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 Interrobang

Interrobang A plush theatre in the North West of England. A new band, an audience of punks in a room full of history. There is a sense of excitement. I certainly don't know what to expect, except that Dunstan from Chumbawamba is involved. Naturally, being creatures of habit, we look at the stage......then from behind … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Interrobang

Rebellion 2017 Youth Man

Youth Man They were promoted, quite rightly, from new band stage last year. Youth Man are a Birmingham three-piece who play fast and furious rock with a mighty girl guitarist who trades vocals with a male vocalist who played bass and wore a Smiths t-shirt...how cool is that! An absolute highlight of the festival for … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Youth Man

Rebellion 2017 Matilda’s Scoundrels

Matilda's Scoundrels Celtic punk is alive and well and full of energy.....that makes me realise just long ago I first saw the Pogues opening for the Shillelagh Sisters in Camden's Irish Centre. I am old, and that's OK.....as the t-shirt says: 'I'm Old But I Got to See All The Good Bands' well almost most … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Matilda’s Scoundrels

Rebellion 2017 Brain’s All Gone

Brain's All Gone Sometimes you come across a band that stop you in your tracks and make you go: "how come I didn't know about them before?' That's what I felt watching Brian's All Gone a rockin' female three piece. I think they are from Poland...but I could be wrong. They had great changes in … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Brain’s All Gone

Rebellion 2017 Poly-esters

Poly-esters Another new band to me, a female 4 piece, who reminded me of the Runaways, and that is high praise indeed. They are a hard rocking group with the magic 1960s Motown/soul oooh ooh oohs. The front woman has a gravelly voice and the classic skinhead style. These are Not just women who can … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Poly-esters

Rebellion 2017 Kenneths

Kenneths Kenneths were new to me but they had a great backdrop...their name in blocks, that also made for a great patch. They are a young 3 piece, with a female drummer/co-vocalist and a singer with the classic low slung guitar. The bass player would have fit right in with early Corrosion of Conformity. So … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Kenneths

Rebellion 2017 The punk and the seagull

I promise this really happened, although it sounds like I am making it up. This was an actual conversation I overheard as I was walking by a punk hunched over a plastic bin eating his takeaway chips. Punk: You're a cheeky little fucker aren't ya. Seagull: *embarrassed but dignified silence*    

Rebellion 2017 Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington

Talk with Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington   This was one of the most interesting and illuminating chats about entrepreneurship I have heard in a long time. Two young people who loved music, style, culture and having fun opened a club, The Roxy, that four 100 days provided an outlet for the emerging London punk … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington

Rebellion 2017 Barstool Preachers

Barstool Preachers These raucous Londoners remind me a little bit in places of Yellowcard, one of the best of the Warped post-2000 acts. They play an audience-pleasing blend of Pulverising anthemic punk rock. The So Cal punk sound repurposed for English singalongs. I really like the ska bursts in their set with the organ giving … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Barstool Preachers