Hope Show 111 – The Lowdown

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Hope Show 111
1. The Blades – The Last Man In Europe
2. Mighty Midgets – Burn After Rolling
3. Wonk Unit – Nan
4. Bad Brains – I and I Survive
5. Jinx Lennon – Conquistadors of Gas
6. Ghost Mice – Samhain
7. Weakerthans – Watermark
8. A Witness – I Love You Mr Disposable Razor
9. The Modern Lovers – Government Center
10. Flies On You – Hangdog
11. Down and Outs – Our Independence Day
12. Down and Outs – Forgotten Streets
13. Antidote – I Don’t Care
14. Eastfield – Three Chords Good, Four Chords Bad
15. The Domestics – Orchestrate Your Pose
16. Billy Liar – Is It Me?
17. Bill Blood – Just Got Paid
18. David Grubbs – A Dream To Help Me Sleep
19. Hands Up Who Wants to die – Burnt Yesterday
20. Stay Clean Jolene – Heads and Breakables
21. Rvivr – Wrong Way / One Way

I love the Blades, They are from DUblin and are at the stage now where they do an annual show. The Last Man In Europe was released in 1986 and sounds like it could have been yesterday.

I wrote a piece about TNS Records, one of the first in my series of labels of the week. It has an extensive and wide reaching catalogue. All comes down to punk rock though. Mighty Midgets are from Denmark and Wonk UNit from London. Power and Pop mixed.

“Why must all people keep on shooting and a robbing
Why must all people keep om killing and a fighting”

What else can you say? Bad Brains. good for many things. I saw a documentary on DC punk during the week and Bad Brains were spoken of as strong influencers and the Rock For Light album really is a groundbreaker. This is one of the few songs that don’t take you on an energetic trail of destruction with its speed.

I picked up a very interesting triple Cd during the week, Songs Of Solidarity and Resistance. Three cd’s full of music and a booklet documenting the Shell to Sea campaign and all the battles along the way for the rossport five. Jinx Lennon’s conquistadors of gas talks of the how many view the taking of Irelands Natural Resources. More infor here

I read with some dissapointment recently that Plan-it-x was shutting for business . So many great releases but it just shows that it is ordinary people behind these great labels and sometimes it’s hard to sustain all the creativity all the while living your life alongside it. You can still get their releases to date from No Idea records

The Weakerthans have released many great albums. This is from the Canadians initial Left And Leaving

A Witness have a strange quirk about their pop and any band that can sing about disposable razors has to garner some respect. Back playing these days, look out for them.

I bought my first ever Modern Lovers record during the week. Of course I have Road runner on many compilations but the Modern Lovers is my first album to own by Johnathan Richman. Better late than never I suppose.

Flies On You have plenty of plans for the year ahead. The two piece from Leeds brought out the etc. album yesterday. A post punk, post goth post everything collection of sounds with the drum machine, guitar axe and steady bass to accompany Doug’s gnarly voice

Down and Out’s have a sizeable back catalog, Liverpool punks usually offer a fast pop punk sound but I picked “Our Independence Day” and “Forgotten Streets” to show their diverse collection for tonights show

Antidote appeared on a punk shit compilation with a song I don’t care, guess they are not interested in being on a radio show either. It’s interesting how many different viewpoints that fall under the punk rock banner, I guess it’s like a classroom, everyone has a different view. We are all individuals after all.

Eastfield are from Birmingham, their understated new album, “Another Boring Eastfield album – a rail punk colection” is out now as is the Domestics Keep it lean, an interesting hardcore band from East Anglia not to be confused with the rock band form Portland.

I’ve seen Billy Liar a couple of times, one vulnerable man and an acoustic guitar. He batters and belts out the chords in a frenetic and energetic setting.

Bill Blood is almost the opposite. Laid back and reflective. One man and his guitar but so many ways to play it. Bill is Niall from Dublin legends, Redneck Manifesto.

The David Grubbs song is from a compilation benefit that has an excellent soundtrack. It is a benefit for producer J. Robbins son Callum and J has produced and played in many great bands. David Grubbs has played in many greats also.

Hands Up Who Wants to Die brought out their Vega In the Lyre album in September 2014. A collection of hard hitting noise rock punk songs as opposed to punk rock noise.

Stay Clean Jolene just have great songs. Why haven’t you got the album yet?

Finishing tonight with RVIVR, I just love this song and would play it every week if i could. Sometimes I go jogging and if I’m struggling up a hill or against the breeze I pop this song on and smile and look for a brighter future. Sing along
“Wrong Way down a one way street, Promising myself that I just don’t care”

 

niallhope

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 you read it.  Of course though it was all about pushing new music of the day, of the era.  Death to Trad Rock was its rallying cry.

It died off after a few years and Blackpool Rox II sprang from its grave.  Andy Higgins of Just Say No To Government Music fame took over the mantle and he has pushed the Seaside Town and all it has to offer ever since.  It’s not just about Blackpool and the bands that avoid eating the rock that the area is so famous for.  Andy interviews some of the best UK bands at the moment.  Epic Problem, Stay Clean Jolene are in here.  There’s bits on local people doing things on a national scale- Journalist Steve Rowland, Video editor John Bentham and publisher Pete Walsh.  Of course Blackpool is home to Rebellion Festival so Johnny Wah Wah who curates the new band stage and Jenni Russell Smith who along with her husband Darren are the brains behind the festival.  Original Rox editor, John Robb, has a piece and then there’s the bit abou Andy running for election in the UK on an Oyston Out ticket (Owen Oyston being Blackpool Football Club’s Chair – who has overseen the clubs recent rise and fall on a shoestring budget but still a very profitable experience, for him).

Great Read

andy@jsntgm.com

Blackpool Rox Towers, c/o 16 Windmill Close, Blackpool, FY3 OEB, UK

niallhope

Stay Clean Jolene st LP

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Stay Clean Jolene

Stay Clean Jolene

Title:  Stay Clean Jolene (BandCamp, Dead Broke Rekerds, Rad Girlfriends Records, Drunken Sailor Records, Bombed Out Records, Just Say No to Government Music RecordsiTunes)

Artist:  Stay Clean Jolene (Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp, Last.fm)

 

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I’m a sucker for Christmas, I love the whole sentimentality of it. The signs that one year is nearly complete and we can prepare for the next. OF course the cynical punk rocker in me gets pushed deep down as commercialism is to the fore in this season. Christmas gives people in the west a chance to take stock of where we are, what we have and what we have done over the past 12 months. Personally I feel like I’ve had a long sleep and we are back again. Thankfully though there’s been a good soundtrack to my sleep. That soundtracks has included some really cool UK diy punky hardcore bands. There’s a whole stream out there bashing away at their guitars , playing like their lives depend on it and holding on to some sort of hope.

As someone who gladly attends the annual Rebellion punk festival it is heartening to see old punks hanging on to what they believe in and treating each other well. Under the surface of the leather, bristles spikes and anarchy there is a movement of players who came from that punk scene but wanted their tunes to really shine through. Few of them play at Rebellion but these people are in bands like Bedford Falls, The No Marks, Southport, Bear trade, Epic Problem and Holiday. There’s a ton more, like the people around the Make That A Take scene in Scotland. If you’ve ever read this blog you’ll have seen me championing them here and on my radio show

One of the best 7″‘s in recent years came from Boltons Stay Clean Jolene, I wrote previously after being privileged to see them play this year, “soaring guitars, heartfelt tunes and an integrity that can’t be made up. We are lucky to have bands like stay clean jolene. Lucky they want to continue to play music to 100 people and lucky they feel lucky to do so. Southport the same. They are incredible. 3 people having fun playing to their friends, regardless if they know them or not. Such talent, criminally ignored but whilst it is that way we can still cling on to them.” And now they have released their album. And it’s Christmas time.

10 songs of action packed guitar tunes. It is heartfelt and has more than a nod to Husker Du and Leatherface. leaving it with thos comparisons is lazy and unfair. I’m just trying to help you. They have their own stamp. Guitars soar with tunes that leave you wanting more. They are anthems, tuneful and clear. I have listenened to this record at least 10 times in two days, it’s that good. Just like Santa Claus, if only the world could be like this all the time, I could ignore all the austerity and measures imposed on the populace.

I bet Stay Clean Jolene would be on the side of the people. A sure sign of community is the fact that so many labels have released this record. Well three have clubbed in for the vinyl and two, at least, for the cd. I only wished I wasn’t too late to the party and could have been their Irish distributor.

Do your best to check this out

niallhope

Manchester how are ya?

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The excitable youngster inside me is full of enthusiasm as i face the day. An early flight to Manchester for a day of fanzine shopping, record shop Hunting and plenty of vegan food. And that’s just the daylight hours. After sunset it will be of to Bolton for HDQ, Southport, stay clean jolene and holiday

I first saw HDQ in mcgonagles, Dublin, playing with Joyce mckinney experience in 1988. It was an exciting time as here were bands that had a sound rooted in u.s. hardcore music playing to us dublin folk. Back in the 80s our exposure to culture outside ireland was pretty limited. Yep there were some record shops and we could get the uk music press but it needed to be sought out. Nothing could be accessed from the comfort of your own home. We were thrilled that Joyce McKinney experience were playing because one of their members used to help bands organise tours. We sat there sponge like as gigs spoke of music. HDQ ‘s sound was familiar to some of us who had heard it from Cassettes that were posted to us. They had the energy and as their singer bounded around the large stage of mcgonagles it helped open our eyes. Educational in many ways.

Soon after they played a band appeared from England with all that energy in their sound but a tightness that was new to us all. There were tunes everywhere but full on attack and gusto that band were called snuff and it was an honour to see them play. Their “not listening anymore” 7″ was the first I rooted out when I replaced my record player last year and got my 3 kids to listen to. They looked on slightly bemused as their manic parents went crazy with the sugar coated riff. And snuff came and went but not after releasing some classic records. They have (not so) recently returned but Simon wells the guitarist has moved on to other bands through the 21st century. One such band is southport. The guitar sound is less beefy but that soul punk influence is strongly evident. Last years Southern Soul was one of the records of the year.

Another record of the year was stay clean jolenes 7″ . Taking a sound that was mastered by husked du its layers of guitar over some great tunes.

Stay clean jolenes single was a split release between 4 labels which is the way holiday released their record too it makes sense, unity is strength. Holidays songs are about the world we live in and what we can do to make it better. I’m on their side.

And so I arrived in Manchester with dreams of days gone by. My first trip to a gig in the uk was the three johns in Leeds. I enjoyed myself so much I stayed an extra night and got to see big black, ut and the dust devils. I travelled over on my own but never felt alone once music was on the agenda. It’s the same today as I sit on the train, ironically it is the Blackpool train that I get on. The train would bring me to my favourite football team should I choose to stay on. I could travel to the land of my childhood holidays. It is tempting, very very tempting but I hold off. Better planning would have ensured I saw the seasiders but maybe next time eh?

Instead I get off at deansgate and take the short walk to hulme park and to the teatime vegan collective Tea time collective
Nestled snugly in hulme park is this vegan collective. Full selection of veg burgers and sandwiches. If you’re searching out a macrobiotic diet then you’ve taken a wrong turn. However if homemade vegan ice cream, chocolate cake and fries with your food excited you then make the trip here. 10 minute walk from the train station so at least you can walk off some of that food after you eat.
A converted container with heat and seats provides most of the instore seating. Great, really great and well worth your support I had mint chic chip milkshake , choc cake preceded by huge sandwich and fries.

I am full to the brim but its important to support the shops that are important so I venture to eight day on Oxford road. I couldn’t eat any if their great vegan fare and had to ignore their good selection of cakes to accompany my vegan milk shake. I did sneak a takeaway but that was in my forward planning stakes for tonight.

And then it was of to northern Quarter for some record shopping. Vinyl exchange is just like record and tape exchange in London used to be. Always something to pick up. Johnny takeaway works in rockers so it had to be a quick hello to them. Thought they’d have more zines and records. In fact places for zines are thin on the ground. Eastern bloc used to be a Mecca for them but then it closed moved and reopened in a slimmed down fashion. If its coffee and dance music you want then pop down to stevensons square. Picadilly records ihas a small selection, maybe people aren’t putting them in shops anymore?

V revolution is up there with tea time collective. Vegan burgers and hot dogs along with milkshakes to rock along to the hardcore music on offer its not dissimilar to ssov in London but it sells records so that gives it kudos. Not many records though, it’d be great to have a wider selection. Heartening to see it was really busy.

And then to the main course, tonight’s gig

My early concerns that this gig would go on until mid Sunday morning were allured when i was told that although dog and partridge had a 4am curfew the last were were due on at 10.45. My sort if gig

Obviously I had travelled over to this gig so I was expecting something good but really it was special. Holidays 7″ fell into the shadow of stay clean jolene, circumstances dictated that as I got them both on the same day. They will forever be linked. They do have some tunes, some quality. First thing i will do when I get home is root out the 7″. It is ridiculous how many good songs were on how tonight. 100 people packed into the dog and partridge and we were all honoured to be there. Don’t know if everyone felt that way but if they didn’t they’re missing out.

It’s soaring guitars, heartfelt tunes and an integrity that can’t be made up. We are lucky to have bands like stay clean jolene. Lucky they want to continue to play music to 100 people and lucky they feel lucky to do so. Southport the same. They are incredible. 3 people having fun playing to their friends, regardless if they know them or not. Such talent, criminally ignored but whilst it is that way we can still cling on to them.

As for HDQ, it was hard to follow those three bands and I couldn’t get stranded in Bolton. I got three songs and the energy is still there after all this time.

After a train and a bus u finally got my head down for some rest. 20 hours after my journey started and will recommence with the final leg home after 4 hours sleep. I out my head on the pillow thankful that these people are playing music and lucky to know about them

Stay Clean Jolene Green 7″

Stay Clean Jolene – Green 7′ Just Say No To Government Music

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I love checking out new music. it’s even better when I like it, makes it all the more worthwhile. I knew nothing about Stay Clean Jolene before I got this 7″. It is on the excellent Just Say No To Government Music label, split release with 3 other labels. There’s very little info on the sleeve so after 5 seconds I was ready for the needle to hit the record. It made me sit down. It made me write this. I want you to hear them. I wanted to find out more and now it all makes sense.

TO me hardcore music is about singing along to great tunes. It helps if there is a meaning to the songs, they can be played and listened to with great passion. You see the Great St Louis, along with Dauntless Elite are two of the greatest UK punky hardcore bands (Southport would be up there if they met the strict criteria). They are in frankie Stubbs and Leatherface’s shadow but are emerging. Stay Clean Jolene have a connection to the Great St Louis and that’s where the connection comes in. Powerfully packed guitar based tunes that pack a punch. Over in an instant like the sun bursting through clouds. I need more

Brilliant

 

http://staycleanjolene.bandcamp.com/album/3-songs