LAUNCHING AT REBELLION this weekend is a new six song vinyl, CD and digital download EP from Hagar the Womb.

Released by Grow Your Own Records, Hagitate will be made available as a 10-inch six track vinyl (pressed in a glorious red and black marbled design) complete with lyric booklet, as a CD (with gatefold cover and booklet) and as a digital download.

Hagar the Womb - Hagitate - Grow Your Own Records

Poster for the Ignorant Tour 2020

STEVE IGNORANT IS heading out on tour next year to perform a set of Crass songs, back by a full band.

Back in November 2007, Ignorant attracted some controversy when he put together a band to present a live version of The Feeding of the 5000 at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire with a backing band of guest musicians. In 2010, Ignorant attracted both criticism and enthusiastic support when he announced plans for an international tour, which would take songs from across the Crass catalogue out on the road.

That tour concluded in 2011, with Ignorant declaring that The Last Supper performance in London on 19 November (at which he was joined on stage by Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine) would be the last time that he would play Crass songs on a stage.

Since then, whilst performing with Slice of Life and Paranoid Visions, Ignorant has continued to weave selected Crass songs into the live set – in a semi-acoustic way with Slice of Life and in full-on punk rock style with Paranoid Visions (such as at the Rebellion festival in 2017).

This latest news about Ignorant’s plans in relation to the Crass canon does not appear to have attracted much in the way of critical reaction, and it appears that there’s a great deal of interest in acquiring tickets for the shows, which are now available to purchase online. Confirmed dates so far are:

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Friday 3 April 2020

Newcastle University Students Union, Newcastle
Saturday 4 April 2020

The 100 Club, London
Friday 17 April 2020 [buy tickets direct from the 100 Club]

Concorde 2, Brighton
Saturday 18 April 2020

Club Academy, Manchester
Friday 24 April 2020

Scotland Calling Festival, O2 Academy, Glasgow
Saturday 25 April 2020

The 100 Club listing provides more details about the upcoming tour, and reports that further dates will be forthcoming:

Steve will be starting his Tour in April 2020 in the UK and will then take it to the continent and the rest of the world. He’ll be performing Crass songs 1977-1984 with some Ignorant classics with his band.

It also confirms the line-up for these tour dates as:

  • Steve Ignorant (vocals)
  • Carol Hodge (vocals) [Slice of Life]
  • Pete Wilson (lead guitar) [Slice of Life]
  • Pete Rawlinson (bass guitar) [Slice of Life]
  • Jay Bagnall (drums) [Paranoid Visions]

Shot in 2011, the short video below sees Ignorant reflecting on the upcoming final show of The Last Supper tour.


The Day the Country Died - Subhumans - jigsaw

A STRICTLY LIMITED edition 500-piece jigsaw of artist Nick Lant’s cover design for the sleeve of the 1983 Subhumans’ album The Day the Country Died will be available in-person at Rebellion 2019.

Limited edition 500-piece The Day the Country Died jigsaw will be available from the Subhumans merch stall at Rebellion….

Cover of Vive Le Rock - with anarcho-punk cover advertising features inside

THE NEXT ISSUE of Vive Le Rock magazine has a special focus on the history of the original British anarcho-punk wave.

Currently available for pre-order, issue 65 will explore how ‘how punk rattled the government gates’, and include coverage of Crass, Subhumans, Conflict, Flux of Pink Indians and Zounds amongst others.

Vive Le Rock 65 Anarcho Punk

Anarchy + Peace
How Punk Rattled The Government Gates


Flux Of Pink Indians


The Members
New Model Army
Thin Lizzy
Pauline Murray (Penetration)

And loads more!

Who was the greatest anarcho-punk band? Pre order now – the story of anarcho-punk with Crass, Subhumans (UK), Flux of Pink Indians, Conflict, Zounds and more!

The Cravats - Precinct - single re-issue sleeve

THE LIMITED EDITION vinyl re-release of The Cravats’ Precinct single is selling out predictably fast.

First issued on the Small Wonder label in August 1980, Precinct has been re-issued by Overground Records (following on from similar loving treatment of the Gordon and Burning Bridges releases), with each numbered copy accompanied with a set of intriguing ‘Cravfacts’ and the previously not-that-easy-to-decipher lyrics.

Although The Cravats are forging forward into the future with an exciting new single and LP due in the coming months, they haven’t forgotten the past or the fact that few folk were lucky enough, at the time, to purchase their classic Small Wonder single releases.

First single Gordon was re-released last year.

The End featuring Burning Bridges, The End and, the classic, I Hate The Universe also got the same treatment in 2018 with a whole art department of skilled craftsmen (The Shend) lovingly recreating the original sleeve and Small Wonder Records label until it looked close as dammit.

Now it is the turn of the much loved cacophonous classic from August 1980, Precinct with Who’s In Here With Me on the flipside.

Purloined from the BBC Peel session that first aired on 9th August 1979 and produced by the legendary Bob Sargeant, Precinct succinctly summarises the soulless shopping centre of Redditch New Town where the Cravats loitered and lounged about.

“If you like insanely fast, modernist punk – I can highly recommend this as being suitable for any form of physical activity.” Said somebody or other in Sounds on Oct 4th 1980 and they were right, as the thunderingly manic drums herald the start of this Orwellian onslaught.

Like the two re-releases that have gone before, there will only ever be 500 of these vintage vials of vinyl, each with an interesting insert of ‘Cravfacts’ as well as the near illegible lyrics to Precinct.

It’s only available through the Overground Records site or at forthcoming Cravats gigs (no bureaucratic business barcode soils this sleeve!) and won’t be around for long so pop one in your satchel, saunter home and file under, ‘Blimey, that’s rather ruddy good.’

While you’re waiting for the copy you ordered online to arrive by post, or you’re contemplating joining the lengthy queue at the merch stall at a Cravats gig to avail yourself of a copy, you’re welcome to enjoy the following aide memoire.

Lost Cherrees - Rebellion show and new album Blank Pages promotion

LOST CHERREES WILL launch their new album Blank Pages to coincide with their live set at the upcoming Rebellion festival.

The album will be released on the Grow Your Own Records label.

Recorded at Perry Vale Studios, the band pledge that Blank Pages will deliver “12 tracks of loud, angry punk rock”.

THE SUBHUMANS WILL release a new album named Crisis Point on 13 September. “It’s a stormer,” says singer and frontman Dick Lucas. The new ten song release focuses on the themes of “terror/pollution/mind control… and similar reflections on a world in crisis.”

Released on Oakland’s Pirates Press Records, Crisis Point will be made available in CD, vinyl and cassette formats. Mindful that this is the first Subhumans’ longer player in a while, Lucas apologies about “the decade wait for something new”, suggesting that the band “don’t get to practice much!”

Cover for Subhumans 2019 album Crisis Point

The band, who still gig pretty relentlessly in the UK and Europe, will be heading out on a ‘West Coast’ tour of Canada and the US to coincide with the release.

Subhumans - Crisis Point album tour - US and Canada dates

  • 09/05/2019 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
  • 09/06/2019 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
  • 09/07/2019 – Quebec City, QC – Envol Et Macadam Festival
  • 09/08/2019 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
  • 09/09/2019 – Somerville, MA – Once Ballroom
  • 09/10/2019 – Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland
  • 09/11/2019 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
  • 09/12/2019 – Durham, NC – Motorco
  • 09/13/2019 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
  • 09/14/2019 – St Augustine, FL – Sing Out Loud Festival
  • 09/15/2019 – Orlando. FL – Will’s Pub

Prior to that tour, the Subhumans will be finishing up a series of European dates this week.

Subhumans - tour dates - July 2019

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