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Blackpool Winter Gardens

Saturday 5th August 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 
The continues to shine on Blackpool and it’s already the penultimate day of Rebellion Festival, a day that tends to encourage greater levels of excess amongst those I have come to know at the festival, so my recollections may be hazy and I’m just glad I took notes. Its an early start as Wreck-Age are opening on the Introducing Stage and I manage to avoid the worst of the queues when the Winter Gardens opens to ensure I get in on time. Wreck-Age boast an impressive line up born of past and present members of First Wave, B-Movie Britz and Hi Fi Spitfires, despite one of their number being stuck in traffic they take to the stage regardless, maintaining their DIY and punk rock spirit to deliver an impressive semi improvised set.
 
Rebellion 17 Hands Off GretelOver on the Empress Ballroom The Kut are delivering a bruising set of punk rock inspired by the riot grrrrl scene, which makes them the perfect band to precede Hands Off Gretel who have catapulted themselves from the Introducing Stage to the Empress Ballroom in 12 months. Hands Off Gretel have expanded back to a four piece since I last saw them, their impressive set that is culled largely from their Burn The Beauty Queen album and sees the full rage of Hands Off Gretel restored, and we have an early contender for band of the day. Over on the Casbah Stage the Rhythmites are delivering a set of laid back ska in the blazing afternoon sunshine, and back inside on the acoustic stage I catch Fuzzwah being joined on stage by the legend that is Charlie Harper for an impromptu rendition of the classic UK Subs single, Warhead.
 
Rebellion 17 Chaos 8Chaos 8 deliver their intense industrial punk rock to am absolutely packed Introducing Stage, and you can see why as Beki Straughan is a formidable front woman, and she’s backed up by a powerful line up that hammers home the impact of their dystopian industrial punk rock to incredible effect, and this is another band that I would expect to see make the leap to one of the larger stages in the coming years. Former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock is playing acoustically and sharing anecdotes in the Pavillion Stage to an appreciative crowd, and over in the Opera House The Lurkers are sounding like it’s still 1977, but when they bemoan recording new material it strikes a slightly sour note with me, as it’s new bands and new material that keeps the punk scene vibrant and progressive, so it’s onward and upwards.
 
Rebellion 17 Dept SDepartment S are a band who have consistently moved on, rather than relying on their well known hit single, Is Vic There?, they’ve developed a loyal following and I owe a debt to the duo that convinced me to go and see them. The evening now has me stage hopping as Louise Distras is playing a set with her full band, her first after her crowdfunder successfully hit it’s target to make her sophomore album a reality, and as ever she plays with all the passion and fire that fuels her songwriting. The Anti Nowhere League are ploughing through their usual chaotic and offensive set over in the Empress Ballroom, and after all this time would we have them any other way? Their classic songs such as So What, Woman and For You are delivered to a booze fuelled audience who know every word and profanity.
 
Over on the Casbah Stage Neville Staples is bringing a distinctly mellower ska influence to the Rebellion Festival, tracks such as Monkey Man, and Message To You Rudy are perfect for the sun drenched evening, but the highlight is skanking version of The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum that sees the politicallly relevant chorus echoing across the Casbah Stage, and a closing trilogy of Gangsters, Guns Of Navarone and Ghost Town closes an incredible set of ska and two tone. The Ruts DC hit the Casbah Stage with the blend of dub and punk rock that carries a strong message of unity. Their set is culled mainly from the legendary debut, The Crack, and their last releases, Music Must Destroy, and the Ruts DC are an example of a band who are as good now as they ever were and are writing music that remains relevant, just as they did when they first emerged on the punk scene. They throw a few curve balls into the set, David Bowie‘s Suffragette City is delivered mid set and an excerpt from Pink Floyd‘s psychedelic jam, Interstellar Overdrive, creeps into In A Rut, and they close on with Psychic Attack rather than their classic single, Babylon’s Burning.
 
Rebellion 17 Louise DistrasFollowing two phenomenal sets on the Casbah Stage a dash inside means I go full circle and I catch the end of a triumphant acoustic set by Louise Distras who is playing to an absolutely packed Almost Acoustic Stage, afterwards she’s greeted by a enthusiastic fans old and new and speaking to a few of those who were present it’s clear that Louise Distras is an empowering figure in the modern punk scene. Finally it’s over to the Opera House to catch one of the original Northern Irish punk bands, The Defects, who are another of the first generation of punk bands who have returned for the Rebellion Festival and their charm and irreverent humour are as much an appeal as the chance to hear them play live. The evening ends with an appearance by The Vapors, a welcome return from a band who are known by most people for the classic Turning Japanese single, whilst it’s good to have them back when compared to the acts that preceded them their set seems a little flat, and the final day of this years Rebellion Festival beckons.
 
The review of the Sunday at the Rebellion Festival 2017 will follow shortly on The Punk Site.
 
The Rebellion Festival wesbsite is here
 
Unofficial live photography courtesy of Froggy, Lindsay Peebles and Eloise Coone
 
You can click on any of the photos to view a slide show of the images 
 

The Punk Site ‘Rebellion Festival 2017’ Preview, Part Three

Rebellion 2017 April2016 saw the Rebellion Festival celebrate its 20th year alongside the 40th anniversary of punk with a spectacular sold-out event. Over four days at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, iconic bands from every aspect of punk across the world shared stages with new and emerging talent, and the 2017 Rebellion Festival looks set to be no different. Returning to Winter Gardens in Blackpool from the 3rd to the 6th of August, the line-up is shaping up to be another punk genre defining event. The Punk Site is fortunate enough to be covering the Rebellion Festival again this year, as this is Europe’s largest punk festival and it boasts a bewildering array of bands, acts, art and temptations, we’re going to be looking ahead at what this years Rebellion Festival has to offer

The full line can be viewed here and tickets for the 2017 Rebellion Festival can be purchased here

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Chaos 8 Release Video For ‘What Have You Become’

chaos-8-cause-and-effectChaos 8 released their sophomore album, Cause And Effect, earlier this year, the album can still be purchased direct from Chaos 8, via their Facebook page, and is also available digitally via iTunes. Chaos 8 saw the year out with a final show at Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle on December 1st and they have released a third video, this time for the track What Have You Become, using footage filmed at their final concert of 2016

The Punk Site review of Cause And Effect is here and Chaos 8‘s Facebook page is here

Cause and Effect can be ordered from iTunes here 

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Chaos 8 Release Video For ‘Make Me Believe’

chaos-8-cause-and-effectChaos 8 released their sophomore album, Cause And Effect, earlier this year, the album can still be purchased direct from Chaos 8, via their Facebook page, and is also available digitally via iTunes. Chaos 8 saw the year out with a final show at Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle on December 1st and they have released a second video, this time for the track Make Me Believe, using footage filmed at their final concert of 2016

The Punk Site review of Cause And Effect is here and Chaos 8‘s Facebook page is here

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Chaos 8 Release Video For ‘4 Minutes’ From ‘Cause And Effect’ LP

chaos-8-cause-and-effectChaos 8 released their sophomore album, Cause And Effect, earlier this year, the album can still be purchased direct from Chaos 8, via their Facebook page, and is also available digitally via iTunes. Chaos 8 saw the year out with a final show at Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle on December 1st and they have released a video for the track 4 Minutes using footage filmed at their final concert of 2016

The Punk Site review of Cause And Effect is here and Chaos 8‘s Facebook page is here

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Chaos 8 Announce Digital Release Of ‘Cause And Effect’

chaos-8-cause-and-effectChaos 8 released their sophomore album, Cause And Effect, earlier this year, the album can still be purchased direct from Chaos 8 at their shows and via their Facebook page. The album is now also available digitally via iTunes.

Chaos 8 are seeing the year out with a final show at Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle on Thursday December 1st with support from Manchester based electronic band St Lucifer.

The Punk Site review of Cause And Effect is here and Chaos 8‘s Facebook page is here

You can order Cause and Effect from iTunes here

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Chaos 8

Cause And Effect

Self Released
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Chaos 8 are a alternative quintet from the North East of England, they were formed in 2012 from the songwriting partnership of guitarist Paul Williams and vocalist Beki Straughan. They released their debut album, Burn, in 2013 to critical acclaim, and have continued to tour relentlessly across the UK, all the while building up to the release of their sophomore album, Cause And Effect. Like their debut album, Cause And Effect is a completely DIY affair from the roots up, everything is done off their own backs and is a demonstration of their commitment to Chaos 8.

Their debut album was one I liked a lot, it balanced Becky Straughn‘s vocals against a powerful musical backdrop, now what does Cause And Effect have to offer, it would have been easy for them to tread water and repeat the formula from the impressive debut. Cause And Effect opens with the punishing industrial number, Four Minutes, it’s immediately apparent that Chaos 8 have refined their sound and this is a more precise and heavier beast of an album than it’s predecessor. Each song varies the influence from the punkier faster numbers to the darker industrial material, there’s a even a more gothic touch on End Of My Days with it dark orchestral strings.

Cause And Effect has shades of both Killing Joke and Ministry when they were in their prime in it’s DNA, but this is in no way a throwback to a past era, the influences may be worn on their sleeves but this a contemporary album that veers towards industrial and post punk stylings, but retains a punk edge of aggression that focuses the material perfectly. The second album is traditionally supposed to be the difficult one, Chaos 8 are blissfully unaware of this cliché as Cause And Effect is a step up from their impressive debut. This is an album that should to bring them the attention they deserve as this will definitely be one of my favourite albums from 2016.

Cause And Effect will be released on the 30th September and the album will be launched on that date at the Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough, UK where physical copies of the album will be on sale. Chaos 8 will be opening the Great British Alternative Festival in Skegness on 7th October and will also be playing Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle on Thursday December 1st with support from Manchester based electronic band St LuciferCause And Effect can be purchased direct from Chaos 8 at their shows or via their Facebook page, there will also be a limited edition coloured vinyl edition that will be available later this year.

Chaos 8‘s Facebook page is here

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Chaos 8, Hi-Fi Spitfires, Loaded 44 & UK Subs

Beki And Steve Straughan

Angelic Upstarts, Chaos 8, Hi-Fi Spitfires, Loaded 44, UK Subs, Holy Racket, Symbient, The Last Gang
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Beki and Stephen Straughan are possibly the hardest working couple in punk rock at the moment, Beki is active in Chaos 8, Stephen, also known as Steve Racket, is active in Hi Fi Spitfires and the Angelic Upstarts, and has recently become the guitarist for the UK Subs, as if that wasn’t enough both of them are in Loaded 44. I managed to catch them in a rare quiet moment to get an insight into what the future has in store for us from this industrious couple.

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Loaded 44

Come On!

STP Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Loaded 44 were formed two decades ago in the North East of the UK, the members are all prolific songwriters and are active in numerous bands, including Hi-Fi Spitfires and Chaos 8, making them something of a grass roots punk supergroup. Come On! is Loaded 44‘s sophomore album, it is the follow up to their impressive debut, Wasted On You. Sadly that album is no longer available, but Come On! gives those who missed out a chance to hear this excellent quartet.

Loaded 44 take their influences from late 70’s punk rock and new wave, the eleven tracks that make up Come On! are buzzsaw guitar pop punk tracks, that’s not pop punk as in four trendy haircuts marketed as punky by a major label, but a collection of infectious razor sharp punk songs which build to catchy choruses. Musically the album contains an impressive array of guitar riffs and hooks that are layered over a tight backline, whilst Beki Straughn‘s trademark powerful vocals carry the melody. This combination makes Come On! an irresistible and exuberant punk rock album that conveys an authentic attitude and intensity on every track on the album, throughout the length of Come On! Loaded 44 maintain an impressively high energy level that only drops when the final chord fades away.

Obvious comparisons for any female fronted punk band would the likes of Blondie and The Epoxies, Loaded 44 are less poppy than the former and not as retro as the latter, they balance punk sensibilities and whilst they embrace the past, they certainly aren’t living in it. My only concern would be that as the members of Loaded 44 have so many irons in the fire that it may be a while before we see another release from them.

Come On! can be ordered from STP Records or directly from the Loaded 44 website here

Chaos 8 Burn

Chaos 8

Burn

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Chaos 8 are a alternative quintet from the North East of England, they were forged in 2012 from the songwriting partnership of guitarist Paul Williams and vocalist Beki Straughan. They then expanded the line up with the addition of James Bowey, bass, Stevie Foster, drums, and David Mooney, keyboards, to create Chaos 8, they have been touring relentlessly since their inception and they remain defiantly independent.

Burn is a powerful album of alternative rock with strong post punk influences, musically they are reminiscent of a contemporary amalgamation of the best elements of the likes of late Killing Joke and Lemmy era Hawkwind, but all done with an individual style and flair that makes their material very much their own. They manipulate heavy guitar riffs and combine them with elements of dub and rock, the result is a ferocious and uncompromising album. Musically Chaos 8 are a force to be reckoned with, the guitars are brutal and to the fore, the drums are relentless and precise whilst the keyboards compliment their arrangements, rather than dominating them. in particular Beki Straughan‘s vocals are outstanding throughout the entirety of Burn, powerful and melodic but all the while rasping with constrained fury.

For me the best two tracks on the album are the opening track, At The End, this is a brutal pounding introduction that certainly grabs your attention from the opening seconds of Burn, the driving rocker Chemical Reaction is the other highlight, it boasts a heavy chugging guitar riff and pummelling drum beat. Whilst these two tracks are the ones that stood out for me, it must be stated that this is a remarkably consistent and engaging album across all of it’s ten tracks.

Chaos 8 are a million miles away from Beki Straughan‘s other band, Loaded 44, who are a much more punky affair, and that is a testament to her songwriting, as if the content of Burn wasn’t enough on it’s own. Chaos 8 have their sophomore album in the pipline, on the basis of the four track promo that provided a tantalising glimpse of their next album, Cause And Effect, it sounds like they have honed their sound to a razor sharp point and I can’t wait to hear the full album later this year. Mysteriously Chaos 8 remain unsigned, this is something that needs to rectified on the strength of their stunning debut and their forthcoming album.

You can purchase Burn from iTunes or direct from the bands Facebook page