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Slice of Life - The Cravats - Rubella Ballet - 100 Club, London, 15 December 2018 - Slice of Life poster

Slice of Life, The Cravats, Rubella Ballet
The 100 Club, London
15 December 2018
7.30pm – 11.00pm
Tickets: £15.00 adv.

Crass co-founder and vocalist, Steve Ignorant, brings his new acoustic project, Slice of Life featuring Carol Hodge, Pete Wilson and Pete Rawlinson to the 100 Club for one night only. Crass formed in 1977 and once the band had split Steve worked with Conflict, Current 93, Stratford Mercenaries, Paranoid Visions and Thought Crime. His autobiography “All The Rest Is Propaganda” came out in 2010.

Rubella Ballet are a gothic anarcho-punk band who were formed in 1979 by vocalist Zillah Minx and drummer Sid Ation. Annie Anxiety was their vocalist for a while and ex-members of the Fatal Microbes made up the rest of the group. Rubella Ballet have played alongside Crass, Poison Girls, Faith No More, The Mission, The Damned, Subhumans and more.

Sax-riddled dada punk combo, The Cravats, emerged from Redditch, England in 1977. Signed to Small Wonder Records, they also recorded a series of BBC Radio One John Peel Sessions before splitting in 1982.

Slice of Life - The Cravats - Rubella Ballet - 100 Club, London, 15 December 2018 - Rubella Ballet poster

Slice of Life - The Cravats - Rubella Ballet - 100 Club, London, 15 December 2018 - Facebook poster

Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life – Do They Owe Us A Living? – 100 Club – 12 January 2018

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Available from Bandcamp (vinyl, CD and download) and from Overground Records (CD and vinyl)

Built around the enduring nucleus of Sid Truelove and Zillah Minx, Rubella Ballet formed in 1979 when Crass invited their audience to use their equipment and finish the gig. The newly formed group took to the road with Crass and the Poison Girls and quickly established a unique niche, standing out from the multitudes in black combat wear with their day-glo visual image and a diverse range of material that encompassed elements drawn from across the sonic spectrum.

Having made an initial impact with their groundbreaking Ballet Bag cassette pack in 1981, Rubella Ballet gigged heavily, presenting a celebratory spectacle of ultraviolet defiance that was driven relentlessly onward by Sid’s mighty rhythms and given context by Zillah’s unmatchable siren-song vocals. After their debut, Ballet Dance EP and subsequent 42f single impacted on the Independent Top Ten, the group continued to release new material intermittently across the decade.

The group returned to the studio in 2014, releasing Planet Punk, their first full length album in almost 25 years. A hit with critics and the group’s faithful following, the album drew upon a lifetime’s opposition to oppression and exploitation, emerging as what many cite as the band’s crowning achievement. The album also saw Sid emerge from behind the drumkit to demonstrate his prowess as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and engineer.

Now, four years on, Rubella Ballet have built upon the edifice of resistance defined within the grooves of Planet Punk, recording their latest studio LP, Danger Of Death, which will be available via Overground Records from late Summer 2018. Heralded by the singles compilation, Day Glo Daze, issued on Last Hour Records, Danger Of Death throws the pure light of reason on a modern world torn asunder by forces that seek to control, obfuscate and exploit. A lambent beacon of pure ultraviolet truth, shining vividly against a backdrop of fake news and government lies, Danger Of Death features material that confront today’s issues with honesty and defiance.

Rubella Ballet - Danger of Death

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Zillah Minx, Gaye Black, Ruth Elias - Women in Punk - Punk it Up - Nottingham - 12 August 2017
A GALLERY OF photos from last night’s Women in Punk event (part of the Punk It Up! series), held at the National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham, featuring Celeste Bell, Gaye Black, Zillah Minx and a screening of She’s a Punk Rocker, with Ruth Elias facilitating the conversations.

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Women in Punk - poster - Punk It Up!

Women in Punk

Punk It Up!
Saturday 12 August 2017, 18:00-23:00
The National Videogame Arcade
24-32 Carlton Street

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For the 4th event of the Punk It Up! festival, I am excited to be hosting a fab group of women who made their own inimitable mark on the UK punk scene. This is going to be brilliant!

Running Order for the event:

1. Screening of She’s a Punk Rocker

2. Q&A with director Zillah Minx of Rubella Ballet.

3. Celeste Bell, Poly Styrene’s daughter and musician/vocalist with Tabloid Girls

4. Gaye Black, The Adverts/artist

Ruth Elias, from Hagar the Womb, will facilite the conversations. DJs Coop and Gary from The Xrays and Sonia and Dean – Uncensored! You do not want to miss this!.

PLEASE NOTE: due to change of venue, with smaller capacity, you must book a ticket for this event. Please donate if you can, or book a free ticket.

UPDATE 26 July 2017: All tickets for this event have now SOLD OUT. To join the waiting list for any cancelled or returned tickets, see the Punk It Up! Facebook page.

Women in Punk - Punk It Up!

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Rubella Ballet - Ballet Bag LP - Dark Entries

Dark Entries Records have released a vinyl album version of Rubella Ballet’s 1980 debut cassette release Ballet Bag, which also includes tracks from the band’s two sessions for the John Peel radio show on BBC Radio 1. The Ballet Bag LP can be ordered direct from the US label’s web site (although shipping costs outside the US can amount to more the price of the album itself). Details of any UK distributor will be added here as/if confirmed.

Rubella Ballet are a gothic anarcho-punk band formed in autumn 1979 by former Fatal Microbes Pete Fender (guitar) and Gem Stone (bass) with vocalist Zillah Minx, and Flux of Pink Indians drummer Sid Ation. Sid and Zillah were living with the Poison Girls at Burleigh House in Epping. Pete and Gem were the son and daughter of Poison Girls singer Vi Subversa. The band used Poison Girls equipment to jam and write songs, and their first performance was when they jumped up on the stage at a Crass concert. Zillah created and designed ultraviolet hand painted day-glo clothes for the band and dyed their hair multicolored to differentiate themselves from the death rock bands who tended to wear black, army-surplus style clothing. For their psychedelic stage show they used nothing more than black lights, strobes, and a bit of smoke to illuminate the band.

In 1982 Rubella Ballet released their first batch of material on a cassette album titled Ballet Bag for Poison Girls’ Xntrix Records. Their sound went from fast punk to full on Goth, innovative like their clothing. Sounding like rather organized chaos this was the start of a very colorful part of the British anarcho-punk scene, which remains vital to this day. Lyrics tell of living under the grim rule of Thatcher’s government, in haunting fashion. Despite the severity of the material, pop and even funk dimensions are discernible beneath the claustrophobic thrashing. Ballet Bag was a 100% DIY project, all artwork was drawn and hand-printed by the band. Each cassette came in a bag with a lyric booklet, badge and poster. The band recorded two John Peel sessions for BBC Radio in 1982 and 1983, which are of much higher fidelity than the home-produced cassette. We’ve included 6 of those songs here as bonus tracks, complete with John Peel introductions from the original broadcast.

All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Housed in neon pink and black checkered jacket emulating the polyvinyl bag that covered the original cassette. Each copy includes a replica of the original 12-page zine with lyrics and drawings by the band. Also included are 2 black and white postcard featuring never before seen photos of the band from 1981.

Emotional Blackmail
A Dream Of Honey
Newz At 10
Slant & Slide

Krak Trak
Me (Peel Session)
Ballet Dance (Peel Session)
Belfast (Peel Session)
T (Peel Session)
Slant & Slide (Peel Session)
Exit (Peel Session)


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