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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

The Cravats - April 2018 - live dates

THE CRAVATS begin a three dates mini-tour-ette this evening (5 April), with a gig in Bristol at The Thunderbolt, with gigs in London (6 April) and Brighton (7 April) to follow, playing alongside Folk Devils

Overground Records are now accepting advance orders on the vinyl re-release of The Cravats’ debut single Gordon (backed by Situations Vacant). This repressing, limited to 500 copies comes with a special. insert. This seven-inch of aural loveliness was originally released in July 1978.
 
The Cravats - Gordon - re-release
 

Interrobang - Dunstan Bruce

INTERROBANG‽ RELEASE THE band’s self-titled debut album today, and kick off the album launch tour with the first date in Todmorden.

Interrobang‽ was formed in 2012 by ex-Chumbawamba members Dunstan Bruce and Harry Hamer and “former enfant terrible in the London louts, Regular Fries” Stephen Griffin. Their album is released in vinyl, digital download and CD formats. All The Mad Men Records sold out of all pre-release copies ahead of the release, but vinyl and CD copies will be available from the band on tour, and from many of the usual (and some unusual) outlets.

The eponymously entitled Interrobang‽ album is vocalist Bruce laid bare, torn open asunder, as he finds himself deep in those 50-something blues. Lyrically the album is an exploration of his determination to never give up the struggle despite his own malaise. He questions and rails against his own demise with song titles such as Curmudgeon, Mad As Hell and Am I Invisible Yet? whilst still full of that anger about the state of the world in songs such as Are You Ready People? and Here Now. He veers from the personal to the political, from the poignant to the pithy, never pulling any punches, always being brutally honest but with an ability to laugh at himself as well.

The music of Griffin and Hamer is short, sharp and urgent. Interrobang‽ pride themselves on their tightness and economy in these rapid-fire assaults and with their crisp, cutting backing vocals the band have created an album that is pointed and precise, exciting and exhilarating. This is an album’s worth of hard hitting songs for hard hit people with Griffin’s guitar technique building layers of scorching sonics which when seen live will astound.

The band are interviewed discussing the album and the tour in Soundsphere magazine and in Louder Than War magazine, and the album is reviewed on Louder Than War site, Punk Online, NARC Magazine, the Morning Star and elsewhere.

  • Friday 30 March TODMORDEN Golden Lion with Liines
  • Saturday 31 March WELLINGBOROUGH Horseshoe Inn with Eastfield. Wreckage
  • Sunday 1 April NEWPORT Le Pub with Eight Rounds Rapid, Emy Lou Robbins
  • Monday 2 April BRISTOL Louisiana with The Flux Capacitors
  • Tuesday 3 April LEEDS Brudenell with Bilge Pump, Year of Birds
  • Wednesday 4 April LANCASTER The Yorkshire House with Year of Birds
  • Thursday 5 April NEWCASTLE Cluny 2 with The Almighty Uprisers, Year of Birds
  • Friday 6 April NOTTINGHAM Maze with Headsticks, Verbal Warning
  • Saturday 7 April MIDDLESBROUGH Westgarth with Flies On You, Year of Birds
  • Sunday 8 April BIRMINGHAM Centrala with Eastfield, Alcohol Licks
  • Monday 9 April MANCHESTER Jimmys
  • Tuesday 10 April MILTON KEYNES Craufurd Arms with Louise Distras, Eight Rounds Rapid
  • Wednesday 11 April BRIGHTON Prince Albert with Dream Nails, Eight Rounds Rapid
  • Thursday 12 April LONDON The Islington with The Charlemagnes
  • Friday 13 April RAMSGATE Music Hall with Eight Rounds Rapid
  • Saturday 14 April SCUNTHORPE Café Indiependent with Eight Rounds Rapid, Addictive Philosophy

 

 
Interrobang tour dates 2018

Interrobang tour dates 2018

Anarcho punk albums - the bands' story behind anarchist punk music -front cover

ANARCHO-PUNK IS an ideology of personal freedom. Its artistic self-expression should be available to everyone, regardless of technical ability. The message is far more important than the musical content itself.

During the late 70s and early 80s, many new bands emerged to expound serious anarchist ideas. They embraced the DIY punk ethos, creating zines to be distributed at gigs as well as a mine of information on their often gate folded record sleeves.

‘Anarcho-Punk Albums: The Band’s Story Behind Punk Music’ is a book that explores how some of the most controversial material ever written came to the forefront.

Over a year in the making, through a series of short interviews with band members, we delve into how the groups started, what were the primary political motivations and what they thought of the albums once recorded.

Interviews with Crass, Chumbawamba, Zounds, Omega Tribe, Subhumans, Blyth Power, Lost Cherrees, Antisect, Cravats, Icons of Filth, Rubella Ballet and Flux of Pink Indians reveal all we need to know about the defining LPs of the era.

A thoroughly engaging read, we find out about the growth of the squatting culture, the increasing interest shown by the Special Patrol Group (SPG) and MI5, how the albums were often outselling the mainstream pop acts of the time as well as numerous personal thoughts and opinions of fellow bands and individuals.

Punk rock recently celebrated 40 years since the Sex Pistols first burst onto the scene. However, for many of us, the Anarcho-Punk bands and their albums was when the real meaning of the movement came into its own.

Gary Miller. 2018. Anarcho punk albums: the band’s story behind anarchist punk music. Hedgehog Productions: punkonline.co.uk. ISBN 9781980274025.

Available in both print and Kindle eBook formats.

Anarcho punk albums - the bands' story behind anarchist punk music -back cover

Anarcho-punk movement 1984 to present - one night only

Anarcho-punk movement, 1984 to the present
7 April 2018, 18:00-21:00 (one night only)

1-2-3-4 Go! Records
420 40th Street #5
Oakland, California CA 94608, USA
Tickets: Free, all-ages event
Details: Facebook event

THE 1-2-3-4 GO! Records store, in Oakland, California, plays host to a one-night special event on 7 April 2018, exploring the music, practice and culture of anarcho-punk from the early 1980s to the present day.

Anarcho Punk Exhibit from 1983 to present: rare photos, flyers, banners and DIY art show at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland on 7 April 2018 from 6pm-9pm. Special one night only free event!

Covering: California, London, Peru and more..

Contributors: Robbie from A State of Mind, Tammy from Media Children, Greg Bull, Chris Low, Stig Miller from Amebix, Keith McHenry from Food Not Bombs, Ricardo PRocher, Ashley from Barefoot in the Kitchen, Orange County peace punks and more…

California: the anti-Ronald Reagan demonstrations, protests against nuclear weapons, freeing South Africa to end the apartheid demonstrations, animal rights and anti-vivisection rallies, benefit shows, radical feminist zines, late 80s’ black bloc, peace punks supporting gay and lesbian rallies in O.C., Food not Bombs (the 3rd chapter) to the 90s portraying an Animal Liberation Front (ALF) benefit show, political prisoner support, opening of the L.A. Anarchist Center, working with different movements (the Black Panther Party, Riot Grrrl), punks doing community outreach, organizing, and much much more..

As well there will be a special showing of a short film.

Silk screen posters and flyers - being prepared for the exhibition

The show promises:

  • Rare photos of bands and activism
  • Benefit show flyers
  • Art / posters
  • Fanzines / direct action and much more

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EXITSTENCIL PRESS HAVE now published the eagerly awaited complete collection of International Anthem magazine.

The first issue of International Anthem (a ‘nihilist newspaper for the living’) was put together by Gee Vaucher in 1977-78, when she was living and working in Manhattan, New York, as newly formed punk band Crass began to emerge from the rehearsal space at Dial House.

This soft-bound, full-size collection brings together the full contents of all five issues, including rough early drafts of the never-before-published issue four (‘Ireland’) and issue five (‘War’).

The book includes a brief introduction by Vaucher, and a short scene-setting contextual explanation for each issue (together with a timeline of political events for the year of publication).

The complete International Anthem can be ordered direct from the Exitstencil Press site.

Created from 1978-1982 by Gee Vaucher, International Anthem came into existence as a vehicle for Vaucher’s own work and that of friends who she felt had something worthwhile to share. Amongst others, these included Penny Rimbaud, Eve Libertine and Steve Ignorant… Overall, they represent, and are the realisation of, a dream that Vaucher had carried throughout her early years as a political artist.

International Anthem - collection - Exitstencil Press - cover

Penny Rimbaud -Noisey - Vice
 

WITH THE RELEASE of What Passing Bells: The War Poems of Wilfred Owen, Penny Rimbaud discusses the project (and life, the universe and everything else) with Noisey’s Jamie Thomson. Of his work on the Wilfred Owen project he says:

I wouldn’t have done it if it was just a horror story. Because certainly, equally, his poetry is more powerful than any I know of describing the horror and the misery in the trenches, but at the same time there’s this sort of strange, deep love of the people who he was there with, which is the very love that he went back. I mean, he was hospitalised and actually could very easily not have gone back, but he did go back. He went back not because he believed in the war, but that he did believe in his men and loved his men.

Jamie Thomson. 2017. ‘War all the time: a conversation with Crass’ Penny Rimbaud’, Noisey, 10 November https://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/ne394x/a-conversation-with-crass-penny-rimbaud

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