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Feeder To Headline Camden Rocks Festival 2017

Camden Rocks Feeder Mar 17The Camden Rocks Festival 2017 has announced Feeder as the headliners of this year’s festival, alongside another thirty bands today confirmed to join the line-up on June 3rd across 25 venues through Camden Town. The impressive line up already includes such punk luminaries as The Damned, The Ruts DC, The Professionals, Love Zombies, Louise Distras, Hands Off Gretel and the Anti Nowhere League

Tickets for the Camden Rocks Festival 2017 can be purchased here

The full list of bands for the Camden Rocks Festival 2017 can be viewed below Read More…

Louise Distras Album Fundraiser Update

louise-distras-bowieLouise Distras‘ fan fundraiser for her new album has reached the halfway mark of it’s goal, she has now recorded two brand new tracks for her, as yet untitled, second album and her new songs will be shared with pledgers very soon. In addition to this Louise has another twenty brand new songs written, demo’d and ready to be recorded as soon as the fundraiser reaches 100%. If you haven’t got involved yet you can help bring Louise Distras‘ new album to life by pledging today.

You can pledge for Louise Distras‘ new album here and details of her spring tour can be found here

Camden Rocks Festival Announces Latest Additions To Line Up

Camden Rocks Mar 17Today Camden Rocks Festival confirmed Merseyside’s indie rock legends, The Coral, Sheffield’s Reverend and The Makers will join the 2017 festival line up. Also topping the line-up this year are The Damned, who will play a very special set list exclusively for the Camden Rocks Festival. Having also recently announced The Rifles, Milburn, Carl Barat And The Jackals, Orange Goblin, Ruts DC, The King Blues & many more, this year sees Camden Rocks Festival pushing boundaries further still, set to host 250 bands and artists across 25 of Camden Town’s revered music venues on June 3rd 2017.

Tickets for the Camden Rocks Festival can be purchased here

The Full Line up of bands and venues for the festival can be found below Read More…

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Louise Distras Confirms Tour And Festival Dates For 2017

Louise Distras Feb 17Louise Distras has announced a string of headline shows and festival dates for 2017, she is also currently working on the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut album, Dreams From The Factory Floor, and has launched a fundraising campaign for the new album.

Details of the Fundraising campaign for the new Louise Distras album can be found here

Louise’s Facebook page is here and her website can be found here

You can view Louise’s tour dates below

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Louise Distras Announces Spring Tour And Festival Dates

Louise Distras Feb 17Following a sold out UK tour supporting The King Blues, Louise Distras has announced a string of headline shows and festival dates for 2017, she is currently working on the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut, Dreams From The Factory Floor, and has been championed by Kerrang! Magazine as a ‘Star of 2017’. 

Louise Distras‘ official website can be found here

Louise Distras‘ Spring tour and Summer festival dates can be viewed below Read More…

Camden Rocks Festival Annouces Line Up Additions

Camden Rocks Feb 17Having announced The Damned, Orange Goblin and Ruts DC amongst the first acts to be confirmed for Camden Rocks Festival 2017, today Sheffield’s recently reformed indie pioneers Milburn join the line-up, alongside Camden’s own Carl Barat & The Jackals, The Rifles, The King Blues, The Membranes and many more. Following a sold-out fifth year in 2016, this year will see Camden Rocks Festival up the stakes again, set to host a staggering 250 bands and artists across 25 of Camden Town’s venues on June 3rd 2017.

Tickets for the Camden Rocks Festival 2017 can be purchased here

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The King Blues And Louise Distras UK Tour Announced

louise-distras-kbBritish punk rock band The King Blues have announced Louise Distras as main support on their forthcoming 2017 UK tour. Louise Distras has just completed a tour across mainland Europe in support of her latest single, Aileen, a live album was recorded on the tour, at the legendary Wild At Heart venue in Berlin, that will be released shortly.

You can order Aileen, and Louise Distras’ debut album, Dreams From The Factory Floor, here

You can pre-order Louise Distras – Live In Berlin here

Catch Louise Distras and her band on the tour dates below Read More…

Louise Distras Announces 2017 Tour With The King Blues

louise-distras-nice-guys-dec-17The British firebrand singer songwriter Louise Distras has just completed a tour across mainland Europe in support of her latest single, Aileen, a live album was recorded on the tour, at the legendary Wild At Heart venue in Berlin, that will be released shortly. Never one to rest on her laurels, Louise has announced that she will be back on the road in the UK next month with The King Blues.

You can order Aileen, and Louise Distras’ debut album, Dreams From The Factory Floor, here

You can pre-order Louise Distras – Live In Berlin here

You can view the tour dates with The King Blues below Read More…

Louise Distras Releases ‘Nice Guys Finish Last’ Video

louise-distras-nice-guys-dec-17British firebrand singer songwriter Louise Distras pays homage to punk legends Green Day in a new video covering their 1997 hit, Nice Guys Finish Last. The track was originally recorded and released as part of Kerrang Magazine’s American Superhits CD. Louise Distras has just completed a tour across mainland Europe in support of her latest single, Aileen, don’t miss your chance to see her live in London this Friday 16 December at the Camden Rocks Xmas Party at Nambucca.

You can order Aileen, and Louise Distras’ debut album, Dreams From The Factory Floor, here

You can view the video for Nice Guys Finish Last below Read More…

Louise Distras On Kerrang! 30th Birthday Tribute To Green Day LP

k-green-day-dec-16British firebrand singer songwriter Louise Distras is a part of Kerrang! Magazine’s 30th birthday tribute album to Green Day. American Superhits is out today and available with this weeks issue of Kerrang! Louise Distras had this to say about her appearance on American Superhits

I chose ‘Nice Guys Finish Last’ because it’s one of my favourite tracks from ‘Nimrod’. It’s a classic Green Day track that got me through being bullied at high school, so me and my band decided to keep our cover original and fun. Green Day’s music is a big inspiration to me and I’m honoured to be a part of their 30th birthday tribute!

The CD also features Waterparks, Roam, Beach Slang, Andy Black,  As It Is, Hellions, Milk Teeth, Puppy, The Interrupters, The Xcerts, Candy Hearts, With Confidence and Twin Atlantic

Louise Distras To Release ‘Live In Berlin’

louise-distras-berlinLouise Distras has announced that she will be recording a live album tomorrow night, 27th November, at the legendary Berlin venue Wild At Heart. The album will be entitled Louise Distras – Live In Berlin, and it will include songs from her acclaimed debut album, Dreams from the Factory Floor, as well as offering a first chance for many fans to hear some of her brand new material.

All the funds raised from the sale of this download only live album will go directly towards funding the making of her as yet untitled sophomore album.

You can pre-order Louise Distras – Live In Berlin here

Louise Distras Announces European Tour Dates

louise-distras-bowieBritish firebrand singer songwriter Louise Distras has announced she will be returning to mainland Europe to celebrate the release of her brand new single Aileen out now via Street Revolution Records. Louise and her band will be performing in Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium later this month.

Aileen, and her acclaimed debut album Dreams From The Factory Floor, can be ordered here

Don’t miss your chance to catch Louise Distras live on the dates below Read More…

Louise Distras Aileen

Louise Distras

Aileen

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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

British singer songwriter Louise Distras brand new single, Aileen, is released today, September 30th 2016. Aileen is her first new music since the release of her critically acclaimed 2013 debut album Dreams from the Factory Floor, Aileen represents real musical growth, and it is also a significant change of direction for Louise Distras. Aileen an impassioned radio anthem that steps away from the punk and protest tags of her debut album, and into catchy as hell power pop territory, but it is important to note that this is not a signal that she is heading into making predictable radio friendly pop territory, this is a single that explores the dark story of America’s first female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos.

This is a single that is living proof, if ever it was needed, that pop music does not necessarily have to equate to dumb love songs. Aileen is a catchy as hell power pop number, whilst she has retained a punk edge this is a single that is far more accessible than her previous material, despite the accessibility of this new direction she has lost none of her edge. Aileen is a song that sees Louise Distras questioning rape culture and the sanctity of life. It is clear that although there is a move away from her previous musical style, this is a musical progression rather than a marketing strategy. To put it simply Aileen is one of the best singles you’ll hear this year.

Louise Distras has also announced that her eagerly anticipated second album will be a DIY project, she has set up a fundraising campaign to help make the album a reality. This should come as no surprise as Louise has always been fiercely independent and committed to making music on her own terms. On the basis of the quality of her new single this will be one of the most eagerly anticpated albums of 2017. In the meantime she is currently on tour with Love Zombies and The Amorettes and will be touring with Get Dead next month, she is one of the hardest working artists out there, and if you get the chance to catch her live then that is something that I would recommend you do.

Aileen can be ordered here and it can also be purchased at her shows

Details of the Fundraising campaign for the new Louise Distras album can be found here

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Love Zombies / The Amorettes / Louise Distras

Gullivers, Manchester, UK

26th September 2016
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

gullivers-26-sept-louise-distrasGullivers is located on the edge of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, nearby lie venues such as The Night And Day Café and The Castle, two of Manchester’s remaining record shops and independent stores such as Rockers England and the legendary Afflecks Palace, in short there isn’t much point in going anywhere else on this side of the city. On this typically rainy Manchester evening Gullivers is playing host to an impressive triple bill, the Love Zombies and The Amorettes are co-headlining this tour and Louise Distras is opening proceedings.

gullivers-26-sept-louise-distras-2Despite the torrential rain, and the early start time for Louise Distras‘s set, a healthy crowd has assembled and she receives a warm welcome from the damp mancunian crowd, her set tonight is a mix of songs from her acclaimed debut album, Dreams From The Factory Floor, and material from her forthcoming album. Louise is certainly on fine form tonight, she plays her vibrant acoustic set with her customary zeal and passion. The new material that was on display tonight indicates that her forthcoming sophomore album is going to be something to look forward to, and her established material loses nothing from it’s transition from electric to acoustic.

gullivers-26-sept-louise-distras-3Part way through her set, during a quiet section of a song, a member of the crowd with a foghorn like voice is having a very loud conversation, impressively Louise Distras dealt with this noisy interruption by pointedly extending the middle eighth of the song and when she had his attention she silenced him with nothing more than a meaningful glare, as usual she is not taking any prisoners. I’ve seen Louise Distras on many occasions over the last few years and I’ve never seen her give less than her all when she’s performing, if you get the chance to catch her live, and the odds are she will be on tour somewhere, then you should.

gullivers-26-sept-the-amorettesThere’s an ominous crack of thunder from the PA and this signifies that the second of tonight’s bands, and the first of tonight’s co-headliners, are taking the stage, Scotland’s The Amorettes. They are an all female trio who play full blooded no holds barred rock ‘n roll, the number of their Pledge Music t-shirts on display tonight indicates that they have well and truly established themselves in the North West of the UK and you can see why. The Amorettes channel the excesses of the world of rock ‘n roll and the result is a glorious fusion of the best elements of the kind of decibel abusing bands like Motorhead, AC/DC and the later releases by The Donnas.

gullivers-26-sept-the-amorettes-2The Amorettes play pure high octane hard edged rock music, and they play it as well I’ve heard it done. There are no excesses, no drum or guitar solos that make you wonder if you’ve got time to nip to that bar, just straight up rock served exactly as it should be. You could argue their sound is quite retro, but when it’s played this well, and with this much enthusiasm, who cares? By the end of the set most of the audience are singing along to their infectious choruses and fists are pumping furiously. The Amorettes treated a damp Monday night at Gullivers like they were headlining Wembley Stadium and they do exactly what rock is supposed to do, it puts big smile on your face and reminds you why it’s good to be alive

gullivers-26-sept-love-zombies-1Tonight it is the Love Zombies turn for the headlining slot on this co-headlining tour, in contrast to the previous two acts the Love Zombies play frantic melodic punk rock at it’s finest, that’s not to say this is any way pop punk, this is full tilt punk rock with a heavy back beat and a full on twin guitar attack that acts as a counterpoint to the wonderfully eccentric vocalist. Think of a female fronted misfits without the b-movie obsession, maybe throw in a dash of Ramones and early Blondie and you’re almost there, but their influences are by no means the whole story as Love Zombies bring their own character, charm and style to produce a something that is very much their own.

gullivers-26-sept-love-zombies-2In addition to their fine musical stylings the Love Zombies are certainly a visually compelling quintet, the hyperactive singer shimmys, bounces and kicks her way throughout the set, the twin blue Mohawk sporting bass player and the drummer anchor the whole thing with a pummelling rhythm section and the two guitarist resemble punk sentinels on either side of the stage. The Love Zombies are a glorious shot of bubblegum flavoured adernalin that I defy anyone with a love of punk rock not to fall in love with. This is another band that I hadn’t encountered before tonight, and they are another band that I will ensure I see again, and for me they mark the end what has been a perfect and diverse femme fronted triple bill.

gullivers-26-sept-love-zombies-3Every band on tonight’s bill has been different, each having their own style, from the emotive power pop of Louise Distras, the rock ‘n fucking roll of The Amorettes and Punkyness of Love Zombies, unusually I can’t decide which is my favourite and I’m calling it a three way tie. For me a concert isn’t just about the headlining act, everything about the evening affects your experience, all the bands, the venue, the crowd, the atmosphere and the music played in between bands, but I find that I can’t fault a single thing about tonight, this has been that rare beast of a perfect night out.

I would happily see any of tonight’s acts on their own, but together they have created the perfect storm, and for a wet Monday night in Manchester that is no mean feat, and I doubt I’ll see a better line up this year, or maybe even next year.

Photography is by Dean Unsworth, you can visit his Instagram account here and you can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slideshow of the images

The Amorettes web presence is here

Louise Distras‘s website is located here

The Love Zombies website can be found here

Louise Distras Releases Video For Her New Single ‘Aileen’

Louise Distras AileenBritish singer songwriter Louise Distras new single, Aileen, will be released on September 30th. Aileen is her first new music since the release of her critically acclaimed 2013 debut album Dreams from the Factory Floor. Aileen represents real musical growth, and it is also a sonic shift for Louise Distras. Aileen an impassioned radio anthem that steps away from the punk and protest tags of her past, and into catchy power pop territory. A review of Aileen will appear on The Punk Site on the release date.

Aileen can be ordered here

Details of the Fundraising campaign for the new Louise Distras album can be found here

The video for Aileen can be viewed below Read More…

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Louise Distras

DIY - Self Released
By on 11th September 2016 at via e-mail

 

 
 
It is little surprise that Louise Distras is already garnering comparisons to charged songstresses Brody Dalle and Courtney Love, but this British indie songstress is already a woman in a league of her own. Taking inspiration from Nirvana, Queen and The Beatles, Louise Distras channelled her anger, hopes and fears into anthems of love and fury for yet another let down generation with the release of her critically acclaimed debut Dreams from the Factory Floor. Louise agreed to talk to The Punk Site ahead of the release of her new single, Aileen, which is due for release on the 30 September 2016

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Louise Distras Announces Fundraising Campaign For New LP

Louise Distras FundraiserLouise Distras has announced that her eagerly anticipated second album will be a DIY project, she has set up a fundraising campaign to help make the album a reality. This should come as no surprise as Louise has always been fiercely independent and committed to making music on her own terms. She has been able to conjure up some exclusive offerings that will be available exclusively via her website. By pre-ordering the new, as yet untitled, second album and supporting this fundraising campaign, not only will you be contributing towards the recording, mixing, mastering and manufacturing of the record, but you’ll also have access to exclusive items such as signed CDs and vinyl, T-Shirts, behind the scenes footage, AAA Gold Laminate Passes, previously unheard demos and an acoustic gig in your living room. Read More…

Louise Distras Announces New Single And Tour

Louise Distras TourBritish firebrand singer-songwriter Louise Distras will release her brand new single, Aileen, on the 30th of September 2016. The song will be her first new music since the release of her critically acclaimed 2013 debut album Dreams from the Factory Floor

Aileen represents real musical growth and a sonic shift for Louise, being an impassioned radio anthem that steps away from the punk and protest tags of her past and into power pop territory, the single explores the dark story of America’s first female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos. It’s a song that sees Louise Distras questioning rape culture and the sanctity of life. The song is living proof, if ever it was needed, that pop music does not have to mean dumbed-down or throwaway.

The upcoming UK Tour dates can be viewed by clicking on the tour poster

You can pre-order Aileen here

 

Rebellion 2016

Rebellion Festival (Sunday)

Winter Gardens, Blackpool, UK

7th August 2016
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

The final day dawns, so far I’ve been running around trying to see as much as possible, sadly my feet can’t take much more  so my plan for the final day is to see a few bands I’ve been intending to see, along with reminding myself that next year I must get comfier boots. First Wave are opening on the Empress Ballroom stage, despite the fact that you can still taste the toothpaste at this early hour, they play a set of energetic and defiant punk rock that, as their name implies, is inspired by the first wave of British punk bands. Following this, and due to further complaints from my feet, I take the opportunity to take a seat and enjoy an interview with one of the original members of The Damned, Captain Sensible. Throughout the interview the Captain is irreverent and entertaining, he provides a profanity littered insight into The Damned‘s highs and lows over the last forty years and he ends the interview with an impromptu rendition of one of his novelty pop songs, Wot. I could happily have listened to Captain Sensible for a lot longer, he remains one of punk’s true eccentrics and a unique individual, but the interview is over and more live music awaits.

Healthy Junkies are another band I’ve been meaning to catch since I reviewed their last album, Box Of Chaos. They don’t disappoint live, their set of energetic punk rock is well received, Nina Coulson delivers her vocals in her breathless and manic style that juxtaposes the crunching delivery that rest of the band deliver. Sadly I can’t stay for their full set as Louise Distras is playing her second set of the weekend, I’ve seen her live many times, but this will be the first time I have got to see her play with a full band. The transformation of her songs from the acoustic sets I’ve seen her play so often to her full band is stunning. Songs that were performed yesterday as heartfelt ballads are transformed into full blooded punk anthems, it’s a tribute to her songwriting that the material works so well in both styles. I can honestly say that this set was one of the highlights of the weekend.

Goldblade are playing their rabble rousing punk ‘n roll outside on the Tower Stage, their set coincides with an aerial display by Red Arrows aerobatic display team so you have the visual spectacle of formation jet fighters as background to their set. Despite the jet fighters a bare chested John Robb still easily wins in the volume stakes, he prowls the stage like a caged animal and as they close their set with Do You Believe In The Power of Rock ‘N Roll he leaves the stage and encourages those down the from to testify to this. From this point my plans go astray as there are so many fine bands playing simultaneously. Belfast’s The Defects play an outstanding set of full tilt punk rock in The Empress Ballroom and then it’s back outside to catch Citizen Fish playing their energetic politically sussed ska. Their infectious and energetic performance causes an outbreak of skanking towards the back of the audience despite this being the fourth day of the Rebellion Festival.

Rebellion 2016 Dirt Box Disco by Dod Morrison photographyDirt Box Disco have almost become an automatic choice to make an appearance at UK punk festivals, their set is comprised of their ever popular hard edged anthemic pop punk that is delivered with the mix of humour and visual spectacle. If they carry on as they are then it won’t be too long before you see Dirt Box Disco headlining festivals as they have filled the Tower Street stage to capacity and their is set is deliriously received. Back inside it’s time for a final lap of the stages, I catch Germany’s Bonsai Kitten  playing a set of full tilt rockabilly inspired punk rock, and the scantily clad singer Tiger Lilly Marleen delivers her vocals with a snarl whilst she prowls and shimmys across the stage.

Over on the introducing stage, the much talked about Heavy Drapes play a set of old school inspired punk rock to a packed crowd, based on the reception they receive I can see them playing to a bigger audience next year. One of the biggest disappointments of the weekend is the fact that Street Dogs have cancelled their European tour dates, but fear not as Cocksparrer have stepped into the breach to deliver their ‘hangover set’ after they headlined Saturday Night, of course their anthemic street punk stylings are as well received as you’d expect.

Rebellion 2016 Jello Biafra & the GSM by Dod Morrison photographyAt this point the blazing sunshine that has characterised the weekend gives way to the more usual British summertime and the heavens open and the wind and rain lash across Blackpool but this doesn’t deter either the crowd, or the bands. Incredible closing sets are delivered by Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School of Medicine and Belfast’s finest, Stiff Little Fingers. I start to make my way home through the wind, rain and traffic jams, and if I’m honest I’m already counting the days until next year.

Blackpool is occasionally referred to as the Vegas of the North West, whilst I presume this is said by people who have never actually been to Las Vegas, Rebellion Festival has one thing in common with sin city, it is as busy in the early hours of the morning as it is during the day. I’m personally not a fan of Blackpool as a destination, it’s faded seaside grandeur and tackiness are usually something I would avoid, but for the four days of the Rebellion Festival there is nowhere on earth that I’d rather be.

Rebellion 2016 by Dod Morrison photographyIt’s not just the music that makes this such a special weekend, everyone seems to be friendly, friendships are made and renewed throughout the weekend in what has become an international punk festival. It’s not just the bands that have come from almost all corners of the world, the Rebellion Festival is a truly multinational affair, everywhere you go there are different languages and accents, it has become a magnet for the punk community and on the basis of the turnout the punk movement is clearly still alive and well. Every review of the Rebellion Festival you read will be different, there is so much to see, hear and do that everyone’s experience will be unique.

If you can attend this four day celebration of punk then you should, as there is nothing else like it on earth.

The Punk Site reviews of the Friday and Saturday at Rebellion Festival are here (Friday) and here (Saturday)

Tickets for the 2017 Rebellion Festival, that takes place between the 3rd and 6th of August 2017, can be ordered here

Photography by Dod Morrison

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Rebellion Festival (Saturday)

Winter Gardens, Blackpool, UK

6th August 2016
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

For Saturday the sun has continued to shine and another full day of punk rock beckons, whilst waiting for the Winter Gardens to open it’s doors I enjoy a coffee whilst sat next to a lifesize mannequin of Elvis Presley and watch some morris dancers, who resemble nothing less than a pack of dysfunctional crows, this is pretty much the epitomy of Blackpool’s tackiness. Thankfully the Rebellion Festival offers a welcome alternative to the town’s traditional attractions. The only problem is that there is so much on over the weekend that you will continually be stuck with difficult choices throughout the event, immediately I am confronted with a choice between The Pukes and STP Records legends, Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions. I opt for the former purely on the basis that I caught Spunk Volcano at Manchester’s North West Calling festival earlier this year.

The Pukes are holding a ‘pop up’ event where the audience are encouraged to join the band to form a punk ukulele orchestra, word has clearly spread as a healthy crowd turns up. The workshop culminates in a bizarre cover of The Exploited‘s Sex And Violence, presumably chosen as it contains three chords and three words. I can happily declare I am now officially a part time puke and can claim to have played the Rebellion Festival, this marked a slightly surreal but highly enjoyable start to the day. The first band that I’m not a part of that I catch are Choking Susan, they provide a blistering hardcore barrage and possess a visually captivating vocalist. Hands Off Gretel, who are playing the Introducing Stage, have attracted a sizeable crowd and treat their audience to a raucous set that sounds like it’s informed by the riot grrrl movement and the finer female fronted punk bands. Their set leaves me wanting to hear more by them and I’d be surprised if they aren’t playing to a bigger crowd the next time they play the Rebellion Festival.

Interrobang play a set that combines ska and old school punk rock, uniquely with no bass player, that is a contemporary hybrid of punk styles to produces an intriguing sound that brings something unique to the weekend. Then it’s over the outdoor Tower Stage for something far more predictable, Gimp Fist are veterans of the punk festival scene, they play their rousing set of street punk with it’s infectious choruses that is very well received by a beer fuelled crowd who are enjoying the warm sunny afternoon. I return inside as I’ve been meaning to catch the Hi-Fi Spitfires ever since I heard Backfire, my favourite song from their sophomore album Nightraid, and they don’t disappoint. They deliver a set that mainlines the first wave of British punk, they play to a respectable crowd and down the front there is collection of hardcore fans pogoing for all they are worth. Hi-Fi Spitfires frontman, Steve Straughan seems to be an ever present over the course of the weekend, this is his second appearance after playing with Loaded 44 yesterday and he will be making his final appearance of the weekend when he appear with the UK Subs later today.

Rebellion 2016 bar stool preachers by dod morrison photographyBarstool Preachers are another band I’ve been meaning to see live since I reviewed their excellent debut album, Blatant Propaganda. Their ska fuelled set is played to a capacity crowd in a packed and sweaty Pavillion Stage. Inflatable footballs make their first appearance of the weekend and are frantically being batted round the stage by the ebullient crowd. Much to my surprise Barstool Preachers are actually better live than they are on record and I’d seriously recommend catching them live if you get the chance.

Rebellion 2016 Jilted John by Dod Morrison PhotographyJilted John, best known for their eponymous hit single, are playing the Empress Ballroom and I presume most of the crowd are here on the strength of hearing that live. They tease the audience by opening with the instantly recognisable riff before stopping dead, and heading into a set of lovelorn poppy punk,  which inevitably ends with their classic single. Vince Ray And The Boneshakers are paying their mutated take on rock ‘n roll, the distorted guitar riffs blend rockabilly with a jagged punk edge and inject a little rock ‘n roll into the weekend.

Louise Distras is playing the Almost Acoustic Stage, the first of her two sets this weekend, the and the venue is rammed front to back, she plays her heartfelt songs with her customary passion. She plays songs that is centred around alienation, unity and defiance that can only come straight from the heart, each number receives a deservedly rousing reception. I return outdoors to the Tower Stage to catch GBH playing a highly charged set of their UK82 hardcore that warms the audience up nicely for tonight’s headline act. The Damned occupy the prestigious Saturday night headline slot. In this 40th anniversary of punk who better than the band who released the first punk single and album, were the first to split up, the first to reform and now they are one of the few from the first wave of punk who are still in existence.

Rebellion 2016 The Damned by Dod Morrison PhotographyThe current line up of The Damned, the most stable in their turbulent forty year history, are better live than they’ve ever been and the stars have aligned for their appearance at Rebellion Festival. Tonight’s show for me was even more impressive than their triumphant fortieth anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall. They play an energetic set culled largely from their first five albums, and although there are no songs from their eagerly anticipated new album, no one is complaining. Their deliver an energetic crowd pleasing set, the sound is perfect, the weather is perfect and even after all this time they clearly love playing together.

By now I’m limping quite badly so my decision for one of the later sets is made, Jello Biafra is being interviewed by John Robb, well I say interviewed, he rarely gets a word in as Jello Biafra is an animated and entertaining speaker. Of course politics are discussed, the candidacy of Donald Trump was never going to be the elephant in the room, but there also insights into origins of the American Punk scene and the early days of the Dead Kennedys. This is the end of the Saturday for me, although there are still events going on late into the night. My planned early night goes west as my taxi driver turns out to be an old punk and we spend a good thirty minutes outside the hotel discussing our favourite bands and songs, it’s been the kind of weekend.

The Punk Site review of the Friday at Rebellion Festival can be found here

Photography by Dod Morrison

SLF Holmfirth

Stiff Little Fingers / Louise Distras

Picturedrome, Holmfirth, UK

22nd July 2016
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

SLF Holmfirth 8Tonight Stiff Little Fingers are playing the Picturedrome, this is a venue that lies in the heart of the picturesque Yorkshire town of Holmfirth, it might seem like an unlikely setting for a live venue, even more so for a punk concert, but over the years this venue has established itself as one of the best live venues in the UK and is an almost certain destination of many bands tour schedules. Stiff Little Fingers current line up has been stable for the last ten years and features two original members, bassist Ali McCordie and of course, the only ever present member of the band, frontman and guitarist Jake Burns, who are complimented by long term, members guitarist Ian McCallum and drummer Steve Grantley.

Louise Distras Holmfirth 1Louise Distras opens tonight’s proceedings, she is playing a solo acoustic set that mainly features stripped down versions of the songs that populated her acclaimed debut album, Dreams From The Factory Floor. Initially she plays to a sparsely populated Picturedrome, but as she plays her heartfelt powerful songs, it’s clear that her set is well received as the crowd swiftly swells, drawing in people who have been enjoying the late evening sunshine outside the venue. She delivers her politically sussed lyrics with venom and her compositions aren’t tamed by being played acoustically. Amongst the set we also get treated to some of her new material, that will hopefully be seeing release later this year, and the new songs sound as strong as those which came before.

Louise Distras Holmfirth 3Louise Distras plays a set that features songs of heartbreak and of social injustice, these are both delivered with equal passion, her powerful and emotive vocals ring out across the venue, and as all the doors in the venue are open as the Picturedrome is already approaching boiling point, across the town of Holmfirth. Louise Distras is one of the most promising singer songwriters in the UK, she can deliver silky smooth vocals, but she can equally spit venom with barely restrained fury. Every time I’ve seen her play I’ve been impressed with her commitment and passion, and if you want to hear someone who captures the essence of the defiant spirit of punk then you need look no further than Louise Distras.

SLF Holmfirth 1Following Louise Distras set the Picturedrome swiftly fills to capacity, Stiff Little Fingers have accrued a die hard following over their almost four decade long career, whilst much of the audience is over forty it’s heartening to see the crowd contains a healthy number of young faces, and there are also a few parents who have bought their children along for tonight’s show, so the next generation of punks are also present. A dub heavy set of music precedes the traditional and familiar strains of Go Fot It that indicates that Stiff Little Fingers set is imminent, the packed crowd sing out the guitar riff and as it fades out an almighty cheer greets Belfast’s finest as they take the stage.

SLF Holmfirth 2They open with Wasted Life, immediately the audience is singing along to every word of tonight’s breakneck run through Stiff Little Fingers extensive back catalogue, which continues unabated with Fade Away and Roots, Radicals, Rockers And Reggae. Jake Burns announces that the next song is dedicated to Simon Cowell, the man responsible for the bland offerings of the X Factor, he states “five young boys doing backflips does not constitute a rock ‘n roll band” prior to them launching into Guitar And Drum. Nobody’s Hero is of course well received but the biggest cheer of the night is reserved for Barbed Wire Love, the idea of a breakdown in a punk song into a fifties rock ‘n roll style has often been copied, by bands such as The Vandals and Masked Intruder, but it has never been bettered than in this incendiary number.

SLF Holmfirth 3The tempo is briefly brought down for Listen, and Doesn’t Make It Alright is dedicated to the memory of John Bradbury, the drummer from The Specials who sadly passed away at the end of 2015. When they play Silver Lining it sounds better than ever, as it’s now shorn of the horn section and over production that the original recording featured. Guilty As Sin is dedicated to those that stood up and spoke about the sexual abuse of children by priests. Wait And See continues the near perfect set list and Strummerville is dedicated to the memory of The Clash’s much missed frontman Joe Strummer. When My Dark Places is played Jake Burns is frank and open about the battles with depression he’s experienced.

SLF Holmfirth 4The career spanning set keeps the capacity crowd active and vocal throughout, as Fly The Flag is played I notice that the movement amongst the crowd, people are bouncing, dancing and singing throughout the venue, even those who have stayed near the bar. Jake Burns seems to be a born raconteur and he provides insights into the origin of songs throughout the set, he introduces When We Were Young as being inspired by a meeting with the late Phil Lynott when both Stiff Little Fingers and Thin Lizzy had split up. An extended introduction leads into Tin Soldiers and the temperature continues to rise and when the classic Suspect Device, their debut single from 1979, is played the roof is practically raised at the Picturedrome

SLF Holmfirth 5Stiff Little Fingers leave the stage and the crowd is left baying for more, everyone is dripping with sweat, even the bar staff and the merchandise seller are visibly wilting, as the Picturedrome has now developed a furnace like temperature due to the exuberant energy of tonight’s crowd. The band return after only a brief moment and launch into an encore of Gotta Gettaway, of course Alternative Ulster inevitably closes the set in fine defiant form. This is a band that remains as relevant and rebellious as ever as they approach their 40th anniversary. I wish I could say that their songs aren’t relevant anymore and they are songs from darker times, given the current political situation in the UK you could argue that they are as, if not more, relevant than ever.

SLF Holmfirth 10Tonight’s show was a near perfect meeting of punks incendiary past and it’s defiant and hopeful future that anyone who attended will not forget for a long time. Both Stiff Little Fingers and Louise Distras will be playing this years Rebellion Festival, and if you’re lucky enough to be attending then I would recommend catching both of them live.

Stiff Little Fingers website can be found here

You can visit Louise Distras‘s website here

The Holmfirth Picturedrome‘s homepage can be found here

Live Photography is by Paul Husband, Paul is an award winning Manchester based photographer, his website can be found here

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