fingers at Newcastle Carling Academy next Sunday. As you can guess, I will be reviewing that one, too.
Reviewed by Wolverhampton Ex-Punk
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS - Newcastle Carling Academy (16/3/08)
As the name suggest, Stiff Little Fingers are a Rigid Digits tribute band. Newcastle is one of the lynchpins in Stiff Little Fingers' yearly St Patrick's tour. A packed house of serving and retired Punks, skins and Toon Army lads gave the Carling Academy an electric atmosphere. The signature tune of tribal Celtic drumming started up, and the crowd immediately started jumping, building the atmosphere to a climax. Fingers appeared on stage, original bassist, Ali McMordie clad in enough black to pass for a member of Crass, were it not for the SLF logos on his shirt.
A quick word with the crowd, and they kicked off with Roots Radicals. Jake Burns remarked on how nice it was to be back in Newcastle. He took the piss out of George Bush (both of them), as well as Margaret Thatcher. A few songs later, and it was time for Strummerville, as you can see here: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=dwbCfm_ZIBU
After a few more slower ones, including the old Specials cover, Doesn't Make It All Right, things really got going with At The Edge, everybody singing along, and Listen, with plenty of chanting from the sell out crowd. Some more anthems included Barbed Wire Love and Wasted Life, with the audience chanting "I could be a soldier, go out there and fight to save his land."
The last but one was Tin Soldiers. Jake Burns thanked the crowd, and introduced the band members, before the last number of the main set, Suspect Device, with everybody going mad, from front to back. There were Rigid Digits members in the audience, and if they are reading this, they ought to fear Stiff Little Fingers stealing their jobs.
They came back to the stage to do Johnny Was, with the military drum beat
making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, the crowd clapping along.
The final encore of the night was Alternative Ulster. Of course, everyone was
screaming for more. We wanted Nobody's Heroes and Gotta Get Away, but we never
got 'em. Thanks to JACKIENORM for the link. That's all for now. Have fun and
Reviewed by Wolverhampton Ex-Punk
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS - Southampton, Brook (10/3/08)
The day Jake Burns came to tea, well almost... !!!!
DISCHARGE - Dundee (22/3/8)
Well yet again discharge never played here before it s a great venue its an snooker hall come bar , great for a gig, i can tell you , we have a band on with them called wasted youth i think , they were dam fine i can tell you , they do a cover version of the varukers how do you sleep !! and rat gets up and sigs to it so we get tonight varukers as well as discharge bloody great band , they do a version of left me for dead by english dogs to , well good !! loved that band , and the naplam daeth band turns up again !! good as i said @ what they did , as again discharge take the stage and blow the roof off with cctv, decontol , state violence, never again , played at hyper fast , bloody great , lots of gals danceing nice to see that , brill night ..
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Down the streets of Argentina
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Reviewed by Roman C.K
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