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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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Slice of Life - Windswept and Interesting - new dates

Additional dates have been added to Slice of Life’s 2017 ‘Windswept and Interesting’ tour, which now extends through May and into June.

Following on from the tour dates previously announced, are these new gigs:

  • April 15, The Horseshoe, Wellingborough
  • May 18, TBC
  • May 19, [venue TBC] Birmingham
  • May 20, The Hairy Dog, Derby
  • May 21, Foremans, Nottingham
  • June 9, Electric Circus, Edinburgh
  • June 10, Hug and Pint, Glasgow
  • June 11, Westgarth, Middlesborough

There’s also a new pre-tour date at The Queen’s Head, Belper on March 25.

 

Slice of Life - 25 March 2017

Slice of Life, Dwane Reads, Chris Butler
March 25, The Queen’s Head, Belper

Tickets: £10, Doors: 20:00
 

Slice of Life - 14 April 2017

Slice of Life, Virus, 51st State
April 13, The Phoenix Centre, Exeter

Tickets: £8 ADV, Age: 16+
 

Slice of Life - 14 April 2017

Slice of Life
April 14, The Louisana, Bristol

Door: 19:30, Ages: 18+
 

Slice of Life - 15 April 2017

Slice of Life, Alcohol Licks, Chris Butler
15 April, The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough

Tickets: £5, Doors: 20:00
 

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Slice of Life Tour dates - March 2017

Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life begin the ‘Windswept and Interesting’ tour, ‘celebrating 40 years of live performance with the legendary Crass frontman’ in April 2017, and have announced the following first set of dates.

  • April 7, 100 Club, London
  • April 8, Hope & Ruin, Brighton
  • April 9, Music Hall, Ramsgate
  • April 11, Arts Centre, Colchester
  • April 12, Joiners, Southampton
  • April 13, Phoenix, Exeter
  • April 14, Louisiana, Bristol

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Slice of Life -Hereford - November 2016

Slice of Life
Headsticks
Terminal Rage
The Booth Hall, 3 East Street, Hereford HR1 2LW
5 November 2016
Advanced tickets available online: £10.00

 
UPDATE: 5 November 2015:
 

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Slice of Life, Manchester, 24 September 2016

 
Slice of Life, Tim Loud, and special guests
Kraak
11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB
24 September 2016, doors 19:30
Advance tickets: £6.50 (plus booking fee), more OTD (capacity limited, please book early to ensure entry).

Legendary Crass frontman Steve Ignorant returns to Manchester for an intimate acoustic show at Kraak. Expect anecdotes and intense renditions of songs old and new.

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