Rebellion 2016 – Day 1

Rebellion 2016. Day 1

 

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Puke goodie bag on sake for ukelele punk band the pukes

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 of loyal supporters ready for the days trip.

Rebellion promises to be extra special this time around. There’s more stages than ever, an outdoor arena and the literary stage has moved to the fancy surroundings of the Opera House. Will we be able to fit in all we hope for? The next four days will tell but for now it’s the thoughts of a starting 11 of jennie russell, Geoffrey oicott, pears, Jaded eyes, flag, Billy liar, bouncing souls, lost cherries, tv smith, descendants and the pukes with a definite sub to come on in TSOL that has me excited

There’s a bigger buzz about Rebellion this year. Much larger crowd than previous opening days, outdoor stage that is blasting the likes of evil blizzard makes it a different atmosphere but a one way system for people in operation makes moving between stages that but more difficult

Pears play high octane hardcore with tunes promising to breakthrough but it’s an assault for sure.

Vicki viortex and the cumshots are of one of these band names. Singalong basic enough punk rock. Plenty of 1-2-3-4 along the way. They are on at the same time as Ted diabase so a select few songs from both bands was enough. Ted diabase is much more punk rock’n’roll but full of power like all the best three pieces.  We all looked on bemused as Hundreds of Diabase pounds were spread into the audience

 

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Jennie Russell is one of the brains behind rebellion so I really wanted to hear what she had to say. A great thing about rebellion is the literary stage. The stories of the punks who live through the past 40 years are related here. I really wish they could be recorded and stored as a document of our history but I suppose tongues wouldn’t be as loose that way. This years literary event is in the 2.200 seater opera house. Just one of 7 venues being used With a venue this big it takes a lot of filling and whilst the opera house was sparsely attended as jennie spoke of the history of rebellion over the past 20 years Jennie is bound by the questions asked and watching her I was wishing they were better prepared. No insightful questions but still a pleasure to hear her talk

I read about army of skanks in the latest suspect device so in a way it was luck riche rocker ran out of questions for Jennie as I caught a few of their songs. Tight enough punky sound.

Jaded eyes however brought it to another level. New band they aren’t really but they were on the new band stage. US influenced sound and I only cut the set short as it was a long trip round be one way system to see flag. Looking forward to listening to the new record i bought,

Not black anymore just stripped down to flag. They still made me leave jaded eyes and it the set proved me right. These are hardcore pioneers, it was worth being in the middle of a smoking area to hear such songs. Kind of weird listening to a band with the sun shining in my eyes though (another rarity for Blackpool. The sun was shining). If you’re reading this then chances are you have either got a black flag record or the bands you listen to certainly do. However after leaving the intimate surrounding of the new band stage I feel my punk rock belongs back there. Whilst I loved the flag set in the open air it is with jaded eyes I belong. Flags set seemed like a greatest hits yet the band had no hits. So many classic songs that have stood the test of time. Not that flag don’t deserve your attention. These people played the small rooms for years and trailblazed the way for other bands. It’s just that it seems so alien having them on a big stage seperated from us.

Svetlana from Russia have all the power of flag with an almost menacing feel. It grabs you by the throat and is full on attack. Raw power.

Mauro clash city rocker gave me a chance to sit down as he played acoustic versions of clash and Ramones songs. Sing along for sure and then when he got our attention he threw in an original song

I catch two songs from London band the duel. Maybe it’s me but I just don’t get it. I do get Billy Liar though. Scottish folk punk with a quirky acoustic style. Songs are reflections on life and are class.

It’s back out again for bouncin souls with poor sound. Still always nice to listen to 7 Seconds / Bad religion type songs.

I felt like i stumbled across a secret party with youth man on the new band stage. Huge energy, powerful sound. Post punk with the volume turned up. I’m glad to be part of this gang. Looking forward to the new ep, best band of the day. Check them out

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I then settle into the anarcho punk sound of lost cherries. I listened to these back in the 80s and still remember those idealistic days when anarcho punk was the soundtrack for what was about to change in the world, it just had to!! Lost Cheeres are still screaming about the rights of the voiceless. And long may they have that anger.

TV smith warmed me up for the double highlight off the night. Tim is as essential to rebellion as rock is to Blackpool. His acoustic sets are legendary but tonight he moves to the larger opera house capacity. It’s no problem and we are treated to a set of TV Smith with various guests blasting out classics over the past 40 years, including a new song too

Due to time clashes I caught half sets from the descendants and the membranes. The descendants are much lauded for their pop hardcore speed, almost leaders of that social sound. I was willing to skip the Membranes as I will see them again in December but there was something missing with the Descendent, maybe Milos voice or maybe that big stage is just too big. Maybe you need to be right up the front.

The sound in the Opera House is spot on for the half Membranes set I catch. Guitar assault backed up by the steady bass fuzz of John Robb and Rob Haynes solid drums the Membranes are an all inclusive group of troubadors. Robb tries frantically to get people on stage, seeking out scientists. I just wanted to sit and watch at this stage.

Finished the day off with the pukes ukelele fun, 13 people on the Opera House playing punk classic with their ukeleles, whats not to like there.

niallhope

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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The Pukes – Too drunk to pluck

The pukes
Too drunk to pluck
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By now you’ve probably heard about the movable feast that is the pukes. Movable in that they can range from 12 to 30 members on any one night depending on who has brought the ukeleles. They mainly do covers of classic punk songs and live they are a sight to behold. This really is punk rock, a group of people up on stage doing what they want and being inclusive.

They have been touring around for a few years now and have finally released their debut album. We have 12 songs with covers of songs by the likes of Dead Kennedys, ramones, The business and wire. There is a drum and bass beat providing the rhythm but the rest are all ukeleles and vocals so it’s not the agressive in your face sound we associate with such songs. The fact that the pukes are predominately female is a real bonus in the boys club that can be punk rock. All these originals were originally sung by men and are given a sex change.

Too drunk to pluck represents fun and freshness never heard on cd’s. This is the future of punk rock, grab your uke and get plucking

niallhope

Rebellion 2014 – Day 2

Rebellion 2014 day 2

I eased into the second day listening to Peter from paranoid visions talking about punk in Dublin in the 80s and their link with Steve Ignorant

I had a quick listen to the city saints and their brand of Swedish street punk. Nice to hear them singing about people on the streets and the skins in the arena were having a good time

“Punk rock came along and gave me a sense of freedom, of where I belong” sang caf in the acoustic room. Straight from the curragh to the winter gardens

Steve pottinger is the people poet, he writes from the heart and has a way with words, unlike me!! He writes about rebellion and Blackpool and Wilko Johnson like he’s just hooting the breeze with ya. Check him out

The theme for my next fanzine will be around womens participation in punk rock but rebellion has a good representation (but still minority for the majority species) Meg and nog are a female duo in the acoustic room. They are deserving of your attention for that reason alone. Nina and Phil from healthy junkies were up next playing some nice acoustic version of what I think are their songs

The crows are a five piece with dual female vocals complemented by three acoustic guitars with a folky sound. Pretty cool set

Off for some more poetry then. It’s such a great feature of this indoor festival. Venues pop up around each corner and in the corner of the art exhibition Kath reade was sharing her words with us

Alex ogg and russ bestley spoke eloquently on Alex’s new book on dead Kennedys the early years. Alex wants to document one of the most important records ever made, fresh fruit for totting vegetables, and russ made it look great. They collaborated previously on the art of punk and the end product is fantastic. I love the literature room as we get to hear so much about our punk history. I wish these were taped and available online. It’s great to hear people’s stories. There was so many questions I wanted johnny wah wah to ask but he may be having a long day

Guida are Italian skins, oi sounding with a more rocking feel. Good singalong sound

The notsensibles have all that energy and their quirky punk pop sound gets the crowd moving. Bizarrely at5 on a Friday afternoon there’s hundreds of people engaging with the band

I walked in as department s were finishing is vic there! Remember that one?? Still a great sound

Pauline Murray is from that era too. Well know for being the lead singer of penetration but less known for her own releases. It is heartening to see her sill playing. She ran into technical difficulties which only aided her shynes and the packed acoustic room couldn’t assist her in any way

Tv smith certainly isn’t shy. Full of energy, I honestly don’t know how he does it. Backed up by the bored teenagers he bangs out the adverts hits and then some. Full of power and always a highlight on the festival

Dickie Hammond arrived into the venue about 8 hours before going on stage. I saw him come in. He picked a seat in the acoustic room and pretty
much sat there all day. Drinking. The man has pedigree, being guitarist orf leather face and HDQ but its a shame to see him like this. A real shame

The fits are hometown heroes. My guess is many cities have such bands. Played back in the day, recorded a few songs but never really got out of the city Maybe Blackpools defects. Only thing is the singer is the sole remaining member. A lot of bands at rebellion remind me of football teams. They exist with different lineups every season. The fits are no different. Good tunes though.

The dictators paraded their new bass player to the audience. I could go through most bands here and the punk family tree would shine. Anyway I didn’t want to be introduced to the members of dictators from the stage. You are people we are people, that’s punk. Anyway they kind of rocked out but not my punk

Culture shock have amazing songs there’s a reason why they are favourites here and that’s the songs. Ska punk at its best and dik, like Charlie harper just doesn’t age. He looks as he did when subhumans played Dublin in 1984. Amazing

So Blackpool is home to George formby gigs and the pukes have taken his spirit and given it the punk rock treatment. Punk rock ukelele musi, playing all your favourite clash, ramones and dead Kennedys songs and ukeing them up. It looks like an anarchic mess on stage which adds to the atmosphere as 14 people mostly armed with ukelele bring us these classics. Great stuff, get their new album too drunk to pluck, if you can.

Last acoustic troubadour of the night is Patrick Fitzgerald but he didn’t make it. Ah well Attila the stockbroker continues his set to keep us going. Ukelele but not the pukes, poetry but not Steve pottinger. Who else could write the line “you wrote the soundtrack to my life commandante joe” he was hoping to talk to strummer as two 80 year olds someday but joe left us early. We still have his songs and memory and Attila remembered it tonight

I have many fond memories of the men they couldn’t hang gigs in ireland. They seemed to constantly visit at a time that I could travel to gigs. Kieran would drive to drogheda or wherever and we would sing along to political guitar based folk songs. We believed fascists were evil and the miners were righteous. Not a lot has changed in our beliefs but how the world has in the intervening 30 years. Great to see a big crowd happy to see them tonight. I only got 30 minutes though as I had some sightseeing to do

I have been visiting Blackpool since coming over on family holidays as a kid. I have been to pleasure beach, Bloomfield park, all the piers but had never gone up the tower. Until tonight. The membranes decided to play a gig on top of Blackpool tower and despite the allure of Reagan Youth in the empress ballroom I couldn’t turn it down. I have been to gigs on some strange places but none like this. Black pools major tourist attraction. The tower itself is a huge complex with many venues but the membranes went straight to the top. All 150 metres up there. A 2 inch glass floor allows you to see the while way down, not one for those concerned about heights. What a setting though. I arrive as evil blizzard are on stage. Masked and dangerous. The 3 bass players, drummer and occasional synth make some racket. Part public image limited but so much more intense. A small room overlooking the whole of Blackpool suited their sound.

And then the membranes came on, with guitarist Nick Brown, who was in the creation days of the band. It’s an assault on your ears, an aural landscape as I perused, from on high, the attractions I had been to previously. Blackpool is john robbs home town, here he was playing on top of the tower that haunts its landscape. As a teenage punk he would have seen it in the distance each day as he grew up in a place he needed to leave but a place always close to his heart. The small room was enveloped in noise this was death to trad rock at its finest 30 years after they tried to kill it off

What a journey

Niallhope

Hope Show 38 – the lowdown

Hope show 38 – the lowdown

1. The Descendents – Silly Girl
2. Black Flag – 6 Pack
3. Shitty Limits – Smarty Guys
4. BL’AST – Your Eyes
5. Schwartzeneggar – The Way Things Are
6. Annabel – You COuld Be Living Better
7. HDQ – IF Only
8. Mueran Humanos – Give A Party
9. Fawn Spots – Spanish Glass
10. No Age – I WOn’t Be Your Generator
11. No Age – Everybodys Down
12. Superchunk – FOH
13. Superchunk – Me & You & Jackie Mittoo
14. Membranes – In The Graveyard
15. Flatliners – Young Professionals
16. American Steel – Love and Logic
17. The Pukes – GLC
18. The UNdertones – Get Over You
19. The Middle Ones – Young Explorer

I love the Descendents . My friend Alan Sherry put me on to them when MIlo went to College. I Don’t Want to Grow Up has great tunes, Silly Girl is one of them

Speaking of Silly People this week saw that marketers dream, Arthurs Day. Thankfully this nation got it into its consciousness that we can speak out against things and Arthurs Day wasn’t quite the national holiday Guiness wanted it to be. I don’t have Too Drunk to Fuck on digital so Six Pack it has to be

I wanted to play Straight Edge by Minor Threat but again couldn’t find the digital version. Instead I played Shitty Limits . Ive been meaning to play these for weeks. Their ‘Beware the limits’ album is criminally ignored – not by me though

BL’AST’s new album is getting a bit of attention, Your EYES is testament to it.

I saw Steve Ignorant do a nice acoustic gig earlier this year and he played this Schwartzeneggar song. “If this is the Way Things Are, it’s the way it’s meant to be” or is it?

Annabel are from OHIO. Their Youth is Youth lp is out now and worth investigating.

HDQ are from Sunderland and have a new record out on Boss Tunegage – In the absence of that record I’ve played If Only from their John Peel session, it was on their Sinking lp also

No doubt you have come across Louder Than War website. It is also a sporadic label and 2 7″s that came out last year on it are Mueran Humanos and Fawn Spots. Good stuff to keep you bopping

No Age are coming to Dublin next week to try and get you to hear their new lp, an object . It’s a great album but then again so was Weirdo Rippers so I’ve played a track from each

Superchunk have a new album out. This kind of stuff gets me excited. I saw them in toronto in 1995 and have been following them with great interest ever since, hoping they will come to Dublin one day. One day eh?

The Membranes played Dublin in the 80’s. Twice. Well they visited twice but played 5 times. Their gigs were a shambolic collection of noise and excitment and great great fun. This is their newest song. it’s nearly as long as some of their sets were in the 80’s but they were such an important band. They really were.

I’ve been talking about the Flatliners over the last few shows. I’ve finally got the new album and haven’t been disappointed. Much more punk rock that Superchunk but just as exciting. it’s been a good week for me for music for sure.

Destroy the Future before it kills us is what American Steel advised. Love and Logic is all we need eh.

All the Pukes need are their Ukeleles, must be nearly 19 on this record.

I can’t believe I’m doing this show over a year and haven’t played The Undertones. The Undertones. Enough Said. Time to change that.

I have played The Middle Ones. They have been doing some interesting gis lately. Young Explorer is from their live tape released this year

Hope Show 34 – the lowdown

Hope Show 34 – for absent friends

1. Rocket Juice and the moon – Hey Shooter
2. Grant Hart – The Argument
3. Mike Watt – Against The 70’s
4. Goldblade – Riot Riot
5, Panthro U.K. United 13 – Sound of a gun
6. The Evens – Wonder Why
7. Matana Roberts – Secret Covens
8. Barry McCormack – The Road to Tyrellspass
9. Glimmermen – Peace at Last
10. David Grubbs – A Dream to help me sleep
11. Midday Veil – Sun Stone
12. Hunx and His Punx – Mud In Your Eyes
13. Blast – Winding Down
14. Funeral Oration – Still IN A Punk Band
15. The Pukes – GLC
16. Zounds – Deportee
17. The Lives Of Millionaires – Act One Scene One
18. Southport – Fade Away

My daughter is getting into the Red Hot Chili Peppers and she switched me on to Rocket Juice and the moon. It is a collabaration between Damon Albarn, Flea and Tony Allen. It’s an interestng album shooting off in all quandrants with a very funky background (funky bassline, who’d have imagined that?)

I played Grant Hart a coule of weeks ago but want to get back to this album. I’m feeling pretty nostalgic today. I’m thinking of Seamus Heaneys family and how the death of one man has received pretty much universal approval in expressing sadness and empathy. His 2 sons have been to a few Hope gigs and one of them played drums in the Lawnmowers. Mike Watt featured heavily in their musical education so I’ve played Grant and Mike for them.

I’m also nostalgic because my son lost his Semi-Final today. He loves uplifting music and what is more uplifting than Goldblade . We played this song as a battle cry last night. Didn’t work though!!

Panthro UK United 13 is some mouthful. This band changed their name to Black Cougar SHock Unit but along the way released a criminally underated album, this is from that

The Evens released their third album this year, the odds. I’m just throwing this in so You don’t forget it.

Matana Roberts is a really interesting person, full of free jazz and rhythms that will have you all over the place. I played Secret Covens as it’s 1min53secs – didn’t want to get you too worried

I’ve been thinking of Dublins history a lot of late. I visted the excellent Dublin Tenement Experience and would have been at the lockout commemoration today if it hadn’t of been for the aforementioned semi-final. Rather than delving into our history I’ve taken the recent album by Barry McCormack (well 5 years is recent) and the new album by Glimmermen to celebrate Dublin today. And I won’t mention the All-Ireland Semi Final v Kerry as that could well be over by the time you read this.

David Grubbs voice is one I could listen to forever. I first came across him in Squirrel Bait and then Bastro. This rickets and scurvyy album is a beauty. No other word for it don’t ya think

Midday veil have a new album called Current (how long this that title stay relevant for?) coming out next month on Translinguistic Other. This is from that, I’m looking forward to the album.

I’m enjoying the Hunx and His Punx album, more than I should I suppose. It’s raw punk rock us style. Not too disimilar to Black Flag (who I played last week) and Blast who are next. Actually totally not similar at all but coming from the same place if that can be possible

I love Funeral Oration – tuneful punk rock from the Netherlands that dabbles in a US hardcore sound. They didn’t play rebellion this year but would have been a welcome addition.

The Pukes and Zounds both played Rebellion and gave me the opportunity to get both these records and share them with you. I played Deportee as it is a poignant memory of times when people left Ireland to travel unfriendly land, much like what this country has become. 100 years after the lockout what has changed? Maybe we drink coffee and wine and have nicer clothes?

The lives of millionaires remind me of the world we are chasing, the world of bankers and big bucks, the world we hope isn’t too alluring for others, but we just can’t seem to change it can we?

In memory of Big Jim Larkin, James Connolly and Seamus heaney I play Fade Away by Southport who have just announced their decision to stop playing as a band (damn shame).

niallhope

Hope Show 33 – the lowdown

the lowdonw on tonights show

1. Ted Leo – Bottled IN Cork
2. football, etc – red zone
3. The Draft – Impossible
4. Shorebirds – Upside Down
5. Wrecks – NOT
6. The Pukes – Will I learn
7. Glimmermen – There Was a Boy
8. Hooligan – No Black, No Irish, No Dogs
9. Moldy Peaches – Nothing Came Out
10. Only Strangers – After Dark
11. The Roughneck Riot – Ignorance Is Easy
12. Keith Morris – Nervous Breakdown
13. No Age – I WOn’t be your generator
14. Ryan Adams – Nervous Brea
15. Black Flag – Six Pack
16. Wringer – Closed Book
17. Drenge – Bloodsports
18. Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros – Mega Bottle Ride
19. The Clash – Complete Control
20. The Clash – Armagideon Time

Ted Leo is a favourite in my house, no song more popular than Bottled In Cork. the kids love singing aloing, it’s kind of our road song

I got a compilation recently from No idea records and like the name of football etc, what other reason do you need to play a song?

For a while I thought they had some link to the draft and got caught out trying to check it out, Turns out football, etc have an album called the draft.

No to be confused with The Draft, who have an album called IN a Million Pieces, which Impossible is taken from. The album is on epitaph but the draft have people from Hot Water music which are linked to No Idea records

as are Shorebirds. Ex latterman, Jawbreaker and rvivr – what a pedigree. They have an excellent album, It’s Gonna Get Ugly

I played a track from the Wrecks new ep, on the last show. I’m debuting another one from the Ep tonight, called NOT. Wrecks feature two people from Slice of Life, who feature Steve Ignorant on Vocals and sound nothing like this.

I saw the Pukes a couple of weeks ago and it was a blast. over 20 people on stage, most of them playing ukelele and blasting out punk covers. Their new 7″ has 3 covers and 1 (not so) original. This is their original.

I missed the Glimmermen album launch due to the Pukes but I stillmanaged to get the record and it’s a winner. You should try it out.

This is turning into a home based set. Hooligan’s new Ep, No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs is out now and this talks abut a different era when Irish people weren’t welcome abroad.

I came across Moldy Peaches through the movie Juno. I had heard

them but they were on my list of bands to check out…..eventually. That eventually was ehen I saw Juno and loved the anti-folksy lo-fi sound. Nothing came out is from their s/t album

I only came across Only Strangers because their friends ROughneck Riot posted about them on facebook. The power of Social media eh

I reviewed Roughneck Riot for my blog and compared them to the Men They Couldn’t Hang. I just get that Ironmasters vibe from them all the time. I played a song last week and gave it the wrong title. That was called Waiting to DIe. TOnight’s one is Ignorance Is Easy. All my men they couldn’t hang stuff is on

vinyl but listen to Ironmasters and see if you get the connection.

although it’s more obvious in other songs (he says covering himself)

I interviewed No age earlier this week and was asked to ask their favourite SST record. They picked Nervous Breakdown by Black Flag, this small set is for No age. I love the new record so I’ve mixed them in with 2 versions of Nervous Breakdown and for good measure Six Pack

Wringer is a new band to me, from US. They have an album out

called Bullfighter which this is from, pretty cool record

Another new one is Drenge from UK. Bloodsports is from their debut

s/t lp and it’s keeping with the theme I suppose – remember though using animals for your personal pleasure is just wrong so don’t bullfight or hunt

There was a lot made out this week because it would have been the birthday of a certain dead Irish musician, Phil Lynott. I never really cared for his music while he was alive so wasn’t sharing in the celebrations, however one man I was quietly celebrating was Joe Strummer who would have been 61. My dog is named after the great man and we sang this song and the rest for Joe during the week

niallhope

The Pukes – Will I learn

The Pukes
Will I Learn 7″
Damaged Goods

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New single from 20 piece Ukelele playing (mainly), female (mainly) Punk Covers band(mainly).

In a word riotous. 3 covers and an original here give a great introduction to the madcap ukelele antics of the Pukes. Formed in true punk style as a gang of friends getting together every week playing some music. All with the same instrument. These friends grew in number and learned to play ukelele.

They then got some friends to provide the backing and rhythm of guitar, bass and drums and started playing live. Their gigs are madcap affairs of classic punk covers and we get an insight here.

Don’t take my word for it, watch this video and then buy the record
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