Blackpool Winter GardensSaturday 5th August 2017
By AJ Phink
2016 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
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Chaos 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
Cause and Effect can be ordered from iTunes here
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Chaos 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
Chaos 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
Chaos 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.
You can order Cause and Effect from iTunes here
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 Lucifer. Cause 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
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.
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 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