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Hope Show 111 – The Lowdown

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Hope Show 111
1. The Blades – The Last Man In Europe
2. Mighty Midgets – Burn After Rolling
3. Wonk Unit – Nan
4. Bad Brains – I and I Survive
5. Jinx Lennon – Conquistadors of Gas
6. Ghost Mice – Samhain
7. Weakerthans – Watermark
8. A Witness – I Love You Mr Disposable Razor
9. The Modern Lovers – Government Center
10. Flies On You – Hangdog
11. Down and Outs – Our Independence Day
12. Down and Outs – Forgotten Streets
13. Antidote – I Don’t Care
14. Eastfield – Three Chords Good, Four Chords Bad
15. The Domestics – Orchestrate Your Pose
16. Billy Liar – Is It Me?
17. Bill Blood – Just Got Paid
18. David Grubbs – A Dream To Help Me Sleep
19. Hands Up Who Wants to die – Burnt Yesterday
20. Stay Clean Jolene – Heads and Breakables
21. Rvivr – Wrong Way / One Way

I love the Blades, They are from DUblin and are at the stage now where they do an annual show. The Last Man In Europe was released in 1986 and sounds like it could have been yesterday.

I wrote a piece about TNS Records, one of the first in my series of labels of the week. It has an extensive and wide reaching catalogue. All comes down to punk rock though. Mighty Midgets are from Denmark and Wonk UNit from London. Power and Pop mixed.

“Why must all people keep on shooting and a robbing
Why must all people keep om killing and a fighting”

What else can you say? Bad Brains. good for many things. I saw a documentary on DC punk during the week and Bad Brains were spoken of as strong influencers and the Rock For Light album really is a groundbreaker. This is one of the few songs that don’t take you on an energetic trail of destruction with its speed.

I picked up a very interesting triple Cd during the week, Songs Of Solidarity and Resistance. Three cd’s full of music and a booklet documenting the Shell to Sea campaign and all the battles along the way for the rossport five. Jinx Lennon’s conquistadors of gas talks of the how many view the taking of Irelands Natural Resources. More infor here

I read with some dissapointment recently that Plan-it-x was shutting for business . So many great releases but it just shows that it is ordinary people behind these great labels and sometimes it’s hard to sustain all the creativity all the while living your life alongside it. You can still get their releases to date from No Idea records

The Weakerthans have released many great albums. This is from the Canadians initial Left And Leaving

A Witness have a strange quirk about their pop and any band that can sing about disposable razors has to garner some respect. Back playing these days, look out for them.

I bought my first ever Modern Lovers record during the week. Of course I have Road runner on many compilations but the Modern Lovers is my first album to own by Johnathan Richman. Better late than never I suppose.

Flies On You have plenty of plans for the year ahead. The two piece from Leeds brought out the etc. album yesterday. A post punk, post goth post everything collection of sounds with the drum machine, guitar axe and steady bass to accompany Doug’s gnarly voice

Down and Out’s have a sizeable back catalog, Liverpool punks usually offer a fast pop punk sound but I picked “Our Independence Day” and “Forgotten Streets” to show their diverse collection for tonights show

Antidote appeared on a punk shit compilation with a song I don’t care, guess they are not interested in being on a radio show either. It’s interesting how many different viewpoints that fall under the punk rock banner, I guess it’s like a classroom, everyone has a different view. We are all individuals after all.

Eastfield are from Birmingham, their understated new album, “Another Boring Eastfield album – a rail punk colection” is out now as is the Domestics Keep it lean, an interesting hardcore band from East Anglia not to be confused with the rock band form Portland.

I’ve seen Billy Liar a couple of times, one vulnerable man and an acoustic guitar. He batters and belts out the chords in a frenetic and energetic setting.

Bill Blood is almost the opposite. Laid back and reflective. One man and his guitar but so many ways to play it. Bill is Niall from Dublin legends, Redneck Manifesto.

The David Grubbs song is from a compilation benefit that has an excellent soundtrack. It is a benefit for producer J. Robbins son Callum and J has produced and played in many great bands. David Grubbs has played in many greats also.

Hands Up Who Wants to Die brought out their Vega In the Lyre album in September 2014. A collection of hard hitting noise rock punk songs as opposed to punk rock noise.

Stay Clean Jolene just have great songs. Why haven’t you got the album yet?

Finishing tonight with RVIVR, I just love this song and would play it every week if i could. Sometimes I go jogging and if I’m struggling up a hill or against the breeze I pop this song on and smile and look for a brighter future. Sing along
“Wrong Way down a one way street, Promising myself that I just don’t care”

 

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Label Of The Week- TNS Records

TNS Records are based in Manchester, England.  They aim to support great underground punk and ska.  That is their mission statement but it’s all too simplistic.

It’s not just a label, home to Wonk Unit, Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, Mighty Midgets and lots more. It is a fanzine, a gig promoter, home to many great all-dayers in Manchester and the Dirty Festival.

A label based in diy and community the latest realease is the Mighty Midgets from Denmark

In 2010 the label were sent a copy of ‘Raising Ruins For the Future’ by Mighty Midgets which started a bond. The combination of ferocious speed, combined with unforgettable melodies was absolutely spot on. It was a game changer. TNS fanzine carried a superlative filled review and promptly ordered some copies to sell in the distro and to spread the word about a fantastic band.

I will let the label take it from there
“It turned out that the guys ran their own label in Denmark; the fantastic 5 Feet Under Records. It was so cool to find a group of people with such similar ideas and ethos to ourselves, who also played such brilliant music. We decided to work together on some projects, the most notable being an International Split, which featured Mighty Midgets, Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, Fist of the North Star (USA) and Broken Aris (Sweden), which was collectively released by TNS, 5 Feet Under and Stikman Records (USA). It’s amazing what can be done when people work together.

This was the start of TNS working outside of the UK and it has continued over the last few years, with UK bands getting released/playing in Scandinavia and Scandinavian acts coming over here. It is an absolute pleasure to continue to work with 5 Feet Under, they are a big part of the TNS family. Mighty Midgets stopped gigging a few years back and we were always disappointed that Raising Ruins was never released on vinyl, so when the guys came to us and said they wanted to rerelease it on 12 inch we were absolutely delighted.”

Similar in vein are anti fascist skate core punks Chewed Up whose split lp with Aggressive punk band Casual Nausea came out late last year

One band getting a lot of attention in the UK punk scene are Wonk unit. I’m still in two minds but their brat punk London style is going down a treat with informed audiences. TNS have released two albums


Speed punks Revenge of the Psychotronic Man have been linked to the label since their inception.

It reminds me of an anarcho related Fat Records, many varied releases all done in a diy style.

Listen to the sampler below

– TNS are dedicated to supporting exciting music at grass roots level.

– We believe in the music ‘scene’ working together as a community making every aspect better for all, discriminating against none.

– TNS is run on a not-for-profit basis. We generally just about cover costs, anything else funds future releases.

– ‘TNS’ bands should be actively involved in supporting other bands and helping them to play in their towns, working as hard as possible to get underground music out to genuine fans.

– TNS oppose pay-to-play gigs, music competitions and money grabbing promotors. Music should never be about competing.

– We believe that music can be a positive force politically, socially and morally, but also that everyone involved should have lots of fun!

If you want to get involved, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

niallhope

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