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Slice of Life - S.A.D
 
SLICE OF LIFE have released a new official video for new song S.A.D.

Annoucing the news on the Louder than War site, Carole Hodges explained: “S.A.D is a song very close to Steve’s heart. Written with a definite nod towards its Seasonal Affective Disorder namesake, the lyrics plead with the listener for “some kind of love”, always indecisive as to whether such a gesture will be accepted or rejected by the sufferer.”

The black-and-white video was shot at Union Mills in Bolton, and was filmed and produced by RKidMedia.

Slice of Life are currently working on a new album, with a released date penciled in for this summer.

 

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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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The Membranes, Islington, London - 5 October 2018

The Membranes (with choir), Slice of Life, The Cravats, The Wolfhounds
5 October 2018
Islington Assembly Hall
Upper Street, Islington, N1 2UD London
Advanced tickets: £16.50-£19.25

The Membranes and choir announce special London gig on Friday October 5th at Islington Assembly Rooms with Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life, The Cravats and The Wolfhounds.

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Slice of Life - April 2018

SLICE OF LIFE play three live dates in succession in early April. The trio of gigs kicks off tonight at The Arts Centre in Colchester (5 April) and is followed by a live show in Brighton tomorrow (6 April) and a gig in Brussels on Saturday (7 April), supporting Sleaford Mods.

Slice of Life - Brighton - 6 April 2018

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New York singer-songwriter Jeffrey Lewis, who released the 12 Crass Covers CD on Rough Trade records back in 2007, interviews Steve Ignorant for Clash magazine ahead of Ignorant’s appearance with Paranoid Visions at the 2017 Rebellion punk festival, singing songs selected from right across his 1977-2017 repertoire.
 
Steve Ignorant - Clash magazine
 
Robin Murray. 2017. Personality clash: Jeffrey Lewis vs. Steve Ignorant. Clash, 3 August. http://clashmusic.com/features/personality-clash-jeffrey-lewis-vs-steve-ignorant
 

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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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As part of the Nottingham-based Punk it up! programme of events, Steve Ignorant (Crass, Slice of Life, Paranoid Visions) and Ruth Elias (Hagar the Womb) will discuss the ‘politics of punk’ at an event at the Rough Trade shop in the city on Saturday 15 July 2017.
 
Punk it Up - The Politics of Punk
 

The politics of punk

Guest speakers in conversation with Rich Cross
Steve Ignorant (Crass, Slice of Life, Paranoid Visions)
Ruth Elias (Hagar the Womb)
Live music: Riskee & The Ridicule
Live sets: Sonia and Dean (uncensored)
Rough Trade, 5 Broad Street, Nottingham
Free entry
Rough Trade event | Facebook event | Eventbrite event

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