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Having A Laugh & Having A Say – trevhagl aoutobiography

Having a Laugh & Having A Say
not another Bloody Punk Rock Autobiography
Trev Hagl
self published
Savage Amusement Publication


So this is the ultimate in DIY. Self written (no ghosts writing this), self published and self distributed. Of course this is not a record from a band, or a fanzine of which trev has written many. It’s a 132 page A5 book.

I’ve always been a bit uncomfortable with autobiography. You have to write about yourself and feel that your life is important enough for people to want to read about it. It’s not like putting something into your diary and forgetting about it. This is all about thinking your tales are interesting enough for people to want to read. And then rewriting them with whatever glasses you may have on after the tides of time pass. Thankfully in Trevs case they are.

So what has his life entailed? Fanzines, records, music, gigs and lots of beer. Some politics, some attempts at shocking people (isn’t punk rock about pushing the boundaries?) and everyday life in between.

If I hadn’t read this book I would not have been reminded of Hilda Murrell or of the UDM and how they tried to break the miners strike, or Bile Ducts and how their primary objective was to cause objectionsm, or that Trev has a son

Writing a review, much like writing a book, is a very subjective affair and Trev isn’t afraid to proffer opinion. UK hardcore zine Fracture comes under a lot of stick, as someone who contributed to that organ and read every piece cover to cover I had forgotten letters that were aimed a t Trev’s words. Then again I do have memories of writing to trev when he was editor of HAGL but eventually the mail petered out. Maybe I had read the letters page accusing him of dodgy politics. Maybe we all took things a bit too seriously back then.

He sings the praises of German Oi band (or is it Street punk?) Oxymoron and at the end it becomes less autobigrpahical and more fanzine like. Trev offers his opinions on books to read and his views on the current state of British politics. At this stage it becomes more like and extended collection of columns for the likes of fracture and less a tale of a punk rock troubador.

Still, I feel better having read this. It is a good insight into the mind of a punk activist and advocate for change. Maybe I don’t agree with all his words and thoughts but the modus operandi of operating outside the mainstream and viewing culture as a vehicle for change is the bond that keeps us together.



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Down And Outs – Lifeline LP

Down and Outs
Boss Tuneage

down and outs

Not to be confused with similar named Down’n’outz who have members of Def Leppard and Quireboys in their ranks, Liverpools Down and outs are pretty much the anthisesis of your quintessential rock band. 10 years on the go, this is their fourth album, released last November but still worth a mention.

Their sound is a mash up of Replacements, Leatherface UK guitar hardcore mixed with Wedding Present indie jangle and a spoonful of power pop along the way. I can smell those three along with the jam and the clash and maybe green day sneaking in for a snarl every now and then if they can get past the senseless things hanging around the corner. They sing “Waking Up – it ain’t getting easy.” but they lie as it sure can be if Down and Outs are on the alarm clock

Let me take you to a different place. Being a father of three kids, two of whom play a lot of sport, I am fairly involved in Juvenile football. I coach a team and have done so for the past 6 years. We have a philosophy that as the kids want to play football we give them all a chance. We will never set out to win a league or do anything to win a game. All the kids play and we win or lose together. As the kids start to spend more time wondering or worrying about their hairstyle or their abercrombie tops we persisit in tyring to give them equal time on the pitch. If the result of a match is the scoreline at the end then don’t ask about the result. Most teams we play against have a differenet philosophy. Yeah, kids a renaturally competitive but the adults we face on the sideline aren’t trying to teach their kids fairness. They are living out their sporting fantasys through the kids, making up for that league they didn’t win in their youth.

What’s this got to do with Down and Outs? Not a lot except Down and Outs are on my team, they are trying their best and will never be good enough to sell multi plainum records. They are doing what they love and I admire them for that. I also get to enjoy their sounds which is a bonus

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Hope Show 74 – the lowdown

Hope Show 74 The Lowdown

It’s new record time, for the most part tonight. Inca Babies have new album on the way, Blacktop Speedway is from that.

Hands Up WHo Wants to Die have a record out now and bring that bass fuelled sound onto it. I played two songs from their brothers in arms, adebisi shank, last week.

King Champion Sounds made it to my top 10 of 2013 and their new record is coming out next month on Louder than war records.

Down and outs didn’t make my top 10 but their Lifeline album from last year is a pretty solid record. Yesterdays Heroes speaks a topic close to my heart. Old school heroes

Obliterations bring a refreshing old school hardcore feel into proceedings. their new record is coing out on Southern Lord, a label that’s prolifically becoming very prolific.

System of Hate are from Barnsley, not too far from Liverpools Down and puts but a few thousand miles from obliterations. Ashes of divinity is from their new record.

Molarbear are from up the road (figuratively speaking of course) in Belfast. This is a new track from them.

Cold Blue Mountain are from Chico. I love their website blurb “Listen to us. Cowards”. They scream, their have beards and they’ve an album out on October 7

Question The Mark are from South Wales and released their Smoke Signals ep in 2012. But you missed it then!!

Their mates are Bear Trade who are amazing. I keep telling you that though, someday you will listen. This album came out in May this year, you’ve gotta hear it. Coward!

More mates together are Epic Problem who I’ve also trying to get you to listen to. Maybe now you will, read my review of them here

Former Cell Mates are one of the leading lights for the previous three bands. A great English Sound and an acoustic track to calm it all down

Keeping it acoustic is Andrew Judah from Montreal, he has a new album out, it’s nice. This is from that

Howler is a self proclaimed indie band from Minneapolis, home of Arcwelder. Wonder if they know each other? Anyway they’ve a new single on Rough Trade.

Another band bringing out a new record coming out is Flies on you , this is a taster of what to expect. Have to say I don’t know who Katie Hopkins is though.

I didn’t know who Purple were until I came across their new single target out now on Play It again Sam records. It’s a pretty cool song too.

One very cool band were the great leap Forward, arising from the hot ashes of the amazing Big Flame, Great leap forward were ignorant of the music biz but put out two great 12″s This was on one of them

Gangs are from Dublin and it is good to see reekus records continuing to bring out good music. Some nice mod inspired sounds here.

Pardon Us are from Liverpool and feature some one from Down and Outs as far as I know (or should that be AFAIK?). Anyway I’ve just noticed that these, Bear trade, Down and Outs all played in Liverpool with Stay Clean Jolene last month. What a night that must have been


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