The Bermondsey Joyriders
6th & 7th December 2013
Bringing Xmas festivities into an immediate explosive entrance over December’s first full weekend, PUNKS ALIVE PRESENTS PUNKMAS 2013 is uncaging two nights of chaos which are set to provide the festive period’s most ferocious and momentous treat. The highly anticipated event at the Adam and Eve in Birmingham is poised to unleash through Friday 6th and 7th of December a rampaging fury of some of the best UK punk bands and a raucous encounter to vigorously shake walls and exhaust energies.
The first night sees Cambridge’s most potent and thought inciting band FREEDOM FACTION discharge their old school punk revelry and antagonism within a storm of defiance bred voracious rock ‘n’ roll provided by a rampant charge of aggressively creative bands and sounds. The quartet of Adam Fudge, Nick Grant, Jez Arnold, and Tom Maddox individually and as the band has been at the heart of the local and nationwide punk scene since the ‘80s creating punk rock of the purest undiluted intent. Signed to and supported eagerly by FFRUK Records, who enthusiastically say about the band that they have “always found them to be a breath of fresh air”, Freedom Faction from recently completing debut album 'Another Quality Caper' have a hunger and energy sure to turn the night into one of the most memorable this year hand in hand alongside their fellow antagonists.
Copywrite Svenja Block 2013
The event is headlined by two of the UKs hardcore legends in BROKEN BONES and ENGLISH DOGS, both bands raging and setting standards since the ‘80’s and part of the re-ignition of punk at that time as the first wave of the genre in Britain lost impetus. They have continued to make an uncompromising impact through releases and especially live, persistently helping to ensure that British punk continues to inspire and incite, and this event is more than just another gig.
Add the likes of DECLARATION OF WAR, FUCK OFF BROTHERS, FEAR INSIGHT, BLACK WIDOWS, 1000 SCARS, and many more fearsomely passionate and destructively inventive bands into the mix, and Punkmas 2013 is primed to bring a thrilling and unforgettable riot to the year and Xmas itself which will richly mark punk history.
By Pete RingMaster
Conflict Confirm Another London Appearance
At The Garage
SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER 2013
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Colin Jerwood Conflict
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Whether London is prepared for the fall-out only time will tell but anarcho-punk legends CONFLICT will be taking no prisoners when they incinerate the city with their voraciously antagonistic and passionately defiant sound at THE GATHERING OF THE 500. Led by founding member and frontman Colin Jerwood, the South London ‘Voice Of Rebellion’ has sculpted an all-day event poised to go down in aural protest and passion spilled history. The gig has already spawned a feverish anticipation and demand, so much so that a second date is following swiftly on its heels as Conflict leads the capital on a weekend of intensive and thrilling confrontation.
Supported by a mouth-watering torrent of some of the strongest impacting and creatively inspiring bands around, Conflict will thrust The Underworld, Camden into a tempest of mutinous and anthemic punk rabble-rousing on Saturday, 7th December. The headliners will add an incendiary flame to a day sure to be already burning intensely from the host of prime agitators on the bill.
UK giants SUBHUMANs will be bringing their hardcore belligerence and excellence to the event alongside the anarchist ingenuity and diversity of Irish punks PARANOID VISIONS, a band still fresh and fired up from the acclaimed release of new album When…? with former Crass frontman Steve Ignorant.
This alone is enough to pack the walls of the venue but with the exciting addition of THE LOST CHERREES, LIBERTY, SLUG, DESTROY DC, FALLEN BRAKES and much more, it is no surprise that the show has recently been sold out and rabidity is soaking the anticipation of all luck to be going.
That fevered demand for the event has led Conflict to arrange another CONFLICT IN LONDON show the following day, Sunday 8th December at The Garage, London.
Called THE GATHERING PART TWO and an all-day benefit for KEITH MANN of the A.L.F. who was diagnosed with an incurable cancer, there is no less an impressive and breath-taking depth of musical causticity and inciting reformist strength to be found in the second day’s line-up of bands. With more artists still to be announced, Conflict and the event will be supported and punctuated by inciting luminaries such as GRAND COLLAPSE, SLUG, DROPPING BOMBS, BLACK STAR DUB COLLECTIVE, AUTONOMADS, and DEFCON ZERO, as well as numerous stalls and speakers from The Animal Liberation Movement.
Both events are poised to leave an indelible legacy and a thought provoking mark on all those attending. Conflict are taking the throat and passion of London by a sinew clad grip over two days of the most potent sounds and evocative protestation, apathy that weekend will have no place to meander.
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Receiving its debut vinyl release last month, Too Many Punks Are Dead the new album from UK punk inciters Menace is another to prove that not only is there fight in the old dogs of punk but there is a passionate and creative rabidity still able to teach the genre a thing or two. When you place it’s re-release alongside the likes of this year’s offering from UK Subs, Steve Ignorant and Paranoid Visions, and 4 Past Midnight to name just three, it has been a potent year from the ‘old timers’ as they all continue to inspire generations. Menace predated most punk bands, forming in 1976, their uncluttered direct sound a spark for the likes of Sham 69, The Cockney Rejects, and arguably the Oi! movement from within punk, though they never did get the full credit they deserved when in full rage and since, but as their latest album shows the band has lost none of its contagious belligerence with maturity and time, and certainly none of its ability to sculpt addictive riots. August 1976 saw the line-up of Morgan Webster, Noel Martin, Charlie Casey, and Steve Tannett come together soon followed by their debut gig at the now legendary Roxy. The show was attended by Miles Copeland from Step Forward and Illegal Records who signed Menace straight away. Though fans flocked to the band and their sound, they were basically ignored by media and label for whatever reasons leading to them splitting in 1979 after the release of their single Final Vinyl which contained the classic anthems Last Years Youth and Carry No Banners. After the split members of the band went on to play in Vermillion and the Aces before with a keen hunger around for Menace, the band reformed in the late nineties. A couple of EPs for German label Knockout Records and two albums via Captain Oi! in 2001 and 2004 followed to strong acclaim as was No Escape From Nowhere of 2008. Recorded and self-released as the previous album, in 2011 on CD only the well-received Too Many Punks Are Dead is a thumping bruising of prime genre invention and animosity, which with its limited edition vinyl uncaging, the release restricted to a pressing of 500, with 200 black, 200 red and 100 white vinyl copies, reminds us again of one of the genre’s important bands, past and present. The first side of the album barges the ear with the dirty rock ‘n’ roll of Thank God I’m An Atheist, riffs and rhythms a predatory incitement providing the perfect canvas for the vocals to unleash their antagonistic narrative. The heavy throaty bass sound is an immediate lure which steals attention throughout song and release, its rabidity the intensive backbone the band swings hooks, anthemic grooves, and chants from. The track is a formidable introduction soon matched and exceeded by the outstanding I Don’t Care. With a touch of early Damned to it as well as a rich essence of Ruts, the song is a virulently contagious riot rife with inventive hooks and inspiring enterprise not forgetting compelling aggressive seduction. Both the title track and its successor United match and drive the album deeper into the passions. The first is simply a respectful roll call of punk greats no longer with us, an impacting homage and reflection on so many who have shaped bands and punk rock as a whole. With a musical wrapping which ignites the primal rocker in us all the track is a tremendous exploit igniting nostalgia and hungry satisfaction. The second of the two swaggers in on an infectious tsunami of rhythms to which the guitars align blazes of rock riffs as vocals whip up thoughts and passions. The bass again brings an extra lick of the lips for its heavyweight prowling and as a whole the song and band again draws and exploits the primal pleasure and anarchy in us all. As My Very Good Friend brings the A side to a close it is hard to remember Menace sounding this good and predacious musically and emotionally since those early days. The last track opens with a slow female and male vocal croon alongside a lone guitar, their reflective stroking capturing thoughts for a following ska punk eagerness to stomp through the ear. The track veers more on the punk side as it saunters along but with a healthy flame of jagged guitar to tease and coax the listener’s appetite, the track is a thrilling mix of Angelic Upstarts and The Vox Dolomites but uniquely Menace. The second side immediately seizes the senses in a fury of belligerent punk revelry with firstly the rapacious Party Animal, another ridiculous infectious anthem, and then the excellent toxicity of Get Out There, niggling grooves an incendiary temptation within the bruising and intimidating viscous sounds. The tracks continue the impressive presence and stature of the release, the pair lingering imprints on the memory and passions as is the outstanding Busy which soon follows equipped with that instinctively resonating bass call and addiction sparking hooks. Leave Me Alone is a raw eyeballing argumentative squall, an agonistic encounter which stands toe to toe with its intended and pulls them into a mouthwatering call to arms before passing them onto the enjoyable acoustically borne rocker We Are The Boys. Both songs bring the album to a thrilling conclusion though there is still room for a bonus track, the brilliant One Two One Two, vintage punk at its ridiculously anthemic and riotous best. It is a brilliant end to a cracking album and though there is not quite a GLC or a Carry No Banners on it, the Rebel Sound released Too Many Punks Are Dead has a wealth of tracks to show the emerging punks of today how to craft and unleash real punk rock whilst showing Menace is as influential and irresistible as ever.
3 DAFT MONKEYS – Of Stones & Bones: 3 Daft Monkeys are an acoustic band from Cornwall who’s musical influences range from dub, punk rock right through to traditional folk music. Never heard much by them until this album came through and I bloody well love them now! ‘Of Stones & Bones’ is filled with energy from start to finish and with tracks such as ‘Agnes The Giant Killer’, ‘The Lovers Of Porthgwarra Cove’, ‘World On It’s Head’ and ‘The Pellars Of Zennor’. Oh man this is banging. If you’ve not heard 3 Daft Monkeys before you must have a listen to this album! 9/10
ANE BRUN – Rarities: Ane Brun has been in the music business for 10 years and celebrated it by releasing a ‘Best Of..’ album. After many requests Ane has now released an album filled with rare and unreleased material which I now have in my hands. This is a double album filled with twenty awesome tracks which I must admit surprised me as artists tend to fill these albums with fillers. Not Ane Brun though! This is top quality material! Check out tracks such as her covers of ‘Aint No Cure For Love’ and ‘She Belongs To Me’ and then there’s her own tracks such as ‘Daring To Love’ and ‘Orphan Girl’, If you’ve not heard of Ane Brun before then this album is excellent place to start! 9/10
BIG SEXY NOISE – Collision Course / Trust The Witch: This super group consists of Lydia Lunch, James Johnston and Ian White of Gallon Drunk. This double CD consists of their live album as well as live show recorded in Italy. Both discs contain high quality and energy filled music from start to finish. It’s times like this that I’m glad I enjoy music so much. It was a sheer pleasure hearing Lydia Lunch and Co delivering some great music. 8/10
by Rupert George
Published on Oct 22, 2013
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