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Organised The Bunker Group 35, a series of events this September will offer a retrospective appreciation of the celebrated Sunderland venue that first played hosted to numerous anarcho-punk gigs in the early 1980s.

No Glue. No Glass Bottles - poster for 2017 retrospective exhibtion
 

No Glue. No Glass Bottles

An exhibition celebrating 35 years of The Bunker
08 September 2017, 19:00-22:00
Pop Recs
27 Stockton Road, Sunderland SR2 7AQ
Facebook event

Opening event to celebrate 35 years since The Bunker Collectives first gig at Green Terrace. Photo / poster exhibition, Reprodutions of original Posters. Showing of the Bunker Video, BBC Sparks documentary and the Tyne Tees television footage. Live music

 

 

Anti-System // Andy T Band // Prolefeed

Celebrating 35 years of The Bunker Collective
09 September 2017, 19:00-22:00
£3.00 on the door
27 Stockton Road, Sunderland SR2 7AQ
Pop Recs @ The Bunker, Sunderland SR2 7AQ
Facebook event

 
Posters from gigs at The Bunker

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Carol Hodge (Slice of Life, Steve Ignorant’s “The Last Supper”) has established a new independent record label Chopback with Simon Wells, founder member and original guitarist with London punksters Snuff. “Our first release, which came out on vinyl and CD on 1 July 2017, and is a solo album by Simon, entitled Crime of the Scene,” explains Hodge. “I play piano and sing backing vocals on it, and am very proud of what we’ve achieved. It’s a huge departure from Simon’s punk past and has so far been compared to Van Morrison, Billy Bragg and Neil Young,” she reveals. “But don’t let that put you off.”

“Snuff started when I was 18, we were part of a scene,” says Wells. “Thrash punk was something that was happening and we became part of that but put our own mark on it, and didn’t sound like any other bands around at the time. I’m now much older, I’ve done many different types of music. This album I’ve purely enjoyed and indulged myself and played around with songwriting and enjoyed the sounds,” he continues. “I wasn’t really writing it for anyone else, I was doing it for me. I wanted to make an album that sounded more mellow. I feel like I’ve achieved that.”

“The most influential musician on the album is Carol Hodge whose style of piano gave so much to the songs that it influenced the way they were presented,” Wells adds. “Duncan Thompson is a friend I’ve known since he was 16. He was the drummer in Southport for some time, is a great musician and influence on me musically. He played drums and some bass on the album. Viola was played by Anita Bushell, who stepped in after a series of string player let downs. She did a great job.”

Simon Wells announces new solo album Crime Of The Scene

Crime Of The Scene, the debut solo album from Simon Wells, is ready for release on Hastings based independent label Chopback. Drawing arrangement influences from the likes of James Taylor, Van Morrison and Howlin’ Wolf, Crime Of The Scene is an acoustic album with finely crafted and poignant lyrics. Acoustic guitar, piano, bass, drums and viola are sparsely utilised to support Simon’s gravelly and soulful vocals.

Simon’s musical career spans three decades, starting in the late 1980s as guitarist and songwriter for the seminal London punk band Snuff. After more than a decade of touring the world and selling over half a million records, he moved onto drums in the band Your Mum. The late 90s and early 2000s led to success in the dance music scene, primarily with project Headstone Lane and sessions with MOBO winners 4Hero and Mercury Prize nominated Future Sound Of London. In 2003 he founded mod punk band Southport, releasing albums on Go Kart, Golf Records and Boss Tuneage. The final Southport album Southern Soul was released in 2014, in collaboration with Yo Yo Records and Fixing A Hole.

The rest of 2017 will see a national tour, appearances at Wonkfest (The Dome, London, Saturday 1st July) and Rebellion festival (Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Thursday 3 August, Almost Acoustic stage, 17:10), as well as the release of brand new tracks through the Chopback Patreon campaign, which also provides supporters with discounts on all physical merchandise, plus select free downloads of Simon’s back catalogue.

Simon Wells

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No Defences - Released

THE DEBUT ALBUM by No Defences has secured a belated release on the Demo Tapes label, 32 years after it was first recorded for Crass Records. The twelve-inch vinyl Released LP has been pressed from a ‘cassette copy of a rough mix’ shared with the band before the Crass Records project was abandoned late in 1985.

The record is available for purchase online from Lavidaesunmus, and Rough Trade (in the UK), Faith / Void (Canada), Grave Mistake Records (USA) and other independent retailers.

Recorded in 1985 for Crass Records but never released, Demo Tapes do the decent thing and release this five track lost album by five piece South London band No Defences. The album was recorded at Southern Studios with Pete Wright producing, but it was never completed. This album has been painstakingly put together and remastered from tapes taken from the studio at the time. Their sound was anything but anarcho punk – it had a strong tribal element in the rhythm section, post punk flourishes in the guitar work and lyrics that were poetic, individual and radical. The songs were often long with multiple timing changes but always with an intensity and passion. No Defences played gigs with everyone at the time from Crass to Flux of Pink Indians to Crucifix and toured with Chumbawamba and Reality Control but sounding like none of these bands. No Defences were a special band and after years and years of trying to release this album, Demo Tapes are proud to release Released 32 years after it was recorded. It comes with a full size full colour booklet with photos, lyrics, archive and a full list of every gig No Defences played.

A note from the band in the full-size colour booklet explains:

This recording comes from a cassette recording of a rough mix made during the recording of our album for Crass Records in 1985 (as the original multi-track tapes had been recorded over or lost). At the time we hoped to take it further sonically than what you hear on this record but sadly it was never mixed or finished and No Defences then disbanded at the end of 1985. Huge thanks to Sean for now releasing this. Some of us had lost touch and not spoken for decades and it’s been great to catch up and work together again. Thanks also to Paco [Mus] and to those who lent material for this booklet. No Defences were Dik, Sid, Bev, Iggy, Andy.

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Omega Tribe - AWOD 2017 - Vi Day
Omega Tribe
Rubella Ballet - AWOD 2017 - Vi Day
Rubella Ballet
Lost Cherrees - AWOD 2017 - Vi Day
Lost Cherrees
Hagar the Womb - AWOD 2017 - Vi Day
Hagar the Womb
The Pukes - AWOD 2017 - Vi Day
The Pukes

The Another Winter of Discontent (AWOD) 2017 punk festival, held at The Dome, Tufnell Park London, 16-19 February, came to a memorable and fitting conclusion yesterday with ‘Vi Day’, a memorial for and celebration of the life of Vi Subversa of Poison Girls. Vi’s son Pete Fender, who performed on stage with Hagar the Womb, Lost Cherrees and Omega Tribe posted his appreciation to the organisers and bands who made the event possible.


 
Elsewhere on Facebook: Chris Low has posted some excellent photos of the sets by Dirt and by Rubella Ballet; Omega Tribe has added a gallery of photos from the band’s set.
 

 
Poster for AWOD 2017 - Vi Day

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A new interview with the reformed Omega Tribe has been published in the Bulgarian zine Sofia Rebel Station (13 October 2016), which has been translated into English by DIYConspiracy.net.
 
Omega Tribe - Angry Songs - sleeve

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In a feature in The Guardian‘s music section, published earlier this month (4 November 2016), Steve Von Till of the Oakland metal band Neurosis select tracks from the 1980s British anarcho-punk scene and concludes that: ‘Crass were the mother of all bands’.

Von Till selects Discharge (Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing); Subhumans (From the Cradle to the Grave); Rudimentary Peni (When You Are a Martian Church); Crass (Mother Earth) and Chumbawamba (Stagnation/Liberation).
 
Neurosis - Crass were the mother of all punk bands - The Guardian

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A group of film students at Falmouth University are looking to crowdsource the funding for a documentary exploring the history and legacy of “anarcho-punk within the southwest of England” and, specifically, the work of The Mob.

It depends on how much you know, but it is quite fair to say, that although the anarcho punk scene was not the most commercially pleasing, it definitely meant most “business” of anyone of its counterpart punk waves! The standard conversation is about bands like Crass, Conflict, Poison Girls, Rubella Ballet, Flux of Pink Indians, Rudimentary Peni, Dirt, Omega Tribe! (this is not only a quick grouping, but a loose one) but what I want to consider is the idea of anarcho-punk within the southwest of England!! How the politics of rural England perhaps influenced young minds differently to the urban perspective.

The other aim is to explore the idea of youth politics, how have the old school bands kept to or or changed their politics! And how does it influence their lives three decades on.

We have been in talks with Mark Wilson of The Mob and members of Virus! More TBC

You can find out more and leave a donation, or fund a reward, on the Old Life, Our World Crowdfunder site. The pitch stays open until the morning of 20 December 2016, when all pledges will be taken to fund the project.
 

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