Rebellion 2016 – Day 3

The ruts take the opera house by storm

Rebellion 2016 – day 3

Nothing like a bit or raucous punk folk to start the day. I didn’t make it to black pitts but will catch them in Dublin soon I hope. Matilda’s Scoundrel were on the introducing stage and judging by the receptive crowd they weren’t being introduced to many. Accordion, mandolin, tin whistle with guitar, bass and drums drumming up some sing along punk anthems

Dunstan bruce has a very interesting story to tell and he is not only doing that on the literary stage he is in thee process of making a movie about it. The first phase of his Kickstarter campaign was successful but more funding is now required to get into the edit stage. Chumbabwamba played a folk set at rebellion just before their hiatus and Dunstan wasn’t around then but he is now back with his new band interrobang. Before their live set though he had a story to tell. Unfortunately johnny wah wah was asking the questions so there was little insight, it kind of feels like the questions are made up on the spot. Maybe the intention is to come across like two friends having a conversation over a drink and we did get to hear that chumbabwamba wanted to be a northern version of Crass whilst listening to the fall and the mekons.

imageDunstan started interrobang as he still feels the need to be part of something that wants to change the world, be part of a movement. Their sound does hark back to that post punk era Complete with loud hauler found at your nearest protest march. We get a brief break during the set when all three start screaming “I’m mad as hell. I’m not gonna take it anymore”. Dunstan even travels through the audience while we politely applaud. Great to see the evolving sound and message of wanting to change the world still being strong 30 years after I got a reply from my first letter to hin

Shot! were on the introducing stage. Rocky punk sound. Again the new band stage is shining, no inhibitions as bands give it everything in this small room. Rooms like this is where the bands playing on the larger stages in the venue all started out. This kind of energy too

One of the bands I was most looking forward to see as part of this festival was the spoilers. They are on new band stage clashing with Carol Hodge, channel 3 and hifi spitfires. But it doesn’t matter. They are nearly worth the admission price alone (it’s a lot of money just for one band). spoilers storm this rebellion introducing stage. They pop us in and punk us out. Catchy tunes that demand you join their gang. Bizarrely enough it was the worst sound that I’ve seen in that venue but still you could reach out and touch the power

Dick Lucas has now added artist to his repertoire as he has an exhibition in the punk art and even had some sold stickers on his paintings. The time culture Shock don’t play rebellion will find the festival with a huge hole to fill. Regular entertainers with their ska tinged punk filling the outdoor tower arena

I keep hearing and reading that there is a rebellion family and it is a great opportunity for people to catch up. I’m usually pretty introverted and love saying hello to people but after that start to struggle a bit. I’ve decided to try and work on this so go up and say hi to a few I see annually but had some connection with since playing in my first band in 1984. Socialising I think you call it :). It was great to catch up with people but meant I missed out on Jfa and the wall. I did get to hear the angelic upstarts as i stood on the road chatting and searching for wifi so I could see how the dubs were progressing in their football match. There was a huge turnout for the upstarts, a larger entrance had to be opened. I first saw the band in Blackpool in 1984 and they played many songs from that night, and played them just as well.

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So the next dilemma of stage time clashes!! Hard skin won out to louise distras, flat back four and the Newtown neurotics. I had to hear the between song banter of the second biggest anti fascist band playing here. I even got to hear some new skinhead anthems that hard skin have written, oh wait hang on – they weren’t new they were just written this decade. I think the north pier theatre in Blackpool are looking to book hard skin for a residency. Comic genius but an undercurrent of reality, the mark Thomas of oi..

Got three neurotic songs which was a real bonus, could have done without the effects on the vocals though

The weird and wonderful world of Spizz / Spizz energi / Spizz athletico 80 waqs next – definitely Spizz energi now and it gave me. chance to sit down, restore some energy and not worry about beer being thrown for a while. I don’t know what it is about gigs that makes people think they can just throw a glass with liquid in it up in the air. One sped past my head at hard skin and the goon that threw it just smiled and said sorry. Lucky for me I’m old and not bothered these days otherwise I probably wouldn’t have seen anything other than a red mist for the rest of the night )and maybe even a+e after an inevitable defeat. Spizz took the stage in full make up, bleached blond hair and lights on his fingers and eyes. I wonder if he looks like that on his bus pass ticket? now that would be a statement. New wave music that only moved enough to make me leave so I could catch some cockney rejects before the last acoustic set of the day.

I stumbled across the end of the hobo jones acoustic set and what a sight. 350 punks singing along to sheena is a punk rocker with the lyrics changed for a little girl who requested last year they play a ramones song. It was the cutest request they ever received so they agreed to learn another one for this year. Of course they forgot until today and then charged it for Sydney. We all sang and clapped. Sydney danced and it was one of those magic rebellion momentsl, of which there are many

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Henry Cluney, acoustic set rebellion

Henry Cluney was the original guitarist in Stiff Little Fingers, a hugely influential band. Slf are playing tomorrow night and their influence can be heard right throughout the weekend. Henry is no longer playing with the band, plying his own wares in xSLF. His acoustic set is a joy to behold as he packs the room to the rafters. Again the respect is just oozing in the room. Henry is part of a huge Irish contingent over for the festival. Not just consumers of what’s on offer, like me, but many artists here this weekend. A long list. Those Slf songs sound as good acoustically and rebellion is a perfect avenue for this but is not its about what was happening in 1976, 79,82 or whatever wave was going on. Yep some bands are still playing this songs the same way but with the songs stripped down to the bare guitar and vocals cluney has the acoustic room in his hands, hundreds singing along dreaming of that other world we all thought was possible

Ruts are another that have evolved. Death has seen to that. But wow have they evolved. We are the flock and the ruts are our pastors. Each year they play an amazing set and throw in a new song or two, The Dub element in their sound is lessening bu us still prevalent. The newer songs hark back to their original day, If Rebellion is one big happy family then the rus are the relatives everyone opes will visit.

My last band for the day are Paranoid Visions playing with Steve Ignorant. WIth Steve on board the visioins play a more straight forward punk set. It’s a packed stage, chaotic and powerful, they even sneak in a cover of a crass song at the end. Do they owe us a living? Well do they? Top class

Hope Show 115 – the lowdown

Hope Show 115 – the lowdown

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Hope Show 115
1. Black Bank Folk w/ Damien Dempsey – Aunt Jenny
2. The Clash – White Riot
3. Paranoid Visions – From Dublin With Love
4. Against Me – Pints of guinness makes you strong
5. The Three Johns – The World of the workers is wild
6. Half Man Half Biscuit – National Shite Day
7. The Redskins – Lev Bronstein
8. The Neurotics – Take Strike Action
9. Hard Skin – The Kids Are Innocent
10. The Ex – Walt’s Dizzyland
11. The Evens – All These Governors
12. Fugazi – Merchandise

Starting off tonight with local Dublin folksters who have just released an album celebrating the events of Easter Week in 1916 in Ireland. Damien Dempsey has a song on the record celebrating the joint effort put in by women that somehow has been erased from that fight. The invisible ink is reappearing and thanks to songs like this (and the events themselves) they are getting noticed once more.
As the Rebellion was pretty much a riot why not get the Clash to celebrate it. Actually tonights show whilst coinciding with 100 Easter festivals since the Rising in 1916 is more of a ode to a list of favourite albums that i was asked to compile. I found it almost impossible to limit to double digits never mind fourteen. I tried but in vain. The Clash were top of that list though, no question.
Top Irish band is Paranoid Visions, hands down. Steadily releasing on the button songs reflecting the thoughts of a generation, a generation being ignored. From Dublin with love is from their 1983 demo.

Against Me made my list – their Reinventn’ axl rose album really is a class record. When I first heard it I was ready to follow their revolution but really you need to make your own. ‘Pints of Guinness makes you strong’ is not really encouraging you to drink guinness, sure it’s not even vegetarian.

One thing that has really struck me this week is how quick people are to dismiss a group of workers on strike if it means inconveniencing them. Our Luas (tram) drivers are on strike for better pay and conditions. The latest offer recommended by mediators was dismissed 99% by the workers. That shows a committed and united workforce. So they won’t go to work on Easter Sunday, they will stay home, eat easter eggs and not get paid. Many people will wish to get into the city to see the Easter Parade, celebrating the work of James Connolly and other Volunteers who gave up their life to create a republic. Some of these people would have travelled by luas and now they can’t. Is that reason not to support workers in their struggle?

The Redskins would have always supported strike action, as would have the Newtown Neurotics. These bands, along with the three Johns and Billy Bragg gave me a musical introduction into trade unions. I then moved on to Woody Guthries and other
traditional songs but these bands took the music I listened to and said, workers whould be in unions and picket lines should always be respected.

Hard Skin were near to my list of albums, didn’t quite get there but i thought you’d like to hear the kids are innocent.

The Ex did make it and could have been in there a few times. A more recent, if 2001 can be classed as recent, release made the list. Dizzy Spells is 12 classics mixed into an overall great. Walts Dizzyland is top of my mix when dj’ing too.

The recorded output of Dischord records could have made up my top 10, it certainly is one of the seminal labels. I’ve taken 2 with an Ian McKaye mix but there’s a lot more that could have been in here.

I’ve left it short as I need to start walking to town 🙂

niallhope

Hard Skin – We’re the Fucking Business

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We’re the Fucking Business

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So many football teams have them – players that don’t pull their weight but seem to get away with it.

Workplaces have them, people that turn up but do little and yet the bosses love them

Hard Skin are that player, that workmate. They are obnoxious, loud, practice very little and don’t care what you think. But yet we all love them. I know I do. I have sang along to hard skin songs that I wouldn’t dream of uttering anywhere else in public. And now they are back with a new record. Aptly title “We’re the Fucking business, Singles 1975-1977”, covering a time they weren’t even in existence.

Yet the name of the album does give something away. The Business were and are once more an Oi band reverred by Skinheads in their homeland of the UK and further afield. Hard Skin are similar in music but the background of both bands are mirror opposites. Whilst Mickey Fitz started the band as a working class release during his school days Hard Skin were formed late in the musical careers of Nipper, Fat bob and Johnny Takeaway. Whilst the business lived their musical lives on the streets Hard Skin can dream of those streets. And yet there are similiarites but Hard Skin through it all remain completely diy and honourable in their dealings.

JT records is their label and this is the 6th record on the label. It’s a collection of recent 7 and 12″s that are elusive so rather than cashing in this gives people a chance to get their releases.Punk rock, in your face and now you can get ready to sing aloing to We Are the wankers

Hard Skin – The One That Got Away 7″

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The Ones That Got Away / The Bovver Boys Don’t Bother Anymore
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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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Suspect Device *56

Suspect Device *56

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Wow  56 issues of a self published magazine, or fanzine to me and you.

I’ve written a few different zines since my first, Whose Life Is It Anyway back in 1984 when Suspect device was just starting.  Here they are 30 years on and still as keen and enthusiastic as ever.  The best thing about fanzines is there is nearly always a new band on the receiving end of lavish praise that makes you want to go and check them out.  After Suspect Device I have a whole list for my next internet search.  Good interviews with Las Otras, Replica, The Pukes, Dogtown Rebels, The No Marks and a piece on Hard Skins American tour.

That, along with the music reviews would have been enough for me but the best is yet to come.  Tony and Gaz asked a few people the same questions, When did you get into punk rock, what was its appeal, when did it become more than just going to gigs and buying records, what are your highlights, how has punk changed your life, has it influenced you and what motivates you to stay involved.  All make great reading and I would love to read more.  Maybe they can make it a permanent fixture.  That I would love to see.  This movement has had such a profound effect on so many people, their stories are always good to hear.

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Rebellion 2015 – Day 3

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Rebellion 2015 Day 3

I said it was a marathon and whilst Wonk Unit may have just arived in Blackpool this is the start of my third day. It’s a great start for me though as I get to see a band I’ve been hearing and reading about for a couple of years and have been following their own Wonk Fest for the past couple of years. They have an new member in Jess who adds a keyboards and screams to the ska tinged hardcore sound or joke core if there is such a term

Louise Distras’s acoustic set last night was a highlight and she has beefed out her sound now with a band. My introduction to Louise was at rebellion and was always solo with her guitar. I delighted in the fact that an independent woman would get up on stage and rail against the world, rallying the troops. I wasn’t expecting such a powerful set on offer from the three piece. Almost as good as the acoustic. Almost, still damn good.

AMI are from Brighton and the collective age of the four piece may not be equal to Charlie Harper from the UK subs who was standing in the from row for most of their set. Good power slightly rock sound. Singer had a descendents t-shirt so the future is bright.

Goldblade early on a Saturday afternoon on the first day of the new football season. I could have made my excuses and watched the scores but how can you miss this? Complete with oyston out banner in support of the local football team gold blade are the underdogs band and they will scream at the top of their lungs for that underdog. We will rejoice with them.

Nic Austin on the Literary stage gave us a chance to sit down and take in the stories of his time in Chelsea and his spell with Generation X. Nic is still playing, not only in Chelsea but has a new record out too, church of eon

The Boys played some acoustic versions of their early pop rock sound. Pop punk means so much more than Green Day or other sped up tuneful bands. The original wave saw bands wih basic tunes and an atitude play some great songs. The Boys had these and it is great to hear them stripped down.

999 were a punk band from my youth but I wanted to hear what Barry Cain had to say about his book sulphate street, his time as record mirror journalist and then publisher of flexipop magazine.

A-Heads were part of the anarco wave that showed that not only was diy possible, it was imperative. Say and sing what you like.

MDC certainly said and sang what they wanted. Unfortunately after sitting and waiting 15 mins we were informed they hadn’t arrived. I was hoping for this to be my chance to she’s them as they are due on last tonight. It gave me a chance to listen to monkey from the addicts and his take on performance and punk and being happy to be part of a community. Hard to believe they have recorded and released over 200 songs, must make it hard to think up a set list, I had to leave when I heard they played Israel, hugely disappointing.

Peter and the test tube babies always seemed like a band with interesting tales and it was nice to hear some of them. The literary stage is a hugely imortant facet of rebellion. We get to hear first hand accounts of what was going on with all these bands. It’s great for someone like me who was living in a different country and buying the record but not really expecting to ever be in a position to see them live. It wasn’t Peter on stage but Del from the band had some stories to tell anyway.

Steve Drewett is one such person I wrote to and wondered if I’d ever get to see him live. I have now seen him or his band the newtown neurotics 6 imes and love it every time. I had never seen him on stage with his daughter rosa before as she accompanied him on 6 tracks. It’s such a privilege to be here listening to bands that played such a part in my formative years. It’s 30 years later and life keeps moving on. We realise that but at the same time it’s always good to take stock of where we come from. For many that is the community or area they grew up for me I grew up in the punk community and the neurotics were very much neighbours, along with Ruts DC and so many more this weekend.

Culture Shock I have seen nearly as much as the neurotics and they would have lived around the corner in that community, newcomers though :). Upbeat punk and dick is in great form tonight.

The literary stage was buzzing today, nina antonia spoke of her book about Johnny thunders and her musical upbringing listening to Marc bolan

It then became time for the big guns. Hugh Cornwall from the Stranglers, Peter Perrett from the Only Ones and Steve Lake from Zounds set us up for the Boomtown Rats. I was amazed at the size of the crowd for the rats. Full to capacity but was it in anticipation of the music or was there an ‘intrigue’ factor? The crowd weren’t jumping around or celebrating each song in dance and it was thinner by the end of the set but I had to leave anyway for the neurotics and the mob that’s more my punk rock anyway. The amount of Merch the boomtown rats brought in and out was phenomenal. Signed CDs and DVDs galore. I guess autographs are important to some punks. Me? I prefer memories.

Hard Skin are one of the few bands that get away with verbally abusing the audience. Like an Oi version of Captain Hotknives they don’t take themselves seriously but realise the world is a serious place. They play in the casbah which is outdoor and a realisation for me that so many punks still smoke. We have become so accustomed to smoke free zones entering one for a gig is a real step back in time, not a better time though. Hard skin don’t care, they only care if there are fascists in the building, no room for them in our scene. A belter of a set from everyone’s favourite obnoxious wannabe skinheads

The Mob were one of the best sets a couple of years ago and tonight compete again for it. Steve lake guested and tried to remove the menace but the casbah was rocking and this was another highlight.

Buzzcocks don’t need an introduction and the songs sound like they could have been written yesterday. Such good tunes but maybe it’d be better if Steve Diggle hadn’t turned out to be such a good guitarist. These songs are too easy for him to play so he admonishes them with solos.

Steve Ignorant’s album with Paranoid Visions showed how these stalwarts can still be relevant with their new songs. Tonight’s set was a mixture of that album and some older songs that Steve had written. They also won the prize for biggest self publicists or band that wear the most of their own band tshirt

I was asleep for MDC as it is hard to sustain 14 hour punk rock days, has no-one heard of the working time directive? I did have a wry smile when I saw the line up of stalls in the casbah venue. U.S. Hardcore band with strong links to the UK anarchist punk scene competing with all the madmen records, home of the mob competing with Steve ignorant from Crass competing with hard skin whose musical roots are in that anarcho punk scene. All separate stalls, no chance of one big one in the main area next year????

Dave Cain talks about his book Sulphate Strip
Dave Cain talks about his book Sulphate Strip
MDC no show for acoustic set
MDC no show for acoustic set
Steve Drewett and daughter Rosa
Steve Drewett and daughter Rosa

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 32 – the lowdown

Hope Show 32

1 Torche – Walk It Off
2 Torche – Sky Trials
3 No Age – Defactor/ed
4 Goldblade – We’re All in it together
5 Rudimentary Peni – The Curse
6 Rudimentary Peni – The Crime OF The Century
7 Hunx and his punx – You think You’re Tough
8 Hooligan – Callin Joe STrummer
9 Dauntless Elite – We are our own legends
10 Southport – The Plasterers Song
11 Grant Hart – Morning Start
12 TV Smith – You Save My Life then ruined it
13 Hard Skin – Police Car Chasing You
14 Roughneck Riot – Do Not Feed The Animals
15 Leftover Crack – Life Causes Cancer
16 Zounds – Follow The Money
17 Flatliners – THis Respirator
18 Ruts DC – Smiling Culture
19 The Membranes – In the graveyard

We start off tonights show with two songs by Torche who are playing in Dublin this week in the Grand Social . They have been on the go sonce 2004 but this is the first I heard of them. I’m enjoying their Harmonicraft album in the same way as I ejoyed listening to Seaweed many years ago.

I’ve seen No Age twice before and am glad to hear they are returning next month. Their new album, “an object??” is out now on Sub Pop , which ironically is the same label Seaweed were on.

Goldblade were magic last week at the rebellion festival. I saw them twice, once acoustically at a HMV and the other in the Winter Gardens where the darts world championships were held recently. Both times I was part of the singalong screaming “We’re all in it together”

Rudimentary Peni didn’t play rebellion but many of their compatriots from Crass, subsequently Corpus Christ records, played. Southern have re released Rudimentary Peni’s collection so I’ve played a song from Cacophony and Archaic

Hunx and his Punx have a new album on Hardly Art called Street Punk, must be good so.

Hooligan are from Dublin and have released a new ep, No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs. This track from it is Callin Joe Strummer and sure with a title like that you’d have to play it eh

We move to UK and have the Dauntless ELite . Their Graft lp is a much ignored album but really deserves more attention. It’s on Bombed Out records and comes with a big recommendation

Southport, I can’t sing their praises any higher. Southern Soul is their third album, their best to date and album of the year so far. Can I convince you to go and buy? Please

Grant Hart used to be in a band Called Husker DU. Maybe you’ve heard of them. He hasn’t done much in recent years but has come up with a concept album. A brave thing to do in todays throwaway times. It is a double album and really needs to be played in one sitting from start to end as it is a life tale. I don’t have 74 minutes to spare for you so Morning Star will have to for now

Like Grant Hart, TV Smith was in a famous band – the Adverts. Tim has kept going all through the years and his energy is infectious. His last album, Misinformation Overload contains a songs I’ve played a couple of times – the good times are back, so in the interest of diversity I’m playing a different one tonight.

I’m going on a bit of Rebellion set now. I’ve already played GOldblade and TV Smith but the next few songs are from bands that played great sets last week

Wrecks feature two people from Steve Ignorants new band, Slice OF life. They have a new ep out Hey! Murder, Arms is from this

Hard Skin, again, had a thousand people, proclaiming at the top of our voices “We are the Wankers” which is a sight to behold I can tell you. THis song is from their new album (of which there is two versions, one sung by the band and the other with guesat female vocalists

One great thing about Rebellion every year is that there are always new bands to discover and remember. THe Roughneck Riot are one such band – awful sound but a great performance.

Leftover Crack are the opposite. I never really like them live but love the records.

Zounds are an old favourite of mine. I wasn’t sure what their set was going to be like and was a bit concerned that it would seem stale. No need for such concerns as they played like they were 20 again.

The Flatliners put in a great performance, their acoustic set was beset with sound issues but no such issues were to be found with their full set. Hopefully they will be back next year. They do have a new album coming out next month

Ruts DC stole the show again. PLaying a mix of their own dub inspired tracks and their own classic Ruts songs. We were dancing, we were smiling, we were crying for lost ones and were enthralled by Ruts DC

The Membranes didn’t play but feature members of Goldblade. I was in town earlier at the Dublin fanzine Fair which was on in he Exchange building in Temple Bar. I passed by the New Theatre which was where the Membranes played on their second crazy visit to Dublin

2 for the price of 2 – Hard Skin

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During my days on the football pitch I developed a (some would say annoying) habit of repeating every call I made. As a goalkeeper, on the last line of defence, I could be heard duplicating my every order. “Clear, clear”! “Away, Away!” I suppose it came about as I thought it’d be more effective. Didn’t hear me first time? Well the second should get ya.

maybe that’s what Hard Skin were thinking when they were putting this together? maybe not, maybe it was just the money. 2 for the price of 2 indeed.

So what they’ve done is write 12 songs and put them on an album. the usual 3 piece of Johnny takeaway, fat Bob and the drummer bloke sing and play on one album. That may not be hard enough for all their fans so they got some mates in to sing the same songs (who were all women) and they released both on the same day. Same songs, same music, different singers. 2 for the price of 2! Priceless

If you don’t know their music it is a straight forward oi / Punk sound that gets you singing along. terrace anthems for the football fans. They take every skinhead stereotype and magnify it. They are the ultimate in parody. Underneath it all is a sincerity that is becoming less prevalent in music these days. You won’t see Hard Skin on bills just for the sake of it. Their gigs are all independently promoted with reasonable door prices and they records all come for the independent scene. It’s a dozen songs under 30 minutes with an irreverance for the listener, full of language I don’t use around my young family. They care about everything yet care about nothing.
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Rebellion 2013 day 3

Rebellion 2013 – day 3

The day started with Goldblade acoustic. This was a rebellious affair in hmv as the brothers spread their gospel to the assembled believers gathered in the record store. An entertaining and uplifting performance. We all believe in the power of rock and roll and now know we are in it together.

I took a break to catch my other fave culture, football in the guise of Blackpool v Barnsley. A surprising number of rebellion wristbands were in the crowd and saw such drama at bloomfield road. Both teams look like they are players short of taking the championship by storm but Blackpool waited til the 93rd minute before having their first attempt on target. The fact that it was a knock on by a Barnsley player from a pool throw in hardly seemed to matter. 1-0 Blackpool, top of the league 🙂

Anarcho night in rebellion then on the stage with Jaegermeister backdrops. Lost cherrees are a strange bunch. I’m not sure what to make of it all. I have all their records which are urging equality for all and respect for animals but when they are onstage they may as well be singing about Blackpool result. Actually maybe not as that would require feeling. There is no connection or attempt to connect with the audience. We are certainly not in it together or so it seems when lost cherrees are on stage. Which is a real shame as they have some great songs

Hagar the womb are a band I well remember. Their funnerry in a nunnery 12′ was on high rotation for a while in Donnycarney. The female vocalists still shine through, although it is kind of funny watching them read the lyrics on stage

Steve ignorant will forever be associated with anger. No escaping it, he was the lead singer of crass. The ultimate in anger and channelling it positively. His new venture is him with a keyboard and guitarist and stories in between It is great to see Steve evolving. Paranoid visions have have assisted in that process but to see him here with a his own songs and singing like he means it is empowering. “Scream, I’m alive, I’m alive”

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Charlie harper is most definitely still alive and singing with the uk subs. They are a keen annual favourite at rebellion and won’t disappoint the thousands of people watching them tonight. Other perennial players, paranoid visions are on at the same time. this effects their crowd but not their performance. Deko, ever the showman, is at home on stage here. Still doesn’t care

Funny that the 3 regular bands are all clashing, citizen fish were nearly over but I caught a couple of their ska fuelled tracks and the crowd were happily singing along “let’s get angry, lets get mad”

Zounds were on next. 3 piece with songs as fresh as when they were released in the 80s and just as relevant now.

Hard skin are the ultimate anti fascist band. If you know them you will know the irony and hopefully you get it. If you buy into them it’s great, the best oi band in the world!

The mob were the best band for me at last years festival. They are close contenders again. The surprise of last years excellence wasnt there but they didn’t disappoint one bit. It’s that haunting sound which takes you in.

Out of a sense of loyalty I chose the outcasts above cockney rejects. I know their guitarist quite well (he wasnt an original member) and so I wanted to see petesy in action. I was too young when the outcasts were leaving a trail of destruction (or more to the point punks who went to see them in the magnet) at their gigs in Dublin in 1980 but have listened to them plenty. Always better live than on record the songs are strong and still have it, great reaction for them here tonight.

To me the rezillos were fortunate in their timing. They had snappy so gs and a good image with Faye on vocals. I love that first album. I’m not sure of their relevance within punk, I’ve never heard em say anything of substance. Is that harsh? Maybe but compared to the Ruts who were on next?

Ruts DC know adversity. Malcolm Owen the singer for the ruts died of a heroin overdose in tragic circumstances. The band continued as ruts Dc for a while but fizzled our as the pain of their lead singers demise was too much. They got back together when another member, Paul Fox contracted cancer and there was a benefit for foxy. He lost that battle so the band got together in memory of their departed ones. Their dub inspired punk will always live on. Again a highlight for me. It was over 12 hours since gold blade kicked off proceedings but I was still bopping along to Babylons burning and staring at the rude boys. Remarkable band

Niallhope