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 me. This is what punk rock is all about, unexpected, surprising, energetic and inspiring. They don’t fit neatly into any of the punk rock tribes, and personally that’s one of the reasons they are a favourite new band of mine. They are harder to categorise because they are original.

Their songs were full of tight tension and coruscating release, a bit reminiscent of moments of Sonic Youth but are genuinely genre-defying. Maybe that’s why they feeling like something new stirring in the punk universe…

One of the best bands at the festival.

Michael

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 tempo and rhythm, and we’re certainly not indentikit punk. They could appeal to the rockers just as much. They reminded me of Babes in Toyland and L7, and how much those bands brought to the punk scene by injecting a dose of female energy.

Brain’s All Gone have a really solid musical foundation with a strong front-woman who was also a fine bass-player.

Their CDs were sold out, no surprise there, they’ll impress music fans anywhere.
They even took a bow towards the end of their set…..and it was well deserved.
Their lyric, You Seem to Love your Enemies, made me think.

Despite their name these are serious young women, confident and capable despite their singer saying ‘we don’t have anything to say’..that’s ok they let the music do the talking for them.

Michael