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

Rebellion 2017 – Day 2

Before every trip to Blackpool I sit down, pore through the lineup and pick out the must see and the nice to see. I have a problem today. 34 bands are on the list. That may not have been an issue for 18 year old self but it is a problem. It will sort itself … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 – Day 2

Rebellion 2016 – Day 4

Rebellion 2016 - Day 4 There's always a certain nostalgia to the last day. Like the last day of a Christmas holiday as you prepare to return to work or revert to a life you had escaped for the week. The stalls that had been a hive of activity for four days are, in some … Continue reading Rebellion 2016 – Day 4

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 … Continue reading Rebellion 2016 – Day 3

Rebellion 2016 – Day 2

  Rebellion 2016 - day 2 Dublins I am a car crash provide the starting point today. Atmospheric rhythmic noise rock and sharing a drummer with paranoid visions which gets my head moving along nicely at this lunchtime. I had to cut them short to go and see slice of life who certainly aren't atmospheric … Continue reading Rebellion 2016 – Day 2

Rebellion 2016 – Day 1

Rebellion 2016. Day 1   It's not quite premiership weekend in Dublin airport but the punks have replaced football fans on the Manchester flights. There is a sense of excitement as we wait to board the myriad of plans descending on the north west of England this weekend. It's early morning but there are legions … Continue reading Rebellion 2016 – Day 1

Blackpool Rox II – Issue 10

Blackpool Rox II Issue 10 The original Blackpool Rox was a mix of the bizarre, wild and infectious. Each page was lieterally crammed with in formation and art, you would need to viedw the page in all directions just to take it all in.  Like a good painting you could find something new every time … Continue reading Blackpool Rox II – Issue 10

Rebellion 2015 – day 4. The end is nigh

Rebellion 2015 - Day 4 it ain't over til it's over Maggie Byrne was in We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It and it was a nice start to the day to hear what she had to say of her time in the band and that they were talking about what was going … Continue reading Rebellion 2015 – day 4. The end is nigh

Rebellion 2015 day 2 from the wildhearted outsider

Rebellion Day 2 Here's the thing...a few thousand punks gathered together in a Northeastern English Seaside town in August 2015...why would that matter? Is it all nostalgia? An attempt to recapture, relive, or even reimagine youth? The Q&A conversations provide an opportunity to hear first-hand reflections from some of the people who were there. Pioneers. … Continue reading Rebellion 2015 day 2 from the wildhearted outsider

Rebellion 2014 Day 4

Rebellion 2014 day 4 It's always good to talk and listen so Ian glasper told us his story around his punk books. Great to hear the tales behind the book and its reason for existence joey shithead is with terry chimes and Patrik Fitzgerald so missed his interview but I got to see 16 guns … Continue reading Rebellion 2014 Day 4