The Future of Punk: Heavy Drapes Interview

Has punk lost its energy and direction after 40 years? Has it become a formula? Can you combine influences as diverse as Crass, the Damned, Hanoi Rocks and Morrissey? The new Scottish rockers, Heavy Drapes, combine a punky energy and style with a brash attitude and songs that pack a mighty punch. Live, as I … Continue reading The Future of Punk: Heavy Drapes Interview

Interrobang‽ Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI_Mljg8DGg   How do you follow up on the most unlikely global hit pop song ever? A song, perhaps best known for the infectious chorus, ‘I get knocked down, but I get up again’, scorched across the global pop charts some years ago. Its title was Tubthumbping and the collective responsible for it were Chumbawamba … Continue reading Interrobang‽ Interview

Interview: Kim Clark Champniss. “Joy Division Changed My Life.” Canadian author talks about punk, interview techniques, music and life. And shows what to do when John Lydon walks out of a Sex Pistols interview!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6FLkt9gD7I One of Canada’s most celebrated music experts, KCC is probably best known as a broadcaster, both on radio and TV. Yet beyond the music there is the man, and his autobiography is a gripping account of a life lived at times in the margins of society where music is a constant companion and driving … Continue reading Interview: Kim Clark Champniss. “Joy Division Changed My Life.” Canadian author talks about punk, interview techniques, music and life. And shows what to do when John Lydon walks out of a Sex Pistols interview!

Paranoid Visions talk about Rebellion festival

One of the most-talked about events at the Rebellion festival this year was the collaboration between Steve Ignorant from Crass and Dublin’s punk stalwarts, Paranoid Visions. They took to the stage in front of one of the biggest crowds of the festival. For anyone who has been following Paranoid Visions since their early days this … Continue reading Paranoid Visions talk about Rebellion festival

Gareth Murphy on early punk, entrepreneurs and women

  One of the best books about the music industry is Gareth Murphy’s Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Music Industry. More than just a standard history, the book focuses on the individuals who made huge changes to the industry. People who founded record labels, often as D.I.Y. enterprises on a shoe-string budget. … Continue reading Gareth Murphy on early punk, entrepreneurs and women

Rebellion 2017 Protex

https://youtu.be/Vj2I-Z0B-oQ The pioneering punk/new wave bands of Northern Ireland including the Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers and Rudi didn't just write great songs, they wrote great pop songs. Of course we didn't appreciate it at the time but they didn't just write pop songs for the moment, they wrote songs that stood the test of time. … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Protex

Rebellion 2017 Petrol Girls

Petrol Girls The reason why a festival like Rebellion is such a goldmine for me is that you can discover fantastic new bands that deliver on every level. And so it was with the mighty Petrol Girls. In fact this afternoon's trio, the Membranes, Interrobang, and Petrol Girls indicate why punk is so interesting, even … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Petrol Girls

Rebellion 2017 Heavy Drapes

Heavy Drapes Another band I hadn't seen before, Heavy Drapes had the '77 style with shades and Vivienne Westwood DIY designer punk gear. They also had infectious melodies, the sound that brought sixties dream pop/rock into the punk scene in the first place. The tunefulness and power of bands like the Small Faces, as well … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Heavy Drapes

Rebellion 2017 The Membranes and the Choir of Choirs

The Membranes and the choir Just when you think that it's all been done, that punk/DIY/independent music can be placed into a nice, neat category alongside comes a 'happening' that is inspiring, creative, funny and life-affirming. I don't want to say too much about the Membranes and the choir...because if you missed it, well, you … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 The Membranes and the Choir of Choirs

Rebellion 2017 The Sophie Lancaster Conversation: Dead for Being Different

Some things in life are difficult to think about, you'd prefer they weren't there, that you could turn your head away. But life isn't simple, it isn't right, it certainly isn't fair. It might seem like an odd thing to have at a festival, but it says so much about the punk community that space … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 The Sophie Lancaster Conversation: Dead for Being Different