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Month: October 06
ALLEGED BRICKS - Place Your Blame (Street Anthem Records)website
Forming in 2000 and featuring ex members of Scream and Rodent, Alleged Bricks play gruff sounding hardcore in a similar style to Agnostic Front. This c.d. has some great sing a long hardcore songs with standout tracks being ‘Dig You Grave’ and ‘Backpack’ which shares my view on Emo and contains the lyrics ‘ Black painted nails on pseudo intellectuals. who play fake hardcore for metrosexuals. tight jeans and Beatles haircuts, all you assholes fucking suck’ This is angry fuelled hardcore at it’s brutal best and well worth checking out. For more details go to www.allegedbricks.com or www.myspace.com/allegedbricks
AUTOMATICS - Brittania (Dork Records)website
Now if this is the same band I think they were around in 1977 and had an album recorded which was never released until a few years back, if not ignore the last comments. According to the words in the cover ‘this is a collection of songs that are an attempt to sift through conflicting emotions that I have about my native country’ written by an ex pat living in L.A. but who was brought up in Africa and the Far East educated in England. All the tracks have references to Britain/England in the title and according to Dave Philp- the man responsible for the majority of this album- it’s is own version of a National Anthem. I say the majority of the album as Mike Rossi co wrote one song and Steve Jones plays guitar on 1 track. So in goes the c.d and it’s kicks off with a brass band which then descends into an almost folk style tune akin to the Levellers which is definitely good enough to be a chart hit if given a push in the right direction. The rest of the album is melodic 77 style sing a long pop with punk overtones and after a few plays you will probably find yourself singing along to most of the songs. An album I thought I probably wouldn’t like but it took me by surprise and if you like the Levellers or maybe Squeeze it will probably get you as well. All in all an excellent c.d for more details go to www.theautomatics.com
BLACK RADIO - No Frills, No Skills, Stripped Down Faster Than Your V8 (from the band)
This cd is promotional only, but the title does what it says on the tin – you get what you read. Very much my cup of tea – in your face hardcore punk. Short but brief and straight to the point / fast as fuck just a pity there is only 4 tracks but what the fuck Black Radio do it for me. I can’t really say much about Black Radio cos’ I have not heard of them before. Stripped down diy punk – excellent. The only knock back from me is there are not enough tracks – c’mon get your punk asses doing more stuff. A punk band for the future and they will hopefully give al the poppy punk and emo shit a run for the money. Excellent.
BOILER - Nem Birunk Mar Magunkkal (?)website
If you can understand the title of this album you are either Hungarian or have an interest in foreign languages, unless you’re Hungarian then it will be my typing that’s in a foreign tongue. According to the short press release with this the band are the best Hungarian streetrock band and have played with band ssuch as Agnostic Front, Exploited and Klasse Kriminal. The band describe their sound as a mix of early Oi and Motorhead style rock n roll but they also have keyboards thrown in that add a strange ska/Chas N Dave sound. The first two tracks remind me of the Angelic Upstarts, track one ‘Police Oppression’ track 2 ‘Women in Disguise’ but the third is a full on thrash assault. Track four is sort of thrash rock n roll and the last song sees the band back to the Upstarts style but with a sing a long chorus. My Hungarian isn’t what it used to be so I can’t tell you what the songs are about but I don’t think the band are singing about peace and love. I’ve heard better, I’ve heard worse but for me the fast as hell 3rd track is the best out of the bunch. For more details go to http://boiler.skinhead.hu or www.myspace.com/szarzeneboiler
BREAKNECK - And There Was Another Illusion (From the band)website
No no no no no no no no no no no no no no NO!!!! This is so wrong on so many levels, from the Iron Maiden/Thin Lizzy style guitar harmonies to the NICE vocals and the ‘clever’ drumming, the list could go on. This band could play most bands I’ve seen or heard (bearing in mind I’ve seen over 3,000 bands live) well under the table, the musicianship is some of the best I have ever heard the problem is the band don’t have any songs. What I mean by this is that the band bombard you with so many different things going on at once that you end up with instantly forgettable noodling. I listened to this c.d. on repeat about 6 times and I still couldn’t tell you any of the words, even though they are as clear as a bell. Far too much going on for me but to say they can play is a bit of an understatement, give me the Ramones any day. Go to www.myspace.com/breackneckpunk to see what I’m waffling on about.
BULLET KINGS - Porno Pig (From the band)website
So I get up on Saturday morning and there’s a little package on the floor addressed to yours truly, I think ‘not another wad of cash from my Swiss bank account (I wish!!)’ no it’s another cd from Mr C.J. Arnfield, who is probably familiar to some of you as the guitarist in A.F.S. and Churchill. How many bloody bands can one man be in? He‘s already in the 2 I just mentioned as well as Worm so he must more time on his hands than anything else and after a quick skeg ont’ net Wilf from Churchill is the bassist. Anyway enough of my hungover warblings you want to know what it sounds like, well it’s good old fashioned punk rock, nothing flash or fancy just good angry punk rock with some clever guitar work, I’m not gonna bore you with the technicalities of it but the sliding guitar in the 1st song is a very, very clever way to put a hook into a song. For more details go to www.myspace.com/thebulletkings
CORPS - Itchin' For Evil (From the band)email
7 tracks of gruff vocal style streetpunk which at times reminded me of Anti Seen. Along with the 5 of their own songs you get covers of Johnny Cash’s ‘Don’t Take You’re Guns To Town’ and Peter and The Test Tube Babies ‘Nutter’. Overall the band have a good sound apart from the guitar solos, they have a very thin weedy sound to them and if anything detract from the songs rather than enhancing them. No web details so if you want more details email firstname.lastname@example.org
D.R.I - Dirty Rotten L.p. (on Cd) (Beer City)website
D.R.I’s 1st album as it appeared on vinyl, no re-mastering or mixing just the original as it appeared in 1983 with the original track order. This was released before but was remixed and the song order was altered but seeing as so many people asked for the real thing Beer City have put out just that. The original artwork is included, although the back cover is slightly different, and the lyrics have been retyped so you can read them. To say this album is groundbreaking is a bit of an understatement, in 1983 there was no band around like D.R.I. they played very fast, loud, snotty thrash punk songs the like of which hadn’t been seen before. The 23 songs on this c.d have a running time of 1 second over 18 minutes, now that’s fast, and the intesity of the songs is still there over 20 years on and the lyrics to ‘Closet Punk’ are probably more relevant today than they have ever been. This is a band who would play 40 or more songs in a 30 minute live set, brilliant in their own special way and an essential purchase for anyone who is into early 80’s U.S. thrash punk. Don’t take my word for it just get out there and buy this NOW it could be the best 18 minutes 1 second you ever have. For more details go to www.dri1.com or www.beercity.com
DEADLINE - Hanging On The Telephone (People Like You)
What can we say, it’s all been said before – well that’s my view. Touring constantly, pulling in the punters, Deadline always make time to come and see us in Leeds. Same old faces, time after time and still so refreshing gig after gig. Always the whole band are up for it, and they are great value for money and produced good albums. For such a tiny and petite young lady, Liz throws out the punches. She has a very special front’s person manner for this exceptional band. How such a small framed lady can throw out such fab vocals, so powerful to make you take note. Liz does have a great body with fab tats and she does turn heads. well the single sounds excellent. What a fab cover to do. Hanging On the Telephone by Blondie in the 80’s was a classic; well this is just the same classic. Makes you sing-along proud as punch. 2 other tracks are also good and there is the bonus video with a classing thumping tune called Long Way Home. Deadline are a top street punk band who rub shoulders with the best past and present. If you are new to Deadline give ‘em a changed, you will not be at all disappointed. And get off your arse and see em’ yourself. See you in Leeds / Sheffield / Morecambe / Blackpool soon. Excellent.
DEFIANCE,OHIO - The Great Depression (NO IDEA)website
Well where to start, this is a 13 track cd lasting just under half an hour. It hits you from the start of the first track, this is Cumbawamba style played in an Irish way. It's kinda slow Pogues/Dropkicks but with the song content and arrangement which makes it very reminicent of Chumba. It's a combination I've not come across before but boy does it work!! You also get a fold out sheet inside with all the words done in the Crass style. All in all well worth checking out.
DIABOLLOCKS - Self Titled E.p. (From the band)website
Crap name, bog standard punk with New York Dolls style vocals on 1 track other than that I can’t tell you owt. Nothing out of the ordinary and it won’t change the world. Go to www.diabollocks.com for more info.
DIE HUNNS - You Rot Me (People Like You Records)website
Bit of a weird one this c.d. I wasn’t expecting an album of Iggy Pop meets Tom Waits style ramblings. U.S. Bombs leader Duane Peters has a similar growl to Mr. Waits but then it takes a bit of a lighter tone when Corey Parks-former Nashville Pussy bassist- takes over on the vocal duties. The tunes also reminded me of Rocket From The Crypt without the brass section but to be brutally honest it wasn’t really my thing. For more detils go to www.myspace.com/diehunns
DUN 2 DEF - Every Weekend (Lick My Records)website email
10 track album from a band I know nothing about other than they are from somewhere in the U.K. and have 2 singers. The bands’ sound reminds me of the U.K. Subs for some reason or another, especially the slower songs, but the bands faster stuff is a lot faster than the Subs play. This is good old fashioned punk rock, not thrash, not metal, definitely not emo, nothing more nothing less and that is a plus as it is. Couple this with a band that can play and have some great tunes and you have a pretty good band that is well worth checking out. For more details go to www.myspace.com/dun2def or email email@example.com
FIFTH HOUR HERO - Not Revenge.....just A Vicious Crush (No Idea Records)website
Quebec band Fifth Hour Hero have been around in various guises since 1997 but this is my first hearing of the band and for some reason I found myself liking their brand of power pop/ punk. Coming across as a mixture of Leatherface, albeit without the gravel, and Foo Fighters style power pop/harmonies with a touch of Bad Religion’s tunes. The twin female/male vocals work very, very well and add a touch of originality which is always good to see. Not a band I thought I would have liked after reading the press release/cd cover but there is definitely something instantly likeable about this lot. For more details go to www.fifthhourhero.com
FLOGGING MOLLY - Whiskey On A Sunday (Side ONe Dummy Records)website
Another cd/dvd package that features 5 live fan favourite songs, 4 acoustic tracks, a new studio recording and a 106 minute documentary with extras. The live tracks are up tempo full on Irish party songs whereas the acoustic stuff slows it down a bit, the is Flogging Molly so you know what you’re gonna get. The dvd was shot over a 2 year period across 7 countries and follows the band from playing in small bars to the success they have now achieved and includes footage of the band in the studio, on tour, at home and at their sold out homecoming show in L.A. If you’re a newcomer to this band this is an excellent starting point to introduce you to the bands’ hi octane Irish folk punk stylings. For more info go to www.floggingmolly.com
GBH - Punk Junkies (SOS Records)
GBH have been around for years, just like me. Well that’s how I feel sometimes, but GBH are like breathing. As a young man I stood outside Dingwalls in Sheffield queuing to get in, shitting my pants eager to see what everyone was talking about. These punks from Birmingham called GBH seem to have a big following outside never mind inside. I stood waiting and waiting and a 15 year old man is very nervous. Then this big mowhalk said got a smoke, I replied sorry I don’t smoke in a high pitched voice, he asked ‘seen ‘em before’ and I answered no – fucking brill they are. This eased my dreading thought and started my love affair with GBH. The gig was amazing, just like they are still are. I love to get up, but being a wee lad, get the shit kicked out of me soon numb but I don’t mind at all. Over the years I followed GBH on Attack By Rats tour and so on. The years passed by the albums flowed as much as the JD & coke and GBH have produced some excellent stuff and yes I am a sick boy, but this cd is one of my favs. The Exploited & Broken bones did the punk / metal cross over well, but I hate to say that GBH failed in my eyes. It’s still a good cd and being a big fan you forgive and forget as all these years I think you are allowed one slightly off target cd. GBH still light my fuse. I will be at the front again getting the shit kicked out of me at Blackpool but that’s punk. Carry on GBH, although it’s not a new cd.
HATEFUL - Diamond Among The Coal (Rebellion Records Holland)website
12 track c.d. from this Scottish band which kicks off with a song that has a chorus that took me ages to think where I’d heard it before, it’s the same as Do Re Me So Far So God by Carter USM. Anyway that aside the band play tuneful old school style punk rock with a few more up tempo songs thrown in for good measure, with a vocal style that for some reason reminds me of Rick from the Negatives. Along with 10 tracks of their own the band have put music to ‘Twat’ originally a poem by John Cooper Clarke and what I think is a Gallagher and Lyle cover. This a great c.d. and if you like your stuff tuneful with good lyrics you could do a lot worse then getting hold of this. For more info go to www.hateful.fsnet.co.uk
JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS - Sinner (BLACKHEART RECORDS)website
The info which comes from this says that this album is a thrilling restatement of her original punk roots. Well you get 14 tracks (51 mins +) plus bonus enhanced footage. Whilst I wouldn't disagree that the tracks (sometimes musically and vocally) are basically punk orientated most of the music is a little bit too smooth/pop punky/easy listening punk (is there such a thing??). But I'm sure that this will be well received by her army of fans out there, and whilst there's nothing wrong with it, I find it lacks that edge (possibly not live) that I would expect from a cd submitted to a punk website.
JUNIOR VARSITY - The Great Compromise (Victory Records)website
Formed in Illinois in 2002 the Junior Varsity play ‘prog tinged pop rock’ according to the press bumf, well to me it’s more like emo without the shouting. Anyway gripes apart for fans of this band you get a lot for your money, 11 tracks make up the album proper, 8 bonus songs plus a dvd which has live tracks and some extras on it. Not something I would ever buy so I’m probably not the best person to review this. Go to www.thejuniorvarsity.com for more details about the band.
KRUM BUMS - The Sound (Punx Rules Records)website
Welcome to the world of the Krum Bums which is a world populated by people who ruin lives, politicians who pump people full of lies, people trying to stand up for themselves, people who are killing other people because of misinterpretation, the real world we are all living in today. Krum Bums come from Texas and sound pretty pissed off with the world today and the 12 tracks on here let you know exactly how they feel. This is one of the best punk albums I’ve heard in a long time, fast, loud, abrasive and with something to say, but without the message being preached or rammed down your throat. If you want a different view from the cosy world people pretend to live in I’d get hold of this to jar you back into reality. For more details go to www.krumbums.com
LITTERBUG - Speaking Through The Gaps (JSNTGM Records)website
This is a debut cd of 7 tracks lasting just over 22 minutes from this Blackpool band. The info which comes with it says "combining unusual yet harmonious vocal lines and dischordant guitars..." and this just about sums up the whole cd. Back in the early 80's this would have been classed under the indie/alternative kind of banner. All the tracks were first takes recorded in Berlin with a minimum afterwork to ensure that the raw feel of the songs didn't get lost.Anyway you can check out their website for more info.
MONSTER SQUAD/ OBTRUSIVE SPLIT C.D. - Kill The Silence (Bad Man RecordsT.S.O.R. Records)website
7 track split cd from two band I know very little about with each band alternating between the tracks. First up are Monster Squad, who I think are from California, and they give us a great sing a long streetpunk song with ‘All Out of Control’ which has nods towards The Casualties et al before Obtrusive burst on with a fast hardcore song. Not too sure about Obtrusive but I think they may be from Germany judging by the .de web address. Monster Squads 2nd song is a very fast punk song a bit like a rougher sounding G.B.H which is mirrored by Obtrusives’ 2nd offering. As split cd’s go this is pretty damn good as both bands play a similar style of music but each has it’s own feel and the bands complement each other rather than one being better than the other. 2 good bands on 1 cd my only qualm is that it’s too short and I can’t wait to hear more from both bands. For more info go to www.monstersquadpunks.net www.obtrusive-punx.de or either band myspace sites www.myspace.com/monstersquadpunks and www.myspace.com/obtrusive respectively
NO THRILLS - Off The Rails (From the band)website email
Not heard of this lot before but judging by the fact 3 of the 10 songs on here were recorded in 1998 the band have been around for a while. The band play good sounding punk rock which at times reminds me of One Way System (the faster songs) and Resistance 77 on the mid paced stuff. I particularly liked ‘Fake I.D’ a song about the fact that punk styles have now been picked up by the high street trendy shops and now every other bloke has a small mohawk in the middle of his head-even though they wouldn’t know what punk was if it hit them in the face. If you want tuneful no nonsense punk you could do a lot worse than picking this up. For more details go to www.no-thrills.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
OUTBREAK - Failure (Bridge Nine Records)website
Hailing from Maine, Outbreak’s debut album- ‘Failure’ clocks in an impressive 16 tracks in a little over 20 minutes. No Emo whining on here just full on fast as fuck hardcore punk with a genuine pissed off sound. All this from a band who judging by the cover photo are not much over 20. If you like it fast, hard and pissed off this is a must have. For more info go to www.outbreakhc.com
PAMA INTERNATIONAL - The Trojan Sessions (Trojan Records/Sanctuary Records)website
Pama International are the first band Trojan Records have signed for 30 years and on this their 4th c.d. the band have pulled out all the stops to bring out one of the best ska/dub/reggae albums of the last few years. With an all star line up including Lynval Golding and Horace Panter in the band and legendary reggae producer Nick Mannaseh at the helm you get 11 tracks that are a welcome addition to anyone’s Trojan collection. The album also features guest appearances from some very big names in the world of reggae including Dawn Penn, Rico Rodriguez, Dennis Alcapone, Derrick Morgan and Dave and Ansel Collins-who have recorded their first track together since 1969. If you like ska, reggae, rocksteady or dub you would be a fool to pass up this c.d. get out there and buy this NOW!!!! For more details go to www.pamainternational.co.uk
ROGER MIRET AND THE DISASTERS - My Riot (People Like You Records)website
Agnostic Fronts’ Roger Miret 3rd outing with the Disasters gives you 16 tracks of rock n roll sounding streetpunk which has The Clash written all over it. The influence of Joe Strummer et al is evident throughout but that doesn’t mean to say it’s just a rip off, the band still have enough of their own style to make it interesting. Good sing a long anthems come thick and fast and you will be singing these songs for weeks after listening to this. I suppose the nearest thing we have to the band over here in the U.K. is probably Goldblade which can’t be a bad thing. A definite addition to anyone’s collection. For more details go to www.thedisasters.com
RUM RUNNERS - Guns At Cyrano's (Longshot/ Stumble Records)website
12 track full length album from a Canadian band who I reviewed a 7” vinyl single by a while back with one of the tracks from that release being the last one on here. If you haven’t heard of this band they play a mix up of country and western with folk all with a punk attitude, sort of Pogues mixed with Dropkick Murphys with a dash of Nashville thrown in for good measure. The album rattles through it’s 12 tracks at a good pace and other than pausing for a slow almost ballad like song it’s upbeat stuff all the way. I listened to this at work but I reckon it would sound a hell of a lot better after a few beers and in good company, I’d love to see the band live as if they can put across on stage what they have on here they could be almost unstoppable. For more details go to www.rumrunner.cjb.net
STORIES - God Save The Queen/eton Rifles (Heresoneiknockedupinmyshedearlier records ltd)website
2 track cd single from a band who haven’t sent any info about either the band or the cd so I am pretty limited as to what I can tell you about the band. Anyway what you get is 2 covers which should need no introduction and they sound not too far removed from the originals. You know the band that appear at your local pub one Saturday a month well this band could be them and who knows if you are from wherever the band are from they could be. A bit of originality would have been good. No contact details.
UFX - Crack (thundersqueal records)website
This band originally started out as Uncle Fester playing trashy rock and roll and released 3 self financed albums.As the bands sound evolved from it's punk beginings and the cartoon like name of Uncle Fester started to become "something of a millstone" the band decided to rename themselves early in 2006 to coincide with the release of their new album "Crack". This has a punk/rock/metal/motorheadish kind of meld. It's got good tempo and sophisticated guitar work. You may already have seen the band as they played at The West Coast Rock Cafe in Blackpool at the aftershow party at Wasted this year.
UK DEATH CHARGE VS NOCTOPHYLE - On The Streets (Spitting Teeth Records)website
14 track split c.d. from 2 bands I know nothing about. First up are UK Depth Charge who play diy style punk with lyrics similar to 3CR, well I think they do but to be honest the recorded was that quiet I couldn’t really make out what was going on. The band aren’t gonna change the world but it’s still listenable and funny at times. Noctophyle play similar sounding stuff but are a bit heavier and have rougher sounding vocals and for me are the better of the 2 bands. This is no frills diy punk and other than UK Depth Charge being a bit on the quiet side is a pretty good c.d. For more details go to www.myspace.com/ukdeathcharge or www.noctophyle.com
VARIOUS - Warped Tour 2006 Compilation (Side One Dummy)website
2 discs of Emo, Screamo and everything Inbetweeno. Side One Dummy give you 2 discs from the bands that have appeared at this year Warped Tour and you certainly get a lot for your money, 51 tracks in all. As compilations go it has just about enough to keep you interested as along with the likes of Matchbook Romance and Saves The Day you get bands such as No FX, The Casualties and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. A lot of the songs veer into MTV2 territory i.e. a bit pop punk, tattoos and bad haircuts, which for me is a bit of a disappointment, but the kids may get into some different bands if they buy this so it might not all be bad. You pays your money etc etc etc. For more details go to www.sideonedummy.com
VARIOUS - Hometown Pride (Pekka Productions)website
Bit of an odd one this, 16 tracks of punk and hardcore all from Lahti in Finland, all the bands on here are from the same town and it would seem that they have quite a good scene going on up there in the frozen North. 9 bands make up the rosta and 1st up are Morning After, who according to the press release are one of the oldest hardcore bands in Finland, they play extreme metal sounding hardcore complete with gruff vocals, one track is flat out fast their other more like a heavier version of Agnostic Front. Next up are End Begins who carry on in the same vein, brutal fast hardcore and to be honest the differences between the 2 bands isn’t that great. Pekka and the Other Losers are up next who play rock n roll sounding punk sung by a bear, their description not mine!!! the music is alright but I’m not too keen on the vocal style. Viceroy then give you 2 tracks of very fast but harmonic punk which reminded me of a speeded up, heavier version of The Offspring. 7th Legion are next with 2 tracks of Blood for Blood style hardcore, but again a little faster and heavier, this is followed by Pitfiend who play extreme metal a bit like Earth Crisis or later Napalm Death. Camorra’s 2 tracks are slower than most of the bands on here but the style is still full on brutal hardcore but with a bit of metal thrown in. The last 2 tracks are from St. Hood and Flippin’ Beans respectively, St. Hood play double bass drum metal hhardcore whilst the Flippin’ Beans track has a sort of Rancid vs rock n roll feel to it. All in all if you like yer hardcore this could well be for you, if you like things a bit more melodic I’d leave alone. For more info go to www.pekkaproductions.com
ZEEB? - The Battle For Zeeb? (Corndog Records)website
Other than telling you what this band sound like I can’t give you any info on them as my internet connection at work has been removed!!! What I can tell you is this band are a little different to most of the stuff I get to review, it’s not what I’d call punk, it’s not emo, it’s not metal but what it is is pretty damn good. The first of the 5 tracks is a sort of a metal/surf crossover instrumental which works really well. The rest of the c.d. has good tunes which remind me of a less feminine Placebo playing early Nirvana style songs. Excellent production throughout helps everything come out nice and clear and it would appear the band have taken their time to dish out the goods. This won’t appeal to everyone, it’s a long way removed from 3 chord punk, but if you can tear yourself away from the nostalgic ramblings of some punk has been you may even like this, I for one would like to hear more from the band. For more details go to www.zeeb.co.uk or ww.myspace.com/zeeb
D.O.A. - Live at the Assignation Club (Cherry Red Records)
D.O.A. can’t say much about these fella’s from Canada that’s because I knew nothing of them until I reviewed this DVD. They formed around 78 and were involved in the punk movement in the early 80’s. Their break came with their release ‘Disco Sucks’ giving a base board to still travel the world playing shows at punk festivals nearly 30 years on. Successful bands such as Rancid, Green Day openly admit they were influenced by DOA. DOA is very proud to lie what they mean with a DIY ethic and political beliefs. The DVD is set in Leeds in 84, plus some bonus footage. This should be very enjoyable to all hardcore punks which in 84 we were all condemned to the gutter and swept under the carpet. DOA blast thought the set at the Beerkeller, or should I s\ay the infamous Beerkeller. Start to finishes it is hardcore through and through – a most open mouthed gig from these Canadian Punx.
FRANTIC FLINTSTONES - The Frantic Flintstones Story (Cherry Red Records)
Chuck and the Frantic Flintstones have been around since the mid eights belting out some quite extraordinary psychobilly riffs all mixed up pin their own style of mayhem and clouded in sea of haze. Now looking on new ventures across the pond where the FF psycobilliy’s await. This DVD the sorry of… does capture 2 full shows fronted by Chuck who is a legend in himself. There is also a previously unseen documentary footage which is mainly shot by the band themselves. This DVD takes you back in time when Chuck and the FF were new to the game, but don’t let that put you off.. It opens the FF way, Chuck singing from the heart, about nit just his experiences with drugs but also brushes with the law. Over the years some of the best loved anthems have been produced by not just Chuck but the different band members that have come and gone. Loose your self in the FF haze.
GUN CLUB - Live At The Hacienda 1983/84 (Cherry Red Records)
Not one of my favs. I suppose if you were around then Gun Club were a rock band who everyone looked up to. A bit like Nirvana of more recent times. 2 very different shows with different line-ups, both at the Hacienda in Manchester. No thrills, full of aggression, splitting riffs, tribal style rock with punk – very effective. Theirs was a thought out, well documented career. Gun Club and Jeff Lee Pierce would fall over each other in a drunken stupor igniting very good rock / punk. This is a good cd.
LEGEND OF THE KREMAN - Live @ Billys & promos (Cherry Red Records)
Rockabilly band the Kreman do pump it. Slap bass thumping that is my kinda stuff. Early 80’s rockabilly who toured relentlessly around the UK and Europe. The Krewman soon took the realm of packed shows. Over the yeas they put out 7 albums and sold thousands becoming one of the most sought after band. These are excellent promo’s but good old psycho gig at Billy’s stated off with the king of punk Joe Strummer’s ‘Should I stay Or Should I Go’ they should stay! Excellent cover.
WENDY O WILLIAMS - Wendy O Williams Live DVD (Cherry Red Records)
Started way back in the late 70’s, no one could have imaged what road this band could have taken. Very in your face rock n’roll. In the early 80’s my distant memory was that lovely black tape over Wendy’s boobs hiding her nips. On a serious not, the Plasmatics and Wendy O Williams were fruit cakes that at times produced some excellent punk. On stage antics plus outrages visuals and top dress sense spring to mind time after time. Tragically Wendy committed suicide in 1998 after leaving the music industry. She is sadly missed by her fans. The DVD does contain footage to he sell out crowds with legends of metal Lemmy & Wurzel. Never would a band get away with a career like this nowadays. A must for Wendy O Williams fans, but leave this DVD alone of you are not familiar.
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BARNYARD MASTERBATER,THE BUCK BROS,THE NAGS THE VARUKERS - Leicester, Attik (13/10/06)
Well friends back on the punk rock trail and tonight i am at the attick i love this place well small so you only have to get 20 people in and your packed !! Ok loads of people out tonight to catch up with , daz from the nags old discharge fan like me , a plug for the fans of discharge there as they are playing lecister on the 11th of november first time in 20 odd years can not wait ok masterbater are up next , with there own brand of punk rock a short set as the time is running late tonight , but good soild punk rock here !! Ok the buck bros never heard of them before but i liked em very much like uk subs i thought , with there own songs really enjoyed them , and they bought some of there own fans with them to , ok the nags are up next they are a local band , but i really like this band they seem to get better and better, very expoilted me thinks mixed with discharge and gbh , and gism jap hard care , a cracking tight as fuck set as usal from these guys well times running and there is anothere band spitroast but i miss them , and the varukers i seem most of , how do you sleep ,die for your goverment,the usal set but i must admit this band do get better , a really enjoyable night , and see you lot here i this town for discharge next and up ythe punx
OSAKA POPSTAR - Edinburgh ()
I was really excited as I knew Osaka Popstar were going to be special guests
on the UK tour of the Misfits. I knew I would go and see them.
BROKEN BONES - Stoke, Glebe (29/09/06)
Well back in stoke tonight for dem bones live, well looking forward to this gig as it,s allways
good to see them on home land, well we got two surpports tonight from bastards
trained by bastards plus d.b.d, two rocking bands i can tell you , well bastards have not
plyed for a bit so it was good to se them again and they were better than the last time i
seen them , and thats good , a mix of anti-sect, ambix style here and pat the bass player
looks the baron anyways , a brill set by these guys nice and grindy, ok up next d.b.d,s
from warrington, a mix of a tpye of a rancid on speed cool band did not know the songs
but good , ok the bones are next good to see them playing again , as they had a break for
a while as paul & bones as you all know play with other bands, ok we get one action
packed set to night ,decapitated,civil war,weath rules,stand up,fuck off & die, etc ,etc, all
good and the kids justed lapped it up loads of slamming, a mass of destruction death and
destruction, one brill night , by one brill band , up the bones!!!
MISFITS - Manchester, Academy (30/09/06)
Well i get in just as crashed out are fininshing as its a shame as they are a well good band
a like like the upstarts , well chris does now sing for them anyways so it has an upstart
feel to the band and the drummer plays in them to , only seen the last song this is our
music!! Cracking stuff it one of them gigz to night were there are lots of securtiy i dislike
them shows as they can get a bit nasty , as i seen later on inthe night pushing people from
the stage keeping them away , no need for it ,its a punk gig it happends oh well, just for
this night i can put up with it !! ok goldblade up next i am not really a fan of this band ,
but a lot of people like them , thats fine by be , they put on a good show , but not really
my cup of poison, ok the misfits up next with mr jerry only, and a bit later on marky
ramone drumming with oaska pop stars , after the misfits gig , speacial after show good
set a bit poppy , but good to see marky great guy , ok misfits do all the classics, dig up
her bones, we are 138,american nightmare,etc,etc, a well good show, i really enjoyed it
,and jerry shook hands and thanked every body for turning up a well good night!!!
BABYSHAMBLES - Southampton, Guildhall (03/10/06)
I was looking forward to seeing the Babyshambles after all the hype and paper
talk about Pete Doherty... and plus I never did catch the Libertines when they
supported the Pistols in 1996.
THE BOYS - London, Barfly (22nd & 23rd September)
They travelled from all over the world to London. Like the line from the film,
Field Of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come”, the nations of
the earth descended upon the Barfly in Camden. Young, old, black, white and everything
in-between, to the capital they marched. Pick a country and they were there – Argentina,
Spain, Australia, Germany, Sweden, USA, Holland, Canada, Japan – a mini
United Nations in North London. Some might consider it stretching a point to
call it a pilgrimage, but to many people it was exactly that. A legendary, almost
mythical band of the seventies playing their final gigs in the city of their
birth and the Barfly was to be their very own field of dreams. The calling was
too strong. How could you not go?
THE BOYS - London, Barfly (22/09/06)
As most people know John Peel played the Boys endlessly on his show in 1977..
and yes I listened most nights.. and even have some of the tape recordings from
that time with the Boys featuring on them a lot... As soon as that First Album
came out I was down the record shop with my money in my hand buying it...yes
to me that LP was one of the LP’s of 1977. The Boys have also got so much
Punk history involved with the band, from the London SS to the Ramones.
EATER - London, 100 Club (28/09/06)
Eater are one of my all time favourite bands, and when I saw their one-off gig
at the 100 Club advertised I knew I would have to be there. However, three things
worried me. First there was all this talk of it being a 30th Anniversary of Punk
gig, it would be like The Roxy in 1976 etc. I've been into punk continuously
since 1976 and I have some great memories of the early days. But you can't recreate
it 30 years on and it's pointless to pretend you can. We're not kids any more,
we're all middle aged for one thing! Secondly, only 2 of the original 4 members
would be playing, so it should really have been called Half Eater! Thirdly, the
ticket price of £15 advance or £20 on the door. Looked suspiciously
like a money-grab to me. If they were doing it for the love of the music or just
for a laugh or old time's sake, they could have played the good old Dublin Castle
and charged £6 like everyone else down there. Anyway, I bit the bullet
and coughed up.
CONTEMPT,BASTARDS TRAINED BY BASTARDS - Birmingham, Tavern (7/10/06)
Well back in my home town to night , with a few really good bands , the first band up was i think called hardline , but i think it is wrong but hay its punk rock , a well hard spikey band with hard tunes very good !! A good band to get the kids pogoing to and up are the bastards from stoke , steve being an old buddie of mine ,a brand of anti-sect meets amebix , well hard ,a monolith of a band i can tell you , loads more gigz coming up !! Next stoke with witch hunt from the usa on the 21st of october at the glebe be there !! It will be a crust of a night !! Ok up last tonight are contempt who i saw last night in derby, a really good gig to night loads of old faces again to-night in brum , tom & dek drongo !! As ever like me totally surpport there local scene you gotta , ok contempt get the kids poging like mad again to-night , they have a new lp /cd coming out soon so get it !!!
ANWL - Pig Iron Tour (October 06)
Having been with the lads earlier, I returned for the Bradford, Manchester & Newcastle gigs. After an aborted take off at Dublin airport on the runway, a later than expected arrival at Bradford and a taxi driver who hadn't got a clue where he was going and wanted to charge me £26 for the privilege, I knew this wasn't going to be a smooth weekend. I refused to pay and he called the cops, I showed the cops the address I had given him for the Market Tavern and explained that he had tried to drop me off twice at wrong locations before I got the fuck out of his cab and then refused to pay. After a lot of arguing and persuassion from PC plod, he took £17, they owed me that favour after doing my knee in Blackpool.
ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE - Bradford, Market Tavern (10/10/06)
Originally billed as appearing at Rio's, I was walking around the city centre,
trying to find the place, and by chance, I came across the manager of the Market
Tavern, who told me the venue had been switched, and pointed me in the right
direction. Support band were Guns On The Roof, who are a young band, and have
been making waves in the Punk scene over the past year or so. They got a pretty
good reaction from the crowd.
ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE - Newcastle, Trillians (12/10/06)
A year ago, the League played to a packed house of sweating, raucous fans. This
year was no different, as pretty much the same people crammed into Trillians
for a repeat performance of last year's experience. When I reviewed last year's
gig here, I mentioned they would played here, again. I'm only surprised it took
GBH + PAIN + NEW WAVE - Derby, Victoria (21/10/2006)
Well fellow punk rocks back at the vic tonight for a blinder of a gig first up is a band I
never seen before new wave a very 77 style punk band but good at what they did and
there a few heads bobbing t tem to the place is filling up nicely and there are still two
more bands to go!! Get me self another beer and then the pain take the stage from whales
I never seen them before so I was well impressed I can tell you, a very different band a
bit slow a few people mat say but a good band !! I never seen them before but they have
been around for some years!! ok gbh are up next and we have Karl Morris now and
Mickey Coyle on bass two people that fit well in to jocks & Ross’s shoes me thinks , I
really enjoyed them as I think they added a new fresh approach to the band !! We get all
the old faves ha, ha, freak, diplomatic, give me fire, city baby, etc, etc and all played
really well and a few jokes thrown in my Mr. Abram hall, as well a really good night lots
old faces and classic songs by a classic band !! see you lot really soon..down the front!!
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS - Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms (23/10/2006)
This was the first time that I've seen SLF for two years, and what a treat it was. I first saw them back in 1978 or 79, and wasn't it good to see Ali McMordie back with them again... he certainly injected something back to SLF.
BOYS + MYBE - Camden Barfly (22/09/2006)
We love those old punk rockers, in their various shapes and (usually expanding around the waistline) sizes. They entertain us with the hits of yesteryear, which is good fun, and some of them even refuse to knock the idea on the head that they’re actually still capable of writing excellent new material. See the Buzzcocks Flat Pack Philosophy and the Damned's Grave Disorder. And there are others (mentioning no names) who would be better suited to the chicken in a basket circuit or tending their privet hedges - occasionally swapping the odd sordid story about illicit partying to next door neighbours who, doubtless, will in return offer them a look at their stamp collection.
So you have to be dubious, but you shouldn’t be cynical. And one of the good things about some of the old stagers getting together is allowing fans who missed out to catch up on what they’ve missed. I never got to see the Boys in their prime, and as a band whose records I’ve firmly enjoyed and feel have been much under-reckoned with down the years, catching them at the Barfly in September seemed an absolute gimme. I obviously wasn’t alone in my thinking. There were fans of the band there from across the globe. Some had flown in from Argentina. And I met one nice couple who’d come over from Spain. They didn’t have tickets – but they did want to see the Boys if they possibly could. So well done to support act Mybe for generously donating their guest passes to help them out.
The Barfly was packed. This was, after all, the first (and last) Boys appearance in London in 25 years. The line-up was of all originals aside from Die Toten Hosen drummer Vom, stepping in for Jack Black (who nevertheless was in the audience to wish them well). There were clearly nerves, but these were quickly discarded as the upstairs room (it really is more akin to a lounge rather than a ‘venue’) started to bounce in enthusiastic rapport. There was a mass stirring of that engaging but faintly hysterical way that the middle aged punk fan moves from the pogo to the sway as inebriation and lack of conditioning take hold.
Duncan Kid Reid led from the front. Imagine Billy Idol if he had a clue. He certainly had the shapes. John Plain maintained a studiously cool posture while Matt Dangerfield’s initially nervous smile grew broader by the minute. And there was dear old Cass Steel presiding over the keyboards to stage right, a living legend - in my record collection at least.
They started with ‘T.C.P’ but all the band’s greatest moments were unearthed, with the possible exception of ‘Sabre Dance’, one of my all time favourite punk covers. They even managed the harmonies on ‘Terminal Love’, which probably takes some doing at their age. The biggest cheers, though, were reserved for ‘Brickfield Nights’ and ‘First Time’. All terrifically good too, a perfect rush of pop and melody. Which was always what the Boys were about.
A fantastic evening, and hugely enjoyed by the audience (several of whom were rhapsodic post-show). I could go on (I usually do) but let’s just say, sate your envy if you weren’t there by picking up the deluxe re-release of the Boys debut album now available through Captain Oi! It would be hard to make a pig’s ear out of such a purse, but it’s nice to see a bit of love and affection spent on an album that is still, and always will be, one of the very, very finest of 1977. Which was a vintage year after all.
Reviewed by Alex Ogg
TWISTED ANGELS - Blackpool, The Star (7/8/2005)
Hailing from the self governing Island Of Man in The Irish Sea, all girl band Twisted Angels are 17-18 yrs of age, Steph Motley, Andrea Fox, Laura Moore, and Ami Fargher.
Making what is their largest UK tour to date, including The Attica in London, and in promotion of their newly released album 'Alter Ego'
Playing punk pop/rock they have developed their sound since forming in 2002.
On their perfomance at The Star, Blackpool, here was a credible, almost soulful, deeper sounding punkette musical blast.
However, to do this they will need to give out a wake up call, with more energy, a stronger focal point, and much more confidence.
The crowd was small, but it was not a traditional locals venue, and they were an unknown commodity, but surely everyone deserves the full monty.
Twisted Angels will be recording a video from a live gig on Saturday, 20th August.
Reviewed by Stuart Logan
FLAMINGO 50 - St Annes, The Crescent (14/11/2005)
Making their third appearance in this area, and promoting their latest album 'Tear It Up', Flamingo 50, a 3 piece punk pop rock band from Liverpool stormed into their songs with furious velocity.
Reviewed by Stuart Logan
COMBAT SHOCK,FIGHT BACK,ANNOYED,CONTEMPT - Derby, Victoria (6/10/06)
Ok fellow punk rockers , back at the vic tonight to see some old buddies of mine combat shock !! Being as its gonna be there last gig now !!! What a shame i hear you all say !!!Ok first up is a back called fight back !! And what a killer band yes they do ,do expoilted covers troops of tomorrow , dead cities, but they have there own trax ‘’black slags & clever bollox’’ ripper stuff i can tell you , a total chaotic set lots of punching the air with anger !! Cool band , ok annoyed are up next from huddersflied so i was told i think i caught them on a bad day , they had it there to be good , but tonight the lead siger is a pissed as a rat !! And well it spoils the whole set !! Never mind lads there is allways more gigs coming up !! Ok the place is filling up nicley and contempt are up next , and they play one of the best sets i seen them play for ages well good, no i.d. cards, 12 years on, etc , a really good night down the vic tonight and combat shock are up next with there own brand of punk rock !! I know sonny the drummer very well !! And check out his new band constant state of terror !! Well icons of flithy !! Ok we get all there classic tunes here plus some very old stuff not being heard for ages !! And the kids just kept lapping it up me to !!! A really good night in derby tonight as ever !!!.
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