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This weeks news September 14

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This weeks news September 14

Now that was a good week for gigs – Jello with Guantanamo School of Medicine on a bill with Sissy and Paranoid Visions last Wednesday in the Button Factory. And then two days later the Ex in Whelans. Something else. Spolied for choice again this week with Danko Jones, Sissy + Exploding Eyes, Sleaford Mods, XSLF + Hooligan and Disguise all on over the next 7 days

Some good music being released too
UK diy trio Grubs have just released ‘It Must Be Grubs’, a short-spanning but instantly charming first work. Spanning eleven tracks, ‘It Must Be Grubs’ blitzes through ramshackle, energised garage rock without ever looking back. Like hitching on a bike, riding downhill and realising the brakes don’t work, it’s a chaotic journey into the unknown, more rough-edged and free-spirited with every song. ‘Windwaker’ shakes off mid-week blues, while ‘Good Timez’ ends things on an all-smiles moment of rejoice.
There’s always a happy ending with this record. The band consists of Joanna Gruesome members Owen Williams and Roxy Brennan (also in Two White Cranes and Towel) and former
DIY scribe / champion of fashion Jake May. ‘It Must Be Grubs’ officially out came out on Friday 11th September on Reeks of Effort.

One of the best podcasts I’ve listened to is turned out a punk . It features a conversatio with someone sho was influneced by punk rock and is a great document of our movement. One of the more interesting ones is a conversation with Danko Jones. Whilst the music of Danko Jones was too steeped in metal for my ears I never realised how much Danko identified with punk and hardcore. They are in Whelans on September 18

With the September 18 release of their forthcoming second LP Sun Coming Down fast approaching, Ought have now shared a full stream of their new album one week prior to release. Including the smouldering yet introspective fan-favourite “Beautiful Blue Sky” and thrilling album-opener “Men For Miles”, these are two gems in this album of many…
OUGHT’S NEW ALBUM SUN COMING DOWN out now on Constellation Sun Coming Down maintains the band’s tight, twitchy and economical sound, with the unfussy, understated rhythm section of drummer
Tim Keen and bassist Ben Stidworthy anchoring Tim Darcy’s electric guitar and Matt May’s fuzzed-out keys (sounding, as often as not, like a second guitar). Ought pursue an artistically apposite austerity in committing these new songs to tape, referencing the arid and unvarnished production of no-wave and early indie rock while balancing carved-out angularity against an evolving comfort with textural coalescences and measured pacing. It makes for an album that’s consistently, insistently propulsive but also feels unhurried and pleasantly unhyped. Songs like ‘Beautiful Blue Sky’ (already a fan favourite from live shows) and ‘Never Better’ unfold with gradual and deliberate ebb and flow, where scratchy guitars play like dappled shards of light on gently roiling waves of bass and organ; ‘The Combo’ and ‘Celebration’ keep things crisp and concise. Darcy’s voice and lyrics continue to distinguish and define the personality of the band: his blend of ironic detachment, declarative insistence, fragmentary stammering poetics, and the occasional direct aside to the listener, finds various ways to weave within or drive through the mixes. Sun Coming Down confirms the distinctive vitality and purposive naturalism of this band; Ought resists facile primitivism and
overhyped dynamics in equal measure, keeping things hermetic but never airless, ascetic but never dispassionate, literate but never prolix. The band’s steady and subtle charms don’t make them the cool kids or the iconoclastic freaks – just a satisfyingly unrefined and substantive rock band that eschews indulgence or aesthetic bandwagoneering to seek a humble, thoughtful corner from which to articulate a position within and contribute meaningfully to a 40-year continuum of indie, punk and DIY tradition.

Forthcoming Gigs

danko Jones + The Amorettes – Whelans – September 18

Sissy + Exploding Eyes + Shrug Life – Sweeneys – September 19

Sleaford Mods – Hangar – September 19

XSLF + Hooligan – Fibber Magees – September 19

La Misma + Disguise + Overbite + Surge – Tenterhooks – September 20

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Whelans – September 26

The Winter Passing + Chewing on tinfoil + Kates party + Driveaway – Grand Social September 26

Wheatus – Whelans – September 28

B Dolan – Wormkans Club – September 29

We Shall Overcome – Dublin – October 2-4

Hard Working Class Heroes – Dublin – October 2+3

Juan Wauters + No Monster Club – Whelans – October 4

The Lemonheads – Academy – October 5

Hey Rosetta – Workmans Club – October 9

Giveamanakick – Whelans – October 10

Nothing Clean – Tenterhooks – October 10

Cockney Rejects – Grand Social – October 10

Inner Terrestials + Dubtones + Suckin Diesel + Jobseekers + Kluster-Fux – Fibber Magees – October 16

English Dogs – Fibber Magees – October 23

dAVID kITT – wHELANS – oCTOBER 24

Litovsk – Dublin – October 25

US Girls – Whelans – October 25

Liturgy – Whelans – October 26

Dragster + Angry Itch + Stop start Again + Black Pitts + Jobseekers – Fibbers – October 30

Deer hunter button factory – November 1

Slaves – The Academy – November 5

Girl Band – Button Factory – November 7

Stiff Little Fingers – The Academy – November 13

Coitus + Paranoid Visions + Coldwar + Liberty – Fibbers – November 14

Mercury Rev – Button Factory November 22

Chelsea Wolfe – Button Factory November 25

Peter Hook and the Light – The Academy – November 27

OM – Button Factory – November 28

Therapy – Button Factory December 11

The Selecter – The Academy – December 11

Bad Manners – The Academy – december 28

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Hard Skin – The One That Got Away 7″

Hard Skin
The Ones That Got Away / The Bovver Boys Don’t Bother Anymore
JT Classics

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New 7″ from everones favourite anti fascist skinhead punk band. Musicall they take all the best Oi tunes flavoured with cockney accents, as that was the language of the Oi scene.

This is a double A-sided 7″ in true punk rock fashion on orange vinyl too. Sing along basic punk songs that are made all the better for being a slight parody. Hard Skin aren’t afraid to laugh at themselves but deep down the songs have got a good tune and that makes it worthwhile.

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Rebellion 2014 – Day 3

tv smith acoustic room at rebellion 2014

Jello at rebellion

Rebellion 2014 day 3

There’s just so much to get through at this festival even as I arrive today

For instance Hannah rickard and the relatives playing their doo wop rockabilly or Louise Distras discussing here career to date

The literary stage had a great lineup his afternoon. The clashes first drummer Tory crimes (better known I suppose for his real name as terry chimes) was to regale us with some stories and got stuck in traffic (maybe he drove up with Patrik Fitzgerald) . No matter where you turn in this beautiful old building the clash are never far away, be that in spirit or on posters!!! Before terry came was due on mark perry from atv and, more importantly sniffin glue fanzine, spoke to rhoda dakar about punk scene in early days and had a great style of chat.

It’s great to hear stories of fanzines and photocopied montages. Mark didn’t really want to write but e wanted to be involved. As bear trade still sing “Let’s get involved”

Terry was still in the “traffic jam” so jello Biafra gave us tales of occupy and some straight talk. I mosied off to see vice squad playing to a decent crowd at the empress. Always enjoyed these punk tunes with that slight metal edge.

Loaded 44 aren’t too disimilar, less metal but still rocky female fronted punk rock.

The argies are, as their name suggests, from Argentina. Spirited fast punks oi sound. Great tight powerful set

Hard skin are another rebellion institution where we stand back and get absurd and laugh and sing along. They are serious when speaking about being anti fascist but all else is a wonderful story of sing along punk rock I love hard skin and shout along to beat the band

The requiem of the acoustic room is next somewhere to sit and enjoy proceedings. But it doesn’t stay peaceful for long as goldblade bash cardboard boxes and acoustic guitars for their set. There is no barrier between band and audience as brother john invites us all up on stage. If things don’t work they can be improvised. We were host to a legion Of camera phones as lead singer john Robb led us around the winter gardens singing at the top of our voices. Pure punk rock

The cravats were in in the pavilion so I had a listen to their quirky full sound for a few songs. Tight and off the wall

Ruts dc are incredible. No need to say more, words don’t do them justice. I love them. The standing ovation of a completely packed out acoustic room is a sign of the respect the ruts dC peers have for them. As I said, incredible

Tv smith sums it all up during his set “the rich don’t have even 1%of the community we have here” the audience is eating out of his hand. A big night for the acoustic room
He plays for 90 minutes and finishes with guests coming on stage for three adverts songs. A privilege to be in their presence. The second standing ovation of the night too

Paranoid visions are another institution at rebellion. This is the best live set I’ve seen them play here. Songs Full of anger, they have released an album with Steve ignorant sharing vocal duties. It’s hard for the anger to still rise to the surface after all this time but the visions pull it off

And so I troop off to bed, knowing I leave sets by jaya the cat, killing joke, spizz energi and king kurt behind. It’s after midnight, I’ve been here 12 hours is that not enough?

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Hope Show 34 – the lowdown

Hope Show 34 – for absent friends

1. Rocket Juice and the moon – Hey Shooter
2. Grant Hart – The Argument
3. Mike Watt – Against The 70’s
4. Goldblade – Riot Riot
5, Panthro U.K. United 13 – Sound of a gun
6. The Evens – Wonder Why
7. Matana Roberts – Secret Covens
8. Barry McCormack – The Road to Tyrellspass
9. Glimmermen – Peace at Last
10. David Grubbs – A Dream to help me sleep
11. Midday Veil – Sun Stone
12. Hunx and His Punx – Mud In Your Eyes
13. Blast – Winding Down
14. Funeral Oration – Still IN A Punk Band
15. The Pukes – GLC
16. Zounds – Deportee
17. The Lives Of Millionaires – Act One Scene One
18. Southport – Fade Away

My daughter is getting into the Red Hot Chili Peppers and she switched me on to Rocket Juice and the moon. It is a collabaration between Damon Albarn, Flea and Tony Allen. It’s an interestng album shooting off in all quandrants with a very funky background (funky bassline, who’d have imagined that?)

I played Grant Hart a coule of weeks ago but want to get back to this album. I’m feeling pretty nostalgic today. I’m thinking of Seamus Heaneys family and how the death of one man has received pretty much universal approval in expressing sadness and empathy. His 2 sons have been to a few Hope gigs and one of them played drums in the Lawnmowers. Mike Watt featured heavily in their musical education so I’ve played Grant and Mike for them.

I’m also nostalgic because my son lost his Semi-Final today. He loves uplifting music and what is more uplifting than Goldblade . We played this song as a battle cry last night. Didn’t work though!!

Panthro UK United 13 is some mouthful. This band changed their name to Black Cougar SHock Unit but along the way released a criminally underated album, this is from that

The Evens released their third album this year, the odds. I’m just throwing this in so You don’t forget it.

Matana Roberts is a really interesting person, full of free jazz and rhythms that will have you all over the place. I played Secret Covens as it’s 1min53secs – didn’t want to get you too worried

I’ve been thinking of Dublins history a lot of late. I visted the excellent Dublin Tenement Experience and would have been at the lockout commemoration today if it hadn’t of been for the aforementioned semi-final. Rather than delving into our history I’ve taken the recent album by Barry McCormack (well 5 years is recent) and the new album by Glimmermen to celebrate Dublin today. And I won’t mention the All-Ireland Semi Final v Kerry as that could well be over by the time you read this.

David Grubbs voice is one I could listen to forever. I first came across him in Squirrel Bait and then Bastro. This rickets and scurvyy album is a beauty. No other word for it don’t ya think

Midday veil have a new album called Current (how long this that title stay relevant for?) coming out next month on Translinguistic Other. This is from that, I’m looking forward to the album.

I’m enjoying the Hunx and His Punx album, more than I should I suppose. It’s raw punk rock us style. Not too disimilar to Black Flag (who I played last week) and Blast who are next. Actually totally not similar at all but coming from the same place if that can be possible

I love Funeral Oration – tuneful punk rock from the Netherlands that dabbles in a US hardcore sound. They didn’t play rebellion this year but would have been a welcome addition.

The Pukes and Zounds both played Rebellion and gave me the opportunity to get both these records and share them with you. I played Deportee as it is a poignant memory of times when people left Ireland to travel unfriendly land, much like what this country has become. 100 years after the lockout what has changed? Maybe we drink coffee and wine and have nicer clothes?

The lives of millionaires remind me of the world we are chasing, the world of bankers and big bucks, the world we hope isn’t too alluring for others, but we just can’t seem to change it can we?

In memory of Big Jim Larkin, James Connolly and Seamus heaney I play Fade Away by Southport who have just announced their decision to stop playing as a band (damn shame).

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Hooligan – No Blacks no Dogs, No Irish

Hooligan

No Blacks No Dogs No Irish

hooligan album cover

It’s amazing how life cycles around. Todays empires, tomorrows ashes is how propogandhi summed it up. When people emigrated from this country to UK and elsewhere many weren’t greeted with open arms. Signs popped up all over the UK, “No Blacks No Dogs No Irish” was the message from shop windows for those seeking work or homes for those seeking accommodation. Eventually times cchanged and the Irish community grew in large numbers in the UK.

We then experience some positive times in this country as our infrastructure improved. As this got better larger numbers of menial jobs were created which irish people didn’t want to do. as people came in from abroad to take up employement that domestic workers wanted no part in our own racism increased. It’s the worse indicment of the nation that has people in all corners of the globe that we do not welcome immigrants with open arms.

This song talks about how irish people were treated but we mustin’t forget how the cycle has continued. Hooligan have very much a street punk sound. This sound has its roots firmly in punk rock in 1977. The Clash and SLF are the closest two. it’s all good toe tapping stuff and with words to get a conversation going it is always positive.

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Track by track – the lazy way

1. No Black, No dogs, No irish – Clash and Reggae inspired with sax sound

2. Calling Joe Strummer – is that RnB sound and definite Clash mix

3. Cops and Robbers – Almost SLF feel

4. Bandit Country – 77 punk with lyrics harking back to that time

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Hope Show 33 – the lowdown

the lowdonw on tonights show

1. Ted Leo – Bottled IN Cork
2. football, etc – red zone
3. The Draft – Impossible
4. Shorebirds – Upside Down
5. Wrecks – NOT
6. The Pukes – Will I learn
7. Glimmermen – There Was a Boy
8. Hooligan – No Black, No Irish, No Dogs
9. Moldy Peaches – Nothing Came Out
10. Only Strangers – After Dark
11. The Roughneck Riot – Ignorance Is Easy
12. Keith Morris – Nervous Breakdown
13. No Age – I WOn’t be your generator
14. Ryan Adams – Nervous Brea
15. Black Flag – Six Pack
16. Wringer – Closed Book
17. Drenge – Bloodsports
18. Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros – Mega Bottle Ride
19. The Clash – Complete Control
20. The Clash – Armagideon Time

Ted Leo is a favourite in my house, no song more popular than Bottled In Cork. the kids love singing aloing, it’s kind of our road song

I got a compilation recently from No idea records and like the name of football etc, what other reason do you need to play a song?

For a while I thought they had some link to the draft and got caught out trying to check it out, Turns out football, etc have an album called the draft.

No to be confused with The Draft, who have an album called IN a Million Pieces, which Impossible is taken from. The album is on epitaph but the draft have people from Hot Water music which are linked to No Idea records

as are Shorebirds. Ex latterman, Jawbreaker and rvivr – what a pedigree. They have an excellent album, It’s Gonna Get Ugly

I played a track from the Wrecks new ep, on the last show. I’m debuting another one from the Ep tonight, called NOT. Wrecks feature two people from Slice of Life, who feature Steve Ignorant on Vocals and sound nothing like this.

I saw the Pukes a couple of weeks ago and it was a blast. over 20 people on stage, most of them playing ukelele and blasting out punk covers. Their new 7″ has 3 covers and 1 (not so) original. This is their original.

I missed the Glimmermen album launch due to the Pukes but I stillmanaged to get the record and it’s a winner. You should try it out.

This is turning into a home based set. Hooligan’s new Ep, No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs is out now and this talks abut a different era when Irish people weren’t welcome abroad.

I came across Moldy Peaches through the movie Juno. I had heard

them but they were on my list of bands to check out…..eventually. That eventually was ehen I saw Juno and loved the anti-folksy lo-fi sound. Nothing came out is from their s/t album

I only came across Only Strangers because their friends ROughneck Riot posted about them on facebook. The power of Social media eh

I reviewed Roughneck Riot for my blog and compared them to the Men They Couldn’t Hang. I just get that Ironmasters vibe from them all the time. I played a song last week and gave it the wrong title. That was called Waiting to DIe. TOnight’s one is Ignorance Is Easy. All my men they couldn’t hang stuff is on

vinyl but listen to Ironmasters and see if you get the connection.

although it’s more obvious in other songs (he says covering himself)

I interviewed No age earlier this week and was asked to ask their favourite SST record. They picked Nervous Breakdown by Black Flag, this small set is for No age. I love the new record so I’ve mixed them in with 2 versions of Nervous Breakdown and for good measure Six Pack

Wringer is a new band to me, from US. They have an album out

called Bullfighter which this is from, pretty cool record

Another new one is Drenge from UK. Bloodsports is from their debut

s/t lp and it’s keeping with the theme I suppose – remember though using animals for your personal pleasure is just wrong so don’t bullfight or hunt

There was a lot made out this week because it would have been the birthday of a certain dead Irish musician, Phil Lynott. I never really cared for his music while he was alive so wasn’t sharing in the celebrations, however one man I was quietly celebrating was Joe Strummer who would have been 61. My dog is named after the great man and we sang this song and the rest for Joe during the week

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Roughneck Riot – This is our day lp

roughneck riot
This Is Our Day

Bomber Music
roughneck riot

So we have an assembled group of musicians complete with tattoos guitars, bass, drums, ukelele, accordion. Armed with a manifesto of making the world a better place, ready to scream it out, ready to take you with them. “Is there anybody out there that can see what I see.. Question everything… Ignorance Is Easy when you’re told what to believe”. So what’s not to like for an Irish person?

Roughneck Riot have been compared to the likes of Real McKenzies, Dropkick Murphys and bands that have taken punk / hardcore and given it a traditional (maybe Irish folksy) with the addition of those non punk rock instruments. Of course we can say the Pogues started it off and these have taken it a step further but listening to the record there is one band that screams out to me. The Men They Couldn’t Hang. I remember the Men did a tour in ireland in the late 80’s and we followed them to as many gigs as possible. There was an urgency to their music that equated to many punk bands rebelling at the time. However the Men they couldn’t Hang were armed with mandolins and acoustic guitars. They were proudly anti-fascist and spoke of the dire conditions in Britain that they were living in. They were proud to support the miners in their battle and all workers in their fight for their rights. Listening to This Is Our Day I am reminded of those days. The gig in Drogheda Boxing Club when we were ready to take whatever fight we were asked to the people.

Of course since those days, many bands have come and gone and have kept us on that garden path. Roughneck Riot are a welcome addition and when they sing “All across the nation a distinct lack of patience, we sing our contempt in such imperfect cadence, in the hope that one day, we’ll make just one small change” I am screaming it with them knowing we are making small steps along the way.

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