Rebellion 2017 – Day 3

Rebellion 2017 Day 3

My introduction to los Fastidios came a few years ago. They had just finished an Irish tour that I missed out on. Their background is in oi music. They proudly proclaim football as an interest but also are anti fascist and animal rights exponents. Sure what’s not to like. Sing along intelligent anthems from Italy were the perfect post lunch punk tunes and as the new album proclaims the sound of revolution.

My journey to Rebellion music festival started when my brothers were bringing home/ punk records in the late 70’s early 80’s. I then started buying my own tapes and records and wrote to as many people as possible. AOA were one of the bands I wrote to. 35 years ago. I did an interview with them in my fanzine at the time and here they are now, singing anarcho punk songs to us. The topics they sing about are still the same with words being screamed on stage that none of us have any chance of understanding. Thankfully they talk between songs and have information on their records.

Radical Dance Faction were regular visitors to Ireland in the 90’s, amazing night how it doesn’t seem all that long ago. They are still banging out their white reggae whit lost post punk vocal.

The rhythmites played with nomeansno in mcgonagles, their reggae beat being the equivalent of what major promoters used to play through the speakers before the main band would come along. We decided we would provide our own soundtrack that night with nomeansno and rhythmites are still dancing to the revolution

The GAKK are from Dundalk and had their travelling home crowd out, complete with Dundalk fc flag. They play 77 style strong punk rock, lots of clash and ruts references. The travelling crew all ventured along to see Steve Ignorant and Paranoid Visions, but three days on veggie burgers meant I needed to get something else to eat. Amazingly Blackpool now has a vegan restaurant and top quality too. It meant missing out o. A selection of classic Crass, flux and Poison Girls songs being played by Paranoid Visions with vocal assistance from Steve a Ignorant. Some things you just have to live to regret.

My interest in bands like AOA slightly decreased when hardcore bands from Washington DC hit my radar, Scream being one of them. Today was special day, seeing Scream up on stage. I have been suspicious for years about bands reforming for events like this but as an attendee I sure am glad Scream are back. So tight, so good and with audience participation and a Bad brains cover to boot. Dave Ruffy, from The Ruts DC, will face competition for “drummer who makes it all look ao easy” as Kent played at breakneck speed right through and didn’t look like he broke a sweat. This was a lesson on hardcore history and I could quite easily have gone home content after this set

It was a huge contrast seeing the Tuffragettes. These, along with Brattakus and Petrol Girls are vital bands for our day. These are modern day Scream, they sound nothing like them but the energy and enthusiasm as shining. Synth punk smashing the stereotypes

Louise Distras played two sets tonight, her electric show last time was in the main Empress Ballroom but it was good to see her on the smaller Pavillion stage as well as acoustic. Tonight louise asked us all to fall in love and don’t fall in line. Wise words indeed that we all sang along to.

Ruts DC need no explaining. Part of the rebellion furniture at this stage, as vital as Steve Ignorant and TV Smith and as revered and respected as Cock Sparrer or any band that plays here. SUch good songs that have stood any test time may want to pass on. I danced and danced and delighted in the fact that I was here and this was happening.

Angelic upstarts had a huge crowd in the empress. Working class spokespeople and the 2,500 people were ready to give the fox a gun in any effort to bring back hunting. The upstarts have been on the go since 1977, 2 years prior to scream’s inception. Their tunes are more direct and as I wondered about the difference between the two bands I heard Mensi proclaiming from stage he will be the next James Bond and how surprised he was that “the lasses weren’t all rushing to the stage”. Their debut single “Teenage warning” came on and I then thought I noticed pete from gold blade and the membranes on guitar. I got confused as he was announced on stage as Neil. My eyesight is definitely going At least Louise distras calls it the Louise distras band and maybe the upstarts should really be the Mensi ensemble as he is the sole remaining original member

Bnorthen Irish punks took over in the form of Outcasts and Defects and we popped and pogoed into the late night

 

niallhope

Label of the week – Dischord Records

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Label of the Week
Dischord Records

www.dischord.com

SO what can you say about Dischordrecords? A label that has sold over 5 million items. A label that has influenced so many musicians and bands. A labelthat has brought out consistently good releases since the Teen Idles Minor Disturbance 7″.

As one of the founders of the label, Ian McKaye states

“After nearly a year of playing together, the Teen Idles decided to break up. It was late summer 1980 and the only thing left to sort out was what to do with the money in the band fund. All of the money we had earned from our 35 concerts went into a cigar box in my room, and we had managed to save over $600. Instead of splitting it up, the band decided to release a record.

It was clear from the beginning that no label would be interested in putting out a Teen Idles record, particularly since we were no longer a band, so we decided to do it ourselves. We turned to our friend Skip Groff, who ran a record shop called Yesterday and Today. He had put out a number of small releases on his own label, Limp Records, and was able to explain the basic mechanics of putting out a record. We came up with a name for our label, started designing the cover, and sent off the tapes to a pressing plant. Finally, in December 1980, the Teen Idles’ “Minor Disturbance” E.P. (an eight-song 7″) was released. This was Dischord Records #1.”

It all sounds so simple, start a band, release a record, play a gig -do it yourself. And you know what? It is.

 

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My introduction to the label was the flex your head compilation, which documented the DC hardcore scene at the time. Through this I got to listen to and read about bands like SOA, Untouchables, Youth Brigade and Deadline. The power and the spirit from that record still influences me today.

The label is still releasing records and it’s not just represses and hidden gems like Youth Brigades first demo.

It has put out Soccer Team’s second lp and is involved in Red Hares new record Lexicon Mist which includes a Lungfish cover.

I could write forever about the label but this is here to remind you of its existence.

niallhope

Dischord Latest News

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Dischord Records Newsletter: August 2015
OUT NOW
· Lungfish “Pass and Stow”
Pass and Stow is the third full-length from Baltimore, Maryland’s Lungfish. First released in 1994, the record was last pressed to vinyl in 2010. This latest version has been remastered and recut from the source files by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service.
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
· Jawbox S/T
This fall Dischord and DeSoto will reissue Jawbox’s long out-of-print self-titled record on CD and LP. Recorded and mixed with John Agnello and released on TAG Recordings in 1996, this was the band’s fourth and final full-length. For this reissue the vinyl has been remastered by Dan Coutant at Sunroom Audio. Both CD and LP versions will include updated cover art courtesy of Jason Farrell.
Jawbox’s S/T is out September 22 and is available for pre-order now.
· Bikini Kill “Revolution Girl Style Now”
Recorded by Pat Maley in Olympia, WA and self-released by the band in 1991, Revolution Girl Style Now was Bikini Kill’s original demo tape. This fall, Bikini Kill records will reissue the cassette on CD and LP. This version has been remixed by Guy Picciotto and mastered by John Golden and will include three unreleased tracks — “Ocean Song,” “Just Once,” and “Playground.”
The band has made a trailer for the record featuring footage from its first show in Olympia, WA, which was shot by Brian Ruff and edited by Kathleen Hanna & Kathi Wilcox. Watch the video here.
Revolution Girl Style now will be out September 22 and is available for pre-order now.

RECENT DISCHORD AND DISTRIBUTED RELEASES
· Zomes “Near Unison”
Near Unison is the new album from Zomes, a Baltimore and Stockholm-based duo that features Asa Osborne (Lungfish) and Hanna Olivegren. These songs come from a year long musical sketch-sharing practice that led the band towards simple compositions inspired by the melodies and intimate storytelling of Swedish and American folk music.
Recorded by the band and Craig Bowen in Baltimore during the fall of 2014, the LP is out via Zomes’ own label (also called Near Unison) and is available digitally via the duo’s Bandcamp page as well as the Dischord website.
Watch a video for the song “Beckoning Breeze” here.
· “Banned in DC” Back in Print
After nearly 10 years out of production, Banned In DC is back in print. Assembled by Cynthia Connolly, Leslie Clague, and Sharon Cheslow and originally released in December of 1988, the book collects hundreds of photos, flyers, and stories documenting the DC punk scene of the mid-’80s.
The intention of the book – one of the first to be published on punk in the US – was to capture the feeling and energy of the movement, using stories from the people who were involved. Images of many of the bands of that time can be found in this book: Minor Threat, Faith, Marginal Man, Scream, Red C, Bad Brains, Rites of Spring, Nuclear Crayons, Insurrection, Hate from Ignorance, G.I., Void, Second Wind, and more.
· Bikini Kill “The First Two Records”
The First Two Records compiles Bikini Kill’s S/T and Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah vinyl reissues onto a single CD.
Originally released in 1992, the self-titled EP is comprised of four songs recorded by Ian MacKaye at Inner Ear Studios; one song from the band’s 1991 demo cassette; and one song recorded during Bikini Kill’s live performance April 4th, 1992 at Washington, DC’s Sanctuary Theater. Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah was originally released in 1993 as the BK side of a split with the UK’s Huggy Bear. On this version, Huggy Bear’s b-side tracks have been replaced with seven previously unreleased songs that were either recorded live at shows or at Bikini Kill practices during that era.