This is the tenth in a series all taken from the Fanzine Hope *.2. The fanzine sees a collection of 70 contributors from the punk rock world. All asked the same question What is Your Favourite Gig.
The zine is €5 including postage to anywhere It is a benefit for Pikpa Refugee Centre, Lesvos
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This week it is Scott McLauchlan from the excellent Brassneck Records who have a full roster of great tuneful hardcore bands
All + China Drum
My favourite gig? That’s not an easy one. Lots of gigs stick out as memorable for different reasons. I’ve been going to gigs since about 1990 and even though I’ve been to hundreds of gigs over the years, it’s some of the earlier ones that have stayed with me the most. On that basis, if I had to narrow it down, it was probably seeing ALL on their Breaking Things tour @ The London Powerhaus in 93 or 94 with support from China Drum. ALL (and the Descendents) were pretty much my favourite band in the world in the early to mid 90s and I made the trip down from the North to see them.
I grew up in a little Northern town where punk gigs simply didn’t happen. I only had a small number of friends who shared similar musical interests and getting into Manchester for gigs (the nearest city with any kind of notable punk activity that I was aware of at the time) was difficult. Getting to London was even harder. So this was a big deal for me even before I got there.
With memories affected by the passage of time and the beer consumed on the evening, some of my recollections are slightly blurred. I don’t remember all the songs that were played, I don’t recall any specific onstage banter or quite what happened in the latter stages of the night but I remember it as the first time I really felt part of a “scene” in any definite way. Aside from my few local friends, I just assumed there were only a handful of people in the UK who gave a damn about the bands I loved. But here there were hundreds of them all singing along and running into each other as ALL ripped into their opening song. I spoke to loads of peo-ple that night. All strangers who loved the music I loved. I stayed in touch with some of them for a while and often saw them when I went back to London over the following years. It all sounds bit cheesy now, but I was young(ish) and naive to how big the scene was in the UK at the time. As such, it was a defining moment for me and my love of punk outside of just listening to records in my bedroom.
Additional high points included having a pre-gig coffee with Stephen Egerton and talking to Karl about our shared love of cartoons and bands like The Chemical People and The Hard-Ons. Also the inclusion of some of my favourite Descendents songs in the set and meeting a young and slightly nervous Chad Price. This was the first time they’d played the UK with Chad on vocals and, apart from the songs on the (at the time) new LP I’d ever heard him sing before so I didn’t know how well he’d handle the songs Scott and Dave sung on record. Clearly, I needn’t have worried. Chad & the band took it all in their stride and blew me away. I saw ALL play London again in 2014 and, while that show was also great fun, the first time I saw them always sticks out as one of my fondest gig memories.
Scott McLauchlan – Brassneck Records – http://brassneckrecords.bigcartel.com/
Two weeks ago as I was travelling to Blackpool for Rebellion festival I read the sad story of Lawrence Graham Leigh. Lawrence is battling cancer and required stg£16,000 to go towards treatment. I’ve never met Lawrence but feel like I know him well. That’s because when I was involved in putting on bands in Dublin he was putting those same bands on in London. He had a record label, Fluffy Bunny and by all accounts seemed to be one of the good guys. Of course he was, he’s one of our good guys.
Well a quick fortnight later and the target has been reached. stg£16,000 and counting raised, not just by the punks but certainly pushed by many who Lawrence helped through the years. Of course he deserves every penny but it is great to see that his treatment can go ahead.
As for cancer…………………… We will just have to keep fighting eh?
POISON IDEA RESURRECT AMERICAN LEATHER IMPRINT AND RELEASE NEW VIDEO
Hardcore punk legends Poison Idea have recently resurrected the American Leather Records. the band’s own DIY label that initially released the hardcore punk essential Feel The Darkness, along with Blank, Bl ackout, Vacant and a slew of singles throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s.
The label presents the latest bulletin of classic punk shredding from the band, following their full length comeback record, 2015’s Confuse & Conquer for Southern Lord.
One of the first records to see light of day on the imprint is a 5-song limited edition 12” EP of new material, which is available at the band’s official online merch store.
The band are also bringing out a new live LP, the limited edition Company Party, which comes out on Portland’s finest independent doughnut shop/record label, Voodoo Doughnut Recordings, and is pressed on hot pink wax. This jam-packed live set, recorded at the Star Theater on February 2nd, 2015, will satiate your cravings for high-energy Poison Idea antics, and comes with extensive and insightful liner notes from Jerry. A sweet treat for those who devoured the live sets included in the recent reissues of PI classics.
Poison Idea have also released this video for one of their brand new songs ‘Calling All Ghosts’ (shot and cut by Brett Roberts and Colin Jarrell, G+E- Jake Lyon)
Fanzine of the Week
Blackpool Rox2 Issue 11
Another special brought out for Rebellion and has good interviews with Cock Sparrer, Simon Wells, Ted Dibiase Million Dollar Punk Band, Colleen Caffeine and local Blackpool acts Poly-Esters and Du Pig/ ALongside that there’s extensive reviews from Steve Scanner and bits on being a woman in Saudi Arabia and Andys travel blog from the European Championship. Andy’ style of writing is quirky and chatty and Blackpool Rox2 is always worth picking up.
16 Windmill Close
Andy does this youtube show every week where he plays a cover version, check it out below
Southern Lord have released the blazing debut album Rutiinin Orja from incendiary Helsinki hardcore punk band Kohti Tuhoa. There’s no time wasted on this record as it speeds past in under twenty minutes. Irresistible pogo beats and pit parts pile on top of each other with reckless abandon, and thick waves of drum rolls provide a dangerous velocity over which Discharge influenced guitars chug and wail.
Helena’s wide ranging vocals delivered in the band’s native language are unmistakeable and intimidating even to non-Finnish natives, layered up an intense degree and teetering between fearsome and fascinating. Recognisable traits of other bands, such as the Japanese masters of noise dbeat attack Framtid and Hispanic kings of the fast ‘n’ angry Los Crudos, find their way in to the Kohti Tuhoa sound, and fans of Oakland’s RAD and Chile/Austria’s Ruidosa Immundicia will have an instant infatuation with the sheer might of Rutiinin Orja. Punk bible Maximum Rocknroll are already shouting their name, and you are well advised to hear the furious sounds of Finnish hardcore punk at its current best – barbed, destructive and viciously catchy.
5 Track EP
Grow Your Own Records
The Fleas spread out a sound reminiscent of the likes of the dual Hagar The Womb vocals of the 80’s. it’s snotty and brash. Musically it is 4:4 punk rock of various speeds that will have you humming along in no time.
There’s 5 songs on this Grow Your Own records debut EP from the band. Starting off with Heartbreaker – “I’m a heatrbreaker and I don’t give a shit” they repeat before introducing some sax with ‘Selling Out’ which wonders about hypocricy of bands lyrics and “selling out is not what it’s all about”. We then move on to Riot which tells the tail of ‘there’s gonna be a riot tonight’ not unlike gold blade but more telling it as it is rather than Goldblade’s proclamation. “Watts your problem” is a bit slower tempo but still that staright forward punk rock beat with cockney fuelled anger vocals. it all ends with the straight forward punk rock of Nothing you Can Do – less than 10 minutes later it’s done, lovely stuff
This is the ninth in a series all taken from the Fanzine Hope *.2. The fanzine sees a collection of 70 contributors from the punk rock world. All asked the same question What is Your Favourite Gig. The zine is €5 including postage to anywhere It is a benefit for Pikpa Refugee Centre, Lesvos Pay by paypal, here
This week it is the shend from the cravats
The Cravats have existed since 1977 but playing live was not a favourite pastime of mine in the early days due to finding it near im-possible to sing and play bass at the same time. Since Svor Naan (Cravats sax behemoth) and I recruited new members and reformed for the Rebellion Punk Festival in 2009, I have loved doing the darned things and playing the final, ‘Last Supper’ Steve Ignorant Crass gig at Shepherds Bush O2 on 19th November 2011 was a particular highlight in the Cravats journey.
When we were asked to appear as special guests I was somewhat surprised. The Cravats, had never really slotted with ease into the Crass roster of bands. We were silly, jazzy, and peculiar but Penny Rimbaud had always been a huge supporter of the band and had, almost, single-handedly mauled our sound into what it had become.
Although well rehearsed, I think it was on the drive up to London from Brighton that the ‘fear’ set in. What if the sold out crowd decided we weren’t suitable entertainment for this final Last Supper show and hurled abuse from our opening chord to the final feed-back racket of ‘I Hate The Universe’? Or worse still, stayed in the bar.
After Andy T and Paranoid Visions had shown how it should be done, we walked out onto the lovely old theatre stage of the O2. It was ruddy packed to the gills and I could see from the smiles that it was unlikely we were going to be machine gunned by indignant punks that night. Never had I witnessed a reaction so glorious to our noise but it was a special night and there was a lot of ‘Crass love’ in the air. Folk were happy and felt a part of the unique channel that Crass had created all those years ago.
Our actual performance passed in a fuzzy, joyous cartoon blast that left us all shattered and chuffed. We went down a storm and still had the pleasure of seeing Penny and Eve do their stuff followed by Steve Ignorant and friends show why those Crass songs had meant so much, to so many, for so long. Top night.