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Rebellion 2015 – day 2. Phew

Ruts DC acoustic

Ruts DC acoustic

Rebellion 2015 day 2

And so it continues, the streets around the Winter Gardens have been magically cleaned and the seagulls had some treats for breakfast, It all kicks off just after midday with Max Splodge the MC for a game of bingo, when in rome and all that.

First bit of music for me is the Uk based but US influenced sound of 4130;s. I’ve played them a few times on my radio show. Speedy and tuneful just like bad religion only with less words.

Johnny wah wah curates the new band stage which takes place on day 1, he also is one of the main interviewers on the literary stage as well as singing in on trial UK. Distorted Buzzcocks tuneful songs.

I felt like I’d gatecrashed a secret party gathering when going into see in evil hour. Fairly packed empress ballroom with hundreds of people sing along to the power punk on offer. It was a good secret and a good surprise however I still can’t get into guitar solos, any chance rebellion could ban them?

The Crows are regular features at rebellion but this was my first time to se them, tuneful punk that started with an accapella version of homophobia. What more could you ask for?

Every year I run a competition in my head for most popular band t-shirt. I will be amazed if gimp fist don’t win it for 2015. Biggest queue at a March stall for over an hour before they even played. Don’t quite get it myself

Paul Haslam on the Literary stage told us of his time getting into publishing books. I can’t think of many better ways to spend a Friday aftrnoon than listening to tales of punk rock by people who were involved, Paul co-edits street sounds magazine with Gary Bushell and owns countdown books. His upbringing was soul and mod and he dj’d at 100 club. He has a big connection with the oi scene but this talk ended up being rushed through due to him arriving late. Rebellion runs on a very tight timescale and its timekeeping is usually immense.

Cathi Unsworth reminisced on her days and her 5 books. Her journalistic career started with articles for sounds. And as I sat listening the lightbulb appeared above my head. I have read many reviews from Cathi down through the years. Sounds helped me discover some great bands in the 80s and Cathi (along with John Robb and Gary Bushell) helped with that soundtrack. Joolz then spoke of tattoos, writing, art her background, New Model Army and pretty much everything in between. Some sad tales of the removal of artistic freedom for people in bands. Both Joolz and her interviewee Rhona Dakar asked that people off all ages need to support diy and that is the way forward for all artists. Joolz had a tough upbringing and if she had of dropped a pin during her explanation of her youth it would have created a thunderclap noise. We sat motionless and stunned whilst we hear of the agony that men inflicted on her as an adolescent

One thing that strikes me so far is that there are so few all male bands or events. Striking in that it shouldn’t matter but with so much make aggression in punk rock it is heartening that women are involved and rebellion is not behind in pushing that forward.

Seggs and Ruffy from Ruts DC go into more detail about their new book. A book they introduced to us last year but has been five years in the making. It is now published. The band that don’t want to complain any more they want to provide answers. The message they want to send out is “people unite” How refreshing is that?

Paranoid Visions are gathering huge momentum and respect. Part of the furniture here, their accommodation becomes home to Irish Punk for the weekend. The flag literally flying in the front window of their, what Blackpool can only get away with calling a,hotel. The current line up is their tightest for years and songs new and old go down a treat. They are getting better with age and it was a dilemma that they clashed with the chat with ruts chat.

Cyanide pills are on damaged goods who always seem to pick out good tuneful catchy pop punk rock bands straight from the garage. I got their album after seeing the last year, well worth a listen.

We were treated to more stalwarts in the guise of Subhumans then. I’m never disappointed listening to their set even if Bruce doesn’t seem to be playing guitar. .

TV Smith played his own songs tonight rather than the Adverts classics of last night. It’s positive that so many people don’t just attend rebellion for nostalgia purpose. Sure the majority of people are here because of their affinity to a genre they lived and loved in a different century but they are still willing to open up to new songs, which is what Billy Liar and Louise Distras do in their seperate well attended acoustic sets

Ruts DC however are a different story. I think the best band I’ve seen here, the songs are incredible and the respect people have for them is immense. For many bands it can be a case of seeing a few songs and good and all as they may be you move on. Their is always someone else to see. For the Ruts DC my feet while not firmly planted on the ground (how can you fail not to move and be moved by In A Rut?) weren’t going too far. They played 2 sets tonight, electronic and acoustic and they made the trip worthwhile regardless of what other wonders the weekend might bring. They even do something the subhumans would never dare, play a new song. The respect the crowd have for the ruts is unequalled anywhere else. If Rebellion was a football team the ruts DC would be its star player. The one that can do now wrong and kisses the crest with meaning.

Back to reality and some comedic relief from Captain Hotknives before another nostalgic trip with the Rezillos. I spoke yesterday of that cassette I had in work, Crossing the red Sea wih the Adverts and I can;t Stand The Rezillos. Well the original pop punk band were bashing them out here.

More old scholl tunes from the Damned but to be honest that was just keeing me awake for another highlight. However the packed out Empress Ballroom were on a different wavelength as they jumped and sang and very nearly did as as It Up. Gang Of Four, I don’t know how i did it but i stayed awake over 13 hours after max kicked it all of with his bingo, caught the entire set and smiled my whole way home, not so much at Gang of Four and their incredible rhythmic angular songs. They could easily be Gang of one seeing as Andy is the only original member left but I am marvelling at the excellence and humility of ruts DC

Ruts DC acoustic

Ruts DC acoustic

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Rebellion 2014 Day 1

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Rebellion 2014 – Day 1

Living in ireland means there has to be an annual journey to Blackpool for rebellion. There are many ways to get there including a direct flight but finances directed me to fly to Manchester from Dublin and then get the train north west.

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I Started the day listening to bitchin bajas, most definitely punk rock. I don’t think they will ever get to play rebellion but their take on Eastern instruments  belongs more in a punks mind than the Indian pop charts of which it will never reach. Drone music is a descriptor often used for repetitive sound and this is most definitely repetitive.  It’s not for the dance floor but can embrace you with a trance like sound. I never heard them before this self title release but wish this was the sound in Indian restaurants when sitting down to my authentic experience.

It flows for 76 minutes taking  you aurally on a dreamscape, I’m walking through manchesters bustling strets and am lost in the soundscape of bitchin bajas. I can think of few better ways of avoiding the crowds. It reminds me of a raw food diet. It is something I have no intention of participating in but the idea of it makes perfect sense.

Speaking of raw food, v revolution is not raw but it is 100% vegan like its relatives in Birmingham and London. Vegan junk food that’s not really junk but is processed. I love it here, veg burgers and hot dogs to beat the doom hardcore band. They sell zines and records too. What more do you want.

My soundtrack whilst in here was amistad. Had I had roughneck riot to hand they would have been given a blast as their next album is out on manchesters tns records.  Kept under by a generation of ghosts is amistads wordy album title. passionate hardcore is their sound, not quite up there with bear trade and dauntless elite but that’s a pretty hard standard to meet. I love the tunes and it helped my train journey too.

And so rebellion starts. Blackpools annual homage to punk rock  and all it’s glory. Earlier this year i put out a fanzine and asked 20 people one  question, what does punk rock mean to you?  The answers are as broad as the music on offer at rebellion. Punk rock covers such a diverse range of people and sounds. We have a common bond of a small number of bands from different eras and for many that is the clash, sham 69 or crass. Of course there’s tons more but crass politicised  punk in a way that joe strummer may have wished for but wasnt in a position to implement. They were fully independent with no reliance on a music business that had more than music in its heart. Penny and eve from Crass  opened up the largest venue in the winter gardens as part if this eclectic festival. The empress wasnt at its maximum 3000 people but there was a great crowd for 4 pm on a Thursday afternoon. For penny and eve this was not a chance to appease the crowd looking for their crass classics they grew up on but was a performance, a challenging one that would have been better suited to a smaller venue but the respect the crowd have for this band is immense. They could have done 45 Minutes of silence and we would have been happy.

After Yes Sir I will the manic explosion of noise continued as I raced around trying to soak as much of it in as I could.

4130s have no stylists as their invisible band member. Musically the style is more us than uk hardcore and they graced the new band stage with aplomb.

Billy liar was rocking the acoustic stage with singalong and all. Full of energy, slightly erratic and edgy which keeps you hanging on

Jona Lewie was an interesting addition this year. He made three different appearances. I got the end of his spoken word / interview where he spoke of Levi’s. this was a world away from the Yes Sir i will performance I had just witnessed. I the saw some of his acoustic set. In a word, awful. Not even quirky just bland.

Artur Kitchener. Blues based foot tapping acoustic.  Nothing objectionable.

Back to the empress so, where Infa riot had 1000 people singing along. I have the in for a riot album since its releases nearly 30 years ago and those basic three chord songs haven’t dated as well as I’d hoped. Still that 1000 seemed to enjoy themselves.

Goldblade had us singing along screaming we re gonna riot tonight. Great energy from brother john who hasn’t lost any of the enthusiasm that endeared him to me in 1997 when our paths first crossed. Great singalong songs with a stage show to boot these days!!’

Cyanide pills played garage speed fuelled songs. Tunes with an attitude. Damaged goods always seem to unearth gems and they’ve done so here. 35 mins on and off. Brilliant

I only got a glimpse of the duel due to scheduling but enough to see two tracks of rock and roll punk with a synth

Speaking of synths which are in short supply here i had a quick ging at autopsy boys, 4 men clad in white t-shirts playing horror hardcore that suddenly bounced into electro pop. Synth and hardcore, a new mix

I know this isn’t gonna be too accurate but sometimes you’ve got to say things as you see them. Street dogs remind me of 7 seconds but an oi version. It’s got something to do with the tuneful vocals and crowd interaction of lead singer mike McColgan. Where infa riot seemed to leave their songs on stage despite the best efforts of the band street dogs sound fills the empress. Street punk, heartfelt and meaningful.

Rory McLeod finished off the acoustic stage with a bit of calypso beat to his acoustic along with harmonica. Upbeat way to finish off

I just didn’t have the stamina for more so have to apologise to selector, the dickies, demented are go and tragedy. I missed you, but it’s gonna be a long 4 days

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