A celebration of Sunny Days are here again fanzine exhibition
Cork City Library August 16-27
Days just seem to fly by. You can have many good intentions and time prevents these from taking fruition. That was the case wiith the recent Fanzine exhibtion which was on in Cork City Library. The timing of it was to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the tmioe Nirvana played Sir henry’s in Cork with Sonic youth. I didn’t go to the Dublin version of this gig as I wasn’t rushing out to see bands play “BIG” gigs. I was young (enough) and idealistic. My gigs were diy and rarely did I venture beyond this. There are exceptions (I did see Sonic Youth with Teenage Fan Cluib – and Nirvana in the Point with the Breeders and Teenage Fan Club – there’s a link between these two). In August 1991 Nirvana were on the cusp of something, nevermind was about to be released and commentators were about to have the chance to say a band changed the face of the music industry once more.
Circa 91 is a celebration of Cork at that time. A great little read with contributions from people who were involved in the thriving music scene of the time. Cork is s small enough big city, most venues within walking distance and once you got into the City you accessability was not an issue. Many great bands travelled there and good music sprang up. This kis a celebration of a strong independent community and a great artefact to have to really document an important part of our music history
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It’s very rare that a record label gets a description incorrect of one of its bands. They know them best, theiy know their secret likes and all that goes into the wiritng of their songs. So when their record label, lavidaesunmus, describe Mystic Inane as “Freaked out FLIPPER meets RUDIMENTARY PENI acid punk from New Orleans who channels the weird vibes of earlier SACCHARINE TRUST and battles them against modern distorted hardcore creating a hybrid soundtrack to a bad trip.” there is no point in me arguing for something else.
It drifts along at a fuzzed out speed as indeed is as confusing as it is exciting
This week it is Scott McLauchlan from the excellent Brassneck Records who have a full roster of great tuneful hardcore bands
All + China Drum London 1994
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/